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  • Susquehanna State Park: Woodland Areas “Rolling Hills”! A Moderate 8 Miles

    Susquehanna State Park: Woodland Farm Trails Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7 Miles

    $5.00

    Susquehanna State Park: The Woodland Area's Rolling Hills! A Moderate 8 Miles -------------------- COVID-19 CHANGES: Social Distancing (6 feet) at all times. No Carpools. Bring a mask. If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, then please do not sign up. -------------------- "Experience the wilder side of Susquehanna State Park as you walk in blissful solitude through woods full of old-growth. This hike also takes us down to the Susquehanna River, just behind Rock Run Mill. There are a wide variety of gulls here, and Conowingo is a known favorite of nesting bald eagles." Transition Hike This is an awesome hike for a leg workout and for anyone wanting to step it up from an easy/easy side of moderate hikes to a tough side of moderate or even working up to strenuous hikes while checking out the very interesting sites along these trails! Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Darlington Length: 8.3 total miles with minor stream crossing on stones Trail Type: Jagged Loop Skill Level: Moderate due to hills. Scenery: Susquehanna River, mixed hardwoods, Rock Run, historic sites Exposure: More shade than the sun Season: Year-round Trailhead Elev: 250 feet Top Elev: 310 feet Note: There are restrooms and water at the Rock Run Historic Area, campground, Steppingstone Museum, and Deer Creek Picnic Area. 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 or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMD0120?from=enhsearch_loc) 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/susquehanna-woodland-farms.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. 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! Christa:[masked] • Click Here to Chip In Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health) and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving 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). 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 the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

  • American Chestnut Land Trust - North Tract Area Trails! A Moderate 3 or 7 Miles

    American Chestnut Land Trust: North Tract Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7, 12.2 or 14 Miles

    $5.00

    American Chestnut Land Trust — Featuring the North Tract Area Trails! A Very Versatile and Biodiverse Hike with Your Choice of An Easy Side of Moderate 3-Mile or A Moderate 7-Mile Hike -------------------- COVID-19 CHANGES: Social Distancing (6 feet) at all times. No Carpools. Bring a mask. If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, then please do not sign up. -------------------- The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is a local land trust located in Calvert County, Maryland, an hour's drive from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is named for a tree. Unfortunately, the American Chestnut tree succumbed to the “Chestnut Blight,” a disease introduced in 1900. Within a span of only 40 years, the blight moved down the Appalachian Mountains, destroying a climax forest that had stood for thousands of years. American chestnut trees are often the standing white trunks, bare of any bark, ghostly white, like tree skeletons amid an otherwise healthy forest. Upland farms on both sides of Parkers Creek protect what is considered the only pristine marsh on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. • Note to Members Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is an Active and Supporting Member of The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) whose charged with protecting the most pristine watershed on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The land trust protects over 3,000 acres of wetlands, forest, and farmland in rapidly developing Calvert County, Maryland. The land trust also protects land in the smaller nearby Governors Run Watershed, which contains mature hardwood forest and plant species more commonly found in the mountains and Piedmont than on the Coastal Plain. They have a comprehensive land management program established to manage all of the lands, structures, and waters for which they are responsible in an environmentally sustainable manner to protect the natural and cultural resources of the Parkers Creek and Governor's Run watersheds for the benefit of this and future generations. On the Northern area of the Land Trust, we will be experiencing Parkers Creek firsthand. In this area, both the Swamp Trail (3 miles) and Parkers Creek Loops (4.1 miles) are routes that descend to overlook the beautiful stream. At the junction of Old Parkers Creek Road, where a bridge once spanned the creek, it is possible to sit, in the closing hours of the day, and wait for the loud slap sound of a beaver trail. The forest floor bursts with Mayapple in spring along with rather large specimens of jack-in-the-pulpit. The handful of small tributaries crossed on Parkers Creek Trail show the broad leaves of three typical freshwater marshes: arrow arum, spatterdock, and pickerelweed. The landscape and hiking trails here are a real marvel of private initiative on the part of the American Chestnut Land Trust. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Prince Frederick, MD Length: Your choice of: Swamp Trail, 3.0 Miles (Lots of short/rolling, but rather steep hills that are short in duration); or adding on the Parkers Creek Loop for an additional 4.1 Miles (on the easier side and less hilly than Swamp Trail) for a total mileage of 7.1 total miles. Elevation Gain: Vertical gain is 282 feet, and vertical loss is 449 feet. Skill Level: Of either trail, the Swamp Trail features terrain that is steeper — but even these are of short duration. Trail Surface: Natural surface dirt-packed 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 or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:20676.1.99999) 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. Directions to the Trailhead Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/aclt---north-tract-area.html) for Directions 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. 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! Christa:[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 the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

  • Wild and Secluded Gorman Stream Valley! A Moderate 5-Mile Hike

    Gorman Stream Valley Park (South Area) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 5 Miles

    $5.00

    A Hike in the Wild and Secluded Gorman Stream Valley! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 5-Mile Hike with Optional Post-Hike Meal -------------------- COVID-19 CHANGES: Social Distancing (6 feet) at all times. No Carpools. Bring a mask. If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, then please do not sign up. -------------------- The Middle Patuxent River, mature mixed hardwoods, some fascinating ruins, and even a small swamp are the highlights of today's hike! The Palisades, too, offer a unique sight in Howard County. This location is truly a hidden gem in Howard County and my favorite hike in the area. The concentration of thrushes during spring migration, in particular among the hemlocks, makes this an attractive place to visit, but year 'round this is a fantastic hiking venue. Habitats found along both sides of the river are highly varied, ranging from bottomlands and upland deciduous forest to a hemlock grove on a north-facing steep, rocky cliff overlooking the river, but today we will be hiking on the south side of the river. You will soon forget you are anywhere near civilization. Along the western third of the area, the trees are typical of river bottomlands, capable of surviving occasional flooding. In the central section, the primary type of forest is upland deciduous, but there is also a hemlock grove on the cool, rocky slopes that rise abruptly from the river. Farther east, a drier deciduous forest is dominated by beech and oak. East of the power line cut which is close to our turn around point, the mature forest is again dominated by tulip poplars. This area is mostly wooded, entirely undeveloped, hence a true hidden gem, and contains no active recreational facilities so be sure to bring your own water. Please wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes for this easy trek, yet a hike with some areas of rugged trails and several stream crossings. The hike is almost all flat with one or two small and very short hills. Don't forget your camera for this hidden gem of a hike! Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Columbia, Ellicott City Scenery: Stream, mature mixed hardwoods, and even a small swamp! The palisades, too, offer a unique sight in Howard County. This hike also features a small swamp as well as hemlock groves and mountain laurel along palisades. Exposure: Shaded Trail Surface: Packed dirt with a very wild feel Length: ~5 miles Trail Type: Out and back Skill Level: Easy to Easy-Side-of-Moderate due to the rugged trails. Season: Year-round Trailhead Elev: 50 feet Top Elev: 90 feet 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 or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Columbia+MD+21044) 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/gorman-stream.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. 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! Justin:[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 the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

  • Little Bennett Regional Park (Southern Area)! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4.5 Miles

    Little Bennett Regional Park: South Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4.5 Miles

    $5.00

    Early Spring Hike in Little Bennett Regional Park (Southern Section)! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4.5 Miles. -------------------- COVID-19 CHANGES: Social Distancing (6 feet) at all times. No Carpools. Bring a mask. If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, then please do not sign up. -------------------- This Very Biodiverse Hike is Located 20 Miles from D.C. and Only about 50 Minutes from Baltimore Come see the giant anthills made by Allegheny moundbuilder ants, which are found along a portion of this hike! This hike is an easy-side-of the moderate loop through several forest types that includes a pleasant trek along Stoney Brook and Sopers Branch. This beautiful area offers Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County urbanites an almost instant retreat from the city. Located about 20 miles northwest of Washington, Little Bennett Regional Park is an excellent hiking venue. It’s Montgomery County’s largest park, covering almost 3,650 acres (a small piece also juts into Frederick County). A park since 1975, it has the county’s largest expanse of continuous woodland, splendid scenery, much wildlife, a trail network, and even better, few human users. Transition Hike This hike is an excellent choice for anyone interested in progressing from easy to moderately challenging hikes! While it is not too long, it has some gently rolling hills to help develop your hiking legs. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Clarksburg, MD Length: 4.5 total miles Scenery: Wooded Hills, Meadow Vistas, Stream Valleys and Large Allegheny Mound Builder Ant Mounds! Trail Surface: Mostly dirt, plus some gravel, grass, pine needles; rocky, rooty, muddy in places. Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type: Modified Loop Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate Season: Year-round Local Contacts: Little Bennett Regional Park Local Maps: USGS Urbana, Maryland Topo Map: Little Bennett Loop, Little Bennett Loop Regional Park Topographic Map Facilities: None at trailhead; phone at Hawks Reach Activity Center (used to be nature center), roadside toilets, water, phone near camping area's loop C, and toilets on the Purdum Trail. Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/) 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/today/USMD0093) 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 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 Refund Policies and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP/refund policies and group etiquette. Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/little-bennett---kingsley.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. 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:[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 the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.