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- Reconnecting People with the Natural World - for the Health of It -

Founded in 2007 by IT executive, Kellie Carlisle, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) aka Outdoors for Health was inspired by a passion for promoting and providing low cost opportunities for people to get up and outside to connect with the natural world and enjoy the health benefits it provides. Today, our organization has grown to become a very active 23,000+ member strong 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html)dedicated to serving our mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html) of providing education, awareness, and opportunities for people to experience the variety of health benefits provided by spending time outdoors, “just for the health of it!” Our organization has hosted over ~6000 events ranging from 2-mile newbie sneaker social hikes all the way up to 50+ mile one day fully supported hikes, and educational/awareness offerings, paddle trips, and more. So no matter your preference, we have something for you. We are a diverse organization filled with members who enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including - but not limited to hiking and educational opportunities related to the natural world. MAHG also promotes the importance of being good outdoor stewards through environmental awareness activities.

We enjoy exploring an incredible variety of locations throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) appreciates Mother Nature’s diversity and the diversity of people.ALL people are welcome and encouraged to join. Whether you are a newbie or a very seasoned outdoor enthusiast, we are sure to have an event for you on our very active and varied calendar.

Our focus is on safety, camaraderie, and having a ton of fun while connecting with the natural world. So a sense of humor is a must with us!

*** WARNING! — Our Calendar (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/calendar/) is VERY Active ALL Four Seasons and Can be Beneficial to Your Health ***

Today’s fast-paced and technologically dominated society can take a toll on a person’s psychological, physical, and emotional well-being. Many people are trapped within an indoor and plugged-in lifestyle that is overwhelming and very stressful. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group promotes reconnecting people with nature by providing plentiful and varied opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors.

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s activities are a healthy and fun way to relieve stress and “unplug” while enjoying the variety of what Mother Nature has to offer throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Decrease stress - get fitter - get healthier, and get nature empowered, all while knowing you are supporting an important cause with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group.

Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/)for information about our current charitable initiatives and programs/studies serving our mission.

• Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers many opportunities to give back by helping with maintaining trails throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and hosting in addition to participating in other environmental stewardship and community building events and workshops. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers educational classes and certifications in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and our own highly regarded Outdoor Leadership Certification program. Additionally, MAHG has an active outreach program to help with educating others regarding the many health benefits of hiking and the importance of taking care of our trails and our overall environment.

• Youth Education and Re-Connecting with the Natural World - We are currently preparing to expand our program that benefits under-represented and inner-city youth by combining connection with nature and education. Our solutions-based approach begins with a full immersion experience of hiking and other fun, unplugged and screen-less outdoor activities. We combine the activities while educating tomorrow's workers regarding the abundant employment opportunities the natural world offers in the booming field of green collar jobs. "For references and more, please visit our main website (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides opportunities for increased confidence, self-esteem, and hope for a better tomorrow. Today's youth will be the earth's stewards of tomorrow, so it is imperative that they become familiar with the world outside of their screens."

Why Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html), when you hike with MAHG, you are also helping us with serving our mission to benefit the health of others! Every step you take with MAHG is also a step for recipients of our initiatives and programs. We bring people together to have fun and make friends while enjoying the many health benefits of the great outdoors in a safe and welcoming environment. Hiking not only connects people with the natural world, but it also fosters an appreciation and respect for the environment and overall sense of community. Whether you are looking to lose weight, have never hiked a mile in your life, or are looking to rise to the challenge of hiking 30+ or miles in one day, we have a hike for you, all seasons. Remember, we were all newbies once, and we enjoy introducing others to hiking and other outdoor pursuits - in fact, it is a core part of our mission to reconnect people with the natural world.

Who Can Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — Simply put, you! Whether you are young, old, working, single, in a committed relationship, retired, laid off, shy, talkative, energetic, geeky, lazy, recovering from an injury, social, or a competitive hiker, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is for you. We do more than just embracing our diversity — we thrive on it!

When We Hike? — We do it in the morning, afternoon, after work, evening, darkest of night, every weekend day, and all year ‘round and average 20 times a week. Get your mind out of the gutter ‘cause we are talking about hiking, stewardship, and outdoor education here. Seasonally, we offer weekday day hikes in addition to our variety of after work hikes.

Where We Hike? — We hike throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond! We visit Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail almost every weekend. We strive to offer at least one easy, moderate, and strenuous hike within 60 miles of Baltimore, DC, and Northern Virginia each weekend day. MAHG hosts cookouts, white water floats, hike out/paddle backs, cave trips, natural water slides hikes, hikes to view frozen waterfalls, Appalachian Trail section hikes, camping trips, volunteer offerings, and last but certainly not least, our very popular Monuments in the Moonlight hikes.

How We Hike — Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a mission-driven (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html) nonprofit charitable organization. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to learn about our mission, programs and initiatives, and our accomplishments! We are committed to connecting people with the natural world, community building, giving back/stewardship, and providing educational opportunities. MAHG is a well-established and highly regarding organization well known for its excellent camaraderie — all with safety in mind while emphasizing having fun out on the trails! We limit our hikes to small groups for the comfort and consideration of others and to better enjoy and respect the environment.

We have many partnerships. A sample of a few and how we work with them - as a partner with Leave No Trace (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9596032/Leave_No_Trace_Hiking/) (LNT), we practice, encourage, and educate others about the importance of practicing proper outdoor ethics and teach LNT certification courses several times every year. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is also proud to be a Gold level Alliance Member of the American Hiking Society (http://www.americanhiking.org/). MAHG participates in the "Adopt and Acre" program by adopting land in the Appalachian Mountains to support The Nature Conservancy (http://www.nature.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides volunteer and trail maintenance opportunities and other community-building events throughout the entire Mid-Atlantic Region. Contact our office at 410.480.5000 or see our main website (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org) for more information regarding our cause and our accomplishments, initiatives, partnerships, and programs.

Our leadership team consists of qualified, dedicated, and very appreciated volunteers who are some of the best in the region!

We hope to see you on the trail soon for great times while enjoying all the health benefits of connecting with the natural world - remember to bring your sense of humor (a must with us) and be prepared to have a ton of fun!

Kellie Carlisle - Founder, MAHGs Board of Directors, and the MAHG Volunteer Leadership Team

Upcoming events (5+)

Rock Creek Wednesday After Work Hike in the Central and Southern Areas (06/19)

Rock Creek Park (After Work-Weekday Version) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 4-6 Miles

$3.00

Rock Creek Park Wednesday — Featuring the Beautiful and Uniquely Different Central and Southern Regions! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4-6 Mile After Work Hike! We Will Hike Slightly Different Routes Each Week to Explore Rock Creek Park’s Diverse Southern and Central Sections Come out and receive an after work restorative dose of outdoor activity, plus a sampling of the parks natural charms! Rock Creek Park forms a big wedge that follows its namesake creek from Washington’s northern apex down to the creek’s mouth on the Potomac River. Washington, DC, has long been called the City of Trees. Despite a net tree-cover loss of roughly 60 percent since 1980, the name still aptly applies, and the parks remain mostly wooded. This park, especially its southern section, celebrates the District’s arboreal heritage. The park’s central section features a rocky and superbly scenic creek valley while the southern region is more arboreal in nature. Most of the trees are deciduous, such as oaks, hickories, maples, dogwoods, and sycamores. Hikers will also find more exotic varieties along the way, with wildflowers and birds adding further color and interest to the trailside parklands. Administratively, the parklands are all part of the National Park Service’s Rock Creek Park. However, the area is divided into four distinct and separate units and regions; Melvin Hazen, Glover-Archbold, Whitehaven, and Dumbarton Oaks Parks. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Washington, DC Scenery: Gently rolling woodlands, rocky creek, and seasonally, magnificent fall foliage. Length: 4-6 total miles Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in the wintertime Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate and ideal for those wanting to transition from Easy-to-Moderate level hiking. Trail Surface: Mostly dirt or stony dirt; some pavement, grass; rocky, rooty in places. Season: Year-round Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Note and Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/zmw:20001.1.99999) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/rock-creek---peirce-mill.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:45-5:55 p.m. The Hike is at 6:00 p.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) to lead hikes for MAHG. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails! Lauren: ‭[masked]‬ • Please Click Here (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Chip-In to Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

Thurs. After Work DC Urban Hike: West Area of Capitol Hill! An Easy 4 Mi (06/20)

Hike DC Series: Hike 01: L’Enfant’s City (Capitol Hill-West) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 4 Miles

$3.00

Urban DC Hike Series (Hike 1 of 13): Featuring -- Capitol Hill's West Area (L’Enfant’s City)! A Newbie Friendly and Easy and Flat 4-Mile Social Sneaker Hike (Hike Begins and Terminates at the Same Metro Stop) We invite you to join MAHG for a series of weekday early evening urban sneaker hikes throughout DC. Each of the 13 unique hikes explores a different area of the city. All of the easy/newbie friendly treks begin and end at the same METRO stop where they start, making them very accessible. There are many ways to see cities, but for anyone desiring a sense of the history and the character of an urban place, the city is best seen on foot. Though Washington DC is only 220 years old, it has a remarkable number of historic buildings, lands, and residences. Hike 1 of 13 -- Capitol Hill's West Area (L’Enfant’s City) Today's hike explores the area just to the west of “L’Enfant’s City”— Capitol Hill. Our route passes through some of the streets around Union Station, Congress, and includes a number of government and residential places of interest. Park Entry Fee This hike begins and ends at the same METRO location. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Washington%2C+DC) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings. If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular place, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here for a list (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/carpool-locations.html) of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions%3A_Union_Station_%28Rotunda_Location%29/)to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:45-5:55 p.m. The Hike is at 6:00 p.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and Donations ARE Tax Deductible. Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there Toby:[masked] • Please Click Here (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Chip-In to Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

Saint Mary’s River State Park: A Hidden Gem! A Moderate 8-Mile Hike

St. Mary’s River State Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7.5 Miles

$5.00

Saint Mary’s River State Park: Hidden Gem! Moderate 8 Miles "Situated at the northern end of the St. Mary's River watershed, the park shows a wide range of habitats, from wooded acres and fields to swamps and small streams. With such a diversity, you can also find many different types of plant and animal species." From the park's home page Boasting more than 8 miles of pristine trails, St. Mary's Lake is a fantastic destination. Southern Maryland does not usually conjure up images of great hiking destinations. However, near Lexington Park, north of St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, is a small treasure not too many hikers know about -- St. Mary's River State Park. St. Mary's River State Park is a park that is not well known, but a real treasure. The park is located on the headwaters of the St. Mary's River, and is divided into two sites. This 8-mile trail encircles the 250 acre St. Mary's Lake. Prior to the landing of England's colonists and as far back as 3,000 years ago, several Indian tribes, including the Piscataway-Conoy, Algonquins, and Susquehanocks, called this area home. Evidence of their existence can still be found along the banks of the river in the form of arrowheads, pottery, and ax heads. The hike's lack of serious elevation change makes this trail ideal for those new to hiking. A more advanced hiker should not be discouraged, however, due to the great biodiversity. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Lexington Park Length: 8 total miles Natural Features: Beautiful scenery around the lake. Take notice of the variety of habitats, ranging from wooded acres and grassy fields, to swamps and streams. Historic/Cultural Features: There are some 18th century homes, school and sawmill sites along the trail. Elevation Gain: 150 feet Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Easy to moderate with flat, winding trails. Season: Open sunrise to sunset daily Trailhead Elevation: 80 feet Top Elevation: 100 feet Topo Map: Saint Mary's River State Park Topographic Map Hike Pace This hike will be led at a moderate pace of about 2.5 - 3.0 mph. This is the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. Park Fee The day use service charge is $3/vehicle year-round. Out-of-state residents add $2. Carpool Information Baltimore Area Carpool To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. Northern Virginia Area Carpool To carpool or caravan from the Northern Virginia area, meet at Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Station in the north side parking lot. Click Here for directions to the Vienna/Fairfax metro (http://www.midatlantichiking.com/pages/Directions_to_Vienna-Fairfax_Metro_Station/). Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. If you can drive or want to carpool from an additional location, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (https://midatlantichikinggroup.org/saint-marys-river-state-park.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:15-8:25 a.m. Hike is at 8:30 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Leashed FIDO is Welcome On This Hike! Christa:[masked]

C&O Canal Natl Hist Park: Billy Goat B & C! A Mod 6 Miles w/ Some Rock Scrambles

C&O Canal National Historical Park: Billy Goat ‘B’ and 'C' with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 6 Miles

$5.00

C&O Canal National Historical Park: Great Falls and Billy Goat Sections ‘B’ and ‘C’! A Moderate 6.5-Mile Hike with Rock Scrambles This version of the Billy Goat trail hikes is ideal for those looking for the great views along with some rock scrambling -- but don't care much for the heights involved with the other section! Understandably, Billy Goat Section 'A' can be overwhelmingly high up there for some of us. This hike option provides a way for you to come on out and join in the fun times and also enjoy a great side benefit of being on a less crowded and lesser known about trail segment of the Billy Goat trails -- albeit being just as much fun and also having some adventurous scrambling to boot for a win-win for all! This hike contains some rock scrambling so come on out and climb some of the boulders with us for a ton of fun! Billy Goat Section 'C' has rock scrambles while the trail 'B' is the most scenic trail out of the three Billy Goat sections and provides breathtaking views of the river and all of its majesty. What is rock scrambling you might ask? Anytime you have to use your hands to get over rocks or steep parts; we call it rock scrambling, and there is a little of that on this short hike. No special gear is necessary for scrambling and the scramble is only a portion of the hike!! Neither Billy Goat 'C' nor 'B' sections are traveled anywhere near as much as the 'A' section. Although the overall rating for this hike is “moderate,” it is mostly easy, relatively flat hiking. The increase in the rating comes from several rock scrambles that have to be negotiated. Parts of the trail can be quite rocky and, after periods of heavy rain, other sections can be muddy. Good hiking boots are recommended for this hike. Unlike the 'A' section, dogs are allowed on the 'C' and 'B' sections. Make sure he is trail worthy. He’ll have to do the same rock scrambles as you do so keep that in mind. What is Rock Scrambling? What is rock scrambling you might ask? Anytime you have to use your hands to get over rocks or steep parts, we call it rock scrambling and it rocks (pun intended-grin) Please note that this is not rock climbing and no special gear is necessary for scrambling. Additionally, the scramble is only a portion of the hike. Please contact the leader(s) or myself, with any questions for this hike at the numbers below with any questions or concerns you might have as that is part of what we are here for. Remember there was a first time each of us, so if you are up to the challenge, we welcome you to RSVP and look forward to seeing you there for this adventure! What are the Billy Goat Trails and What is the Difference Between the Sections (‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’’)? The Billy Goat Trails have been popular with hikers since the mid-1800s. Comprised of three separate trails, all accessible from the towpath, and designated as Sections “A”, “B”, and “C”, the Billy Goat Trails offer beautiful views of the Potomac River. Please choose the appropriate trail by its difficulty level as we offer Billy Goat Trail hikes frequently and are sure to mix and match the three sections (our hikes vary from offering only one or all the sections) so there is a Billy Goat combination for everyone! Section “A” (NOT Part on Todays Hike - Included for Informational Purposes) is strenuous and involves a lot of rock scrambling and the need for good balance. With its difficult terrain, the 1.7-mile hike, while short, is much more challenging than other trails of the same distance. Hikers in less than optimal health or those not experienced or properly outfitted, should consider other trail hiking options. NOTE: Dogs are NOT permitted in this area (section A) of Billy Goat trail. Section “B” (This Section is Part of Todays Hike Plan) is a moderate hike. Located just downstream from section ‘A’, and is located in the Marsden Tract area. Section “B” contains fewer and smaller rock scrambles and provides a quieter atmosphere than section “A”. NOTE: Dogs ARE permitted in this area (section B) of Billy Goat trail. Section “C” (This Section is Part of Todays Hike Plan) is more like a “regular” hike in our area. Although there are still a few rock outcroppings, most of the trail is wooded (a great section for when it is hotter outside). It is located just downstream from “A” and “B”, in the Carderock area of the park. NOTE: Dogs ARE permitted in this area (section C) of Billy Goat trail. Trail Information Nearby City: Potomac, MD Scenery: Mather Gorge and Great Falls from the Maryland Side Distance: About a 6-mile round trip including the jaunt on the towpath in one of its most beautiful stretches. Elevation Gain: 200 ft (although there is not a lot of elevation gain on this route, a portion of this hike requires some bouldering and as a result, the "perceived effort" can seem more difficult) Difficulty: Easy to Moderate due to scramble Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots since there is some rock scrambling, but not as much as Billy Goat 'A'. Hike Type: Dumbbell Circuit Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMD0325?lswe=Potomac,%20MD&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_typeahead) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings. Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location. Annapolis Area Carpool Suggestion - Starbucks To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, people can arrange to meet at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool%3A_Starbucks_at_Harbour_Center_in_Annapolis/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Annapolis area carpool location. If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gfp---carderock-3.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m. The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:15 a.m. Carpool Time from Annapolis — 8:00 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html)and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! Mike: • Click Here to Chip In Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group inServing our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). 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Dad's Day AT: Crampton, Fox, & Turners Gaps and Wash. Monument! Easy-Stren 12 Mi

AT Hike (MD): Crampton Gap, Fox Gap, Turners Gap, and Washington Monument with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 12 Miles

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