• Savage Mill Park! Hiker's Choice of Easy 2 Up to Moderate 9 Miles
    Hike in Historic Savage Park — A Something for Everyone Hike — Featuring Your Choice of Distance! Options Range from An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 2.4 Miles, a Moderate 4 Miles, or a Very-Moderate 8-9 Total Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal for Continued Camaraderie Best Of All -- You Can Decide While On The Trail How Far You Want To Hike and Each Choice of Distance Options Ends Next To The Hike's Start Location! This route provides a beautiful trek along the Middle Patuxent River to its confluence with the Little Patuxent River. Much of our hike plan takes us along trails that are right up next to the stream. Within minutes of setting off, you will be transported from one of the most densely populated suburbs in America to a lovely and peaceful woodland along two former mill streams. The first segment is along a trail leading through beech, oak, and pine trees before confronting the rapids-filled Patuxent River. Very thick woods, beech, oak, and poplar crowd either side of this beautiful trail. Trail Information Nearby City: Old Historic Savage Area Length: Your Choice of 2.4 Easy Side of Moderate Miles, A Moderate 4 Miles, or A Very Moderate 8-9 Total Miles. NOTE: You can decide while on the trail how far you want to hike because all paces offer all distances. Mix and match to customize the perfect combination for you! Each distance option passes by where the hike began. Elev. Gain: Rolling hills with a couple of steep climbs, but we will stop to rest as necessary because we are all about the camaraderie. Trail Type: Modified Loop Scenery: Middle Patuxent and Little Patuxent River; Savage Mill and other Historic Sites. Exposure: Mostly shade Trail Surface: Packed dirt with several sections well mulched. Skill Level: Easy to More Moderate depending on how far you opt hike. The hills are mostly farther along the trail. 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 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. (Metro) VA East Area Carpool Suggestion - Vienna/Fairfax Area METRO Station To carpool or caravan from Vienna/Fairfax area, people can arrange to meet at the Fairfax Area METRO Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions_to_Vienna-Fairfax_Metro_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station location. DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Centerville_Park_and_Ride_Carpool/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location. If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular location, 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 (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list 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! Optional Post Hike Meal and Camaraderie! We will have optional post-hike meal at nearby Rams Head Tavern (8600 Foundry St., Savage, Maryland 20763) Telephone:[masked]. Click Here (http://ramsheadtavernsavage.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/ThanksGivingMenus2017Taverns.pdf) to view the restaurant's Thanksgiving menu and additional information. Please do not purchase tickets for the prix fixe meal; we will eat downstairs from their regular menu. Additional Points of Interest Nearby Time should be saved to explore nearby Savage Mill (pictured above and also where the optional lunch is so if you join us for lunch you will see it anyway-grin). Nine buildings remain, dating back to 1820. In 1974, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take note that our post-hike meal restaurant is located in Savage Mill, pictured above, and is a destination within itself. If you enjoy shopping at an artsy type of mall or enjoy antiquing, consider planning on spending some time after lunch perusing the unique shops and galleries. Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/savage-park---vollmerhausen.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m. The Hike is at 10:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Vienna Metro — 8:45 a.m. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 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 charity, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html). 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! Tonie:[masked] • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 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.

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    Savage Mill Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy Side of Mod. 2.4 Miles, A Moderate 4 Miles or A Strong Moderate 9 Miles

    Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , MD

    $5.00
    4 comments
  • Burke Lake! An Easy and Newbie-Friendly 7-Mile Sneaker Hike
    Beautiful Burke Lake Area Trails! An Easy and Newbie-Friendly 7-Mile Sneaker Hike Burke Lake Park is Located About 20 Miles Southwest of Washington in Fairfax County Burke Lake Park consists of a 220-acre man-made lake enveloped by almost 700 acres of woodlands remarkably, much of the 40-year-old, county-managed park remains undeveloped and unvisited. Our main route primarily follows the lakeshore, so that hikers encounter few other people. This hike is a 1.35-mile jaunt from South Run park to the entrance of Burke Lake Park. The trail around Burke Lake is a 5.1-mile loop consisting of most of the lakeshore path followed by a brief detour, bringing our total mileage to 7 miles and some change. You’ll spend most of your trail time in the woods, surrounded by young oaks and other deciduous trees, as well as a scattering of conifers. In the warm-season months, expect to have wildflowers and birds for company (the island in the lake is a state waterfowl refuge). You may even see a deer or two on the path from South Run to Burke Lake. Hiking boots are not necessary for this hike as sneakers will do just fine. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Annandale Scenery: Woodlands and lake glimpses Length: 7.35 total miles Elevation Gain: Very Minimal Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter Trail Type: Lollipop Skill Level: Easy and Newbie-Friendly Sneaker Hike Trail Surface: Sneaker friendly and mostly paved, some fine gravel; some dirt and sand. Season: Year-round Local Maps: USGS Fairfax Topo Map: Burke Lake Park Topographic Map Facilities: Toilets, water, phones at the marina; toilets off the trail at campground, 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.wunderground.com/q/zmw:22003.1.99999) 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. 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. 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://midatlantichikinggroup.org/south-run-recreation-center.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m. The Hike is at 10:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 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/18298-for-the-health-of-it). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Please take the hike leader(s) number with you and enjoy the hike! Toby:[masked] • Please Click Here (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) Now and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/33981-sponsor-a-veteran-today) 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 Serving our Mission!!!

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    Burke Lake Area Trails with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 7 Mile Social Sneaker Hike

    Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , VA

    $5.00
  • Patuxent Research Refuge: South Tract! A Newbie, Nature Enjoyment-Paced 3 Miles
    Hike in Patuxent Research Refuge - (South Tract)! A Newbie/Rehab Friendly 3-Mile Nature Enjoyment-Paced Sneaker Hike with Optional Post Hike Visit to the National Wildlife Visitor Center Sneakers and something to hydrate with is all you need for this hike. This hike for members who are rehabbing from surgery, injuries, or anyone who enjoys a hike where the focus is on taking in the sites more than the pace of the hike. Come out and enjoy the special camaraderie this type of hike provides. In the heart of the Baltimore-Washington corridor, the National Wildlife Visitor Center is located off of Powder Mill Road, 2 miles east of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, just south of Laurel, Maryland. National Wildlife Visitor Center Although designed to accommodate the human visitor, the National Wildlife Visitor Center continues to maintain the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats. As a visitor, it becomes your responsibility to ensure that wildlife has a place to grow and survive for future generations by respecting Visitor Center regulations and obeying posted signs. The largest science and environmental education center in the Department of the Interior. This unique U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facility is located on the 12,841 acres Patuxent Research Refuge. The Visitor Center is designed to provide visitors with knowledge and appreciation of the role of wildlife research in preserving the earth's vital resources. Interactive exhibits focus on global environmental issues, migratory bird routes, wildlife habitats, and endangered species recovery efforts. Surrounding forests, lakes and trails provide opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation, educational programs, and group tours. State-of-the-art exhibits demonstrate the value of wildlife research and the importance of making informed choices for the good of our environment. For those interested, we will enjoy the center after our hike. The building is open until 4 pm along with the entire campus including trails due to a lack of volunteers available to keep it open any later. Trail Information Nearby City: Laurel, MD Length: 3 Miles Elev. Gain: Minimal and sneaker friendly Trail Type: Loop-Modified Skill Level: Very Easy Season: Year-round Special Considerations: Because the area is managed for wildlife research, Zero Impact Hiking is especially important. No picnicking is allowed along the 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 or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMD0235?from=dayDetails_topnav_undeclared) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace The goal for this hike is to be led at a pace with a focus on nature enjoyment and rehabbing an injury. This is specifically for those who either need (injury rehab, etc.) or prefer a hike without having to worry about being able to maintain a certain pace. The environment of this type of hike is supportive, and everyone works as a team, and no pressure is put on anyone to keep up. If you are new to hiking or rehabbing but still looking to hike, this one is for you. Having said all that upfront, we welcome any and all who are interested – come on out and enjoy a change of pace and unparalleled camaraderie that thanks to our wonderful members and fantastic leaders make the MAHG charity the success that we are! Our RSVP Policies 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 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/prr---south---visitor-s-center.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m. The Hike is at 10:00 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! Mary:[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.

    Patuxent Wildlife Refuge: South Tract with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 3 Mile Hike

    Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , MD

    $5.00
    Respond by: 11/18/2018
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  • 🎄Holiday Event! Meadowlark Gardens “Winter Walk of Lights” Sneaker Hike🎄
    🎄Join Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group for Our 6th Annual Meadowlark Gardens "Winter Walk of Lights" Special Fundraiser Sneaker Hike! This holiday event will be our 7th year to enjoy the "Winter Walk of Lights". We are confident that all who join us for this night of fun and festivities will have a ton of fun! Now, it wouldn’t be a party without candles, or in this case, 500,000 dazzling twinkling colorful lights shaped in imaginative displays throughout the gardens. Enjoy the illuminations of flowers, animals, fountains, a stream, and much more. Enjoy the animated light display Lakeside Lights set to five-holiday songs next to the lake for an exciting energizing show that is bound to impress you! The show features over 40,000 LED lights on over 200 circuits and sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Admission Information (Purchasing Online Provides the Best Price) Online Tickets (BEST PRICE) Ages 13 and Older: $14 Ages 3-12: $8 Under 3: Free *PROMO CODE: enter WOW18 for half price* At the Door Tickets Ages 13 and Older: $16.50 Ages 3-12: $10.50 Under 3: Free You are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meadowlarks-winter-walk-of-lights-tickets-38158153063), prior to the event. ☞ Be sure to purchase tickets for November 19th for 7 PM. Although, they will have some tickets that can be purchased at the gate, but not many. So, guarantee your entry, and save money, by purchasing your tickets online. Click Here (http://novaparks.ticketfly.com/event/1563455-meadowlarks-winter-walk-vienna/) to purchase your ticket(s) online now, and use PROMO Code WOW18 for half price on your tickets. 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. 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! ❄️ ATTENTION!! In the market for traction gear? Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group proudly offers our members exceptional discounts for Kahtoola MICROspikes®, purchased directly through MAHG! Click Here for More Information and How to Purchase Your Discounted Pair of MICROspikes® (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/21726344/Kahtoola_Microspike_Ordering_MAHG_Member_Price/)OR contact the MAHG office at[masked]. Not only will you receive the best price you are likely to find anywhere, but all proceeds go directly to support Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group and our mission. *Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization - Tax ID[masked]. Kahtoola, the manufacturer of MICROspikes®, recognizes and supports MAHG's mission and our valuable contributions to the community. For over ten years and counting and over 23K members strong, MAHG serves the community with over 5500 events, thousands of hours of stewardship service, and serves our initiatives. Visit http://midatlantichikingroup.org for details on how we serve our mission through our initiatives and their corresponding programs. ⛄️ Click Here Now (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/21726344/Kahtoola_Microspike_Ordering_MAHG_Member_Price/)to Order Your Member Discounted Pair of Kahtoola MICROspikes® and enjoy what is likely the best price you will find anywhere while also receiving the benefits of hiking all year 'round and supporting our organization for a win-win-win! Directions to this Special Holiday Event Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions_to_Meadowlark_Gardens/) to Where We Meet for the Good Times Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 6:45-6:55 p.m. The Event is at 7:00 p.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 5:30 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 (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Fido is Not Allowed on this Hike Due to Park Regulations. Let’s have fun times and see you there! Toby:[masked] • Please Click Here Now (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/33981-sponsor-a-veteran-today) 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. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission!!!

    Holiday Special Event: Meadowlark Gardens Presents: "Winter Walk of Lights" with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group!

    Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , VA

    $5.00
    11 comments
  • Thanksgiving Hike at Meadowood Recreation Area! An Easy-Moderate 5 Miles
    Start Thanksgiving Day With a Hike in Meadowood! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 5 Miles! This hidden gem offers a unique opportunity for us to explore the rich history, environmental, and recreational opportunities on Mason Neck. This area has rare undeveloped and protected lands compared to other regions in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area contains a variety of terrains and vegetation types. These include gently sloping open meadows, mature hardwood forests along steep slopes and floodplains, and riparian areas, freshwater ponds, and streams. Located on Mason Neck peninsula in Fairfax County, Virginia, Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area offers 13 miles of hiking trails including a universally accessible trail to Hidden Pond, two fishing ponds, 800 acres of forest and meadows, environmental education programs, geocaching, picnicking and bird watching. The 9,000 acre Mason Neck peninsula is located along the Potomac River about 18 miles south of Washington, D.C. Two-thirds of the peninsula is protected and managed by Federal, State, and Local Agencies. Cooperative management of this rural area provides 500 total acres for recreation while still protecting natural resources. Habitat is provided for migratory and resident waterfowl, bald eagle nesting, feeding and roosting, and enhancement of species diversity for a variety of wildlife, including blue heron, wood ducks, screech owls, bluebirds, and tree frog, so there is a high chance that we will see a bird or two! Also, interesting to note are that plans are to manage it to provide open space for recreation, environmental education, and wild horse and burro interpretation. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Lorton, VA Length: 5 miles of natural surface trails Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type: Modified Loop Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate Season: Year-round 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/today/USMD0052) 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. 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 (https://midatlantichikinggroup.org/meadowood-rec-mgmt-area.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! Greg:[masked] • Click Here to Chip In Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)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 Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

    Meadowood Recreation Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7- to 8-Mile Hike

    Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , VA

    $5.00
    Respond by: 11/22/2018
  • Black Friday Hike: Patapsco Valley SP! Cascade Falls & Orange Grove! Mod 6 Miles
    Black Friday Hike in Patapsco Valley State Park! A Moderate 6.4 Miles See waterfalls, rivers, streams, upland forest, historical structures, and entire herds of deer in one of the more diverse hikes in the park! There are a few very minor stream crossing on this hike and it is a moderate hike. We will also see the swinging bridge and Bloedes Dam! Trail Information Nearby City: Ellicott City Length: 6.4 total miles Elev. Gain: 80 feet Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Moderate Season: Year-round Local Contacts: Patapsco Valley State Park Hilton Area Weather Information We hike rain or shine! Click here (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/21043?lswe=21043&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_localwx) for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead Park Fee The park has a 3.00 dollar entrance fee payable by the honor system at the gate entrance. Directions to Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/patapsco---swinging-bridge.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:15-9:25 a.m. Hike Meetup Time is 9:30 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 Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there. Mary:[masked] • Click Here Now to Donate (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) 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 Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

    PVSP: Orange Grove Area (Cascade Falls-Weekday) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 6.4 Miles

    Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , MD

    $5.00
    Respond by: 11/23/2018
  • Black Friday at Lake Accotink! Easy/Newbie-Friendly 6-Mi Sneaker Hike
    An Early Autumn Hike on Lake Accotink Park Area Trails! An Easy 6-Mile Social Sneaker Hike with Optional Post-Hike Meal Lake Accotink Park is a neighborhood park in the Springfield area of south-central Fairfax County. Most of its 480 acres are covered by deciduous woods that serve as a nature preserve. In warm weather, visitors head for the park’s namesake lake to boat, fish, picnic, wander around, loaf, or enjoy the nearby playground and carousel. The lakeshore trail makes up much of the 6.4-mile route described below. Although it’s no aerobic challenge, it’s hilly enough to provide lake views and a modest workout. The rest of the route consists of a level spur trail that follows Accotink Creek downstream from nearby Wakefield Park. The two trails provide an easy and pleasant hike through a seasonally changing landscape in which nature is evident but suburbia rarely absent. Hiking boots are not necessary for this hike, sneakers are fine. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Springfield Scenery: Woodlands and lake views Length: 6 total miles Elevation Gain: Minimal Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Easy Trail Surface: Mostly paved, some fine gravel; some dirt and sand. Season: Year-round Local Maps: USGS Annandale; posted trail map around lake Topo Map: Lake Accotink Park Topographic Map Facilities: Toilets, water, warm season snack bar(closed in winter), phones near the trailhead and at the marina. Park Fee There is no park fee for this hike. 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 or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USVA0723) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace This hike will be led at a moderate pace of about 2.5 mph (pace of an average hiker). Our RSVP Policies 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 locations 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/or 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. If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular location, 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 (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list 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. Optional Post Hike Lunch We will have an optional post-hike lunch at Kilroy's in Ravensworth Shopping Center. Click Here (http://kilroys.com/) for Information and Menu Information for Kilroy's. Restaurant Address 5250-A Port Royal Road Springfield Virginia 22151 Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/lake-accotink-county-park.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike. Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m. The Hike is at 10:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:45 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) non-profit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and Donations ARE Tax Deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have good times out on the trails and see you there! Seth:[masked] • Please Click Here Now (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/33981-sponsor-a-veteran-today) 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 Serving our Mission!!!

    Lake Accotink with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie/Friendly and Easy 6 Mile Sneaker Hike

    Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · Springfield, VA

    $3.00
    Respond by: 11/23/2018
  • Piedmont Hike at Sky Meadows State Park: A Moderate 8.4-Mile Hike
    Piedmont Hike at Sky Meadows State Park: A Moderate 8.4-Mile Hike with Optional Post Trek Meal When first approaching,it is easy to see how Sky Meadows got its name, and why amateur astronomers flock here to view the heavens. Hillside pastures offer expansive views in every direction. The views from Piedmont Overlook and the Ambassador Whitehouse Trail stir memories of alpine meadows. The Appalachian Trail passes through the park for 3 miles, numerous house ruins and wagon roads tell the story of long-gone farmers. Suspended from the Appalachian Trail, the park spreads across the Blue Ridge’s eastern flanks down to the Piedmont with vistas unsurpassed in the metro area. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Delaplane, VA Length: 8.4 total miles Elevation Change: 1592 feet Elevation Gain: 800 feet Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Moderate due to a mix of a "long" uphill climb at the beginning of the hike (about 2 miles), through hillside meadows, and level terrain along the ridge top. The forest trails in places are rocky and narrow with brief, but steep, inclines and thick vegetation on each side. The toughest hill is the one described above at the beginning of the hike. Trail Surface: Forest trails, mowed meadow paths, gravel road. Local Maps: USGS 7.5 minute series: Upperville, VA Topo Map: Sky Meadows State Park Topographic Map Schedule: Open 8:00 a.m. to dusk, including holidays. Visitor center: Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Park office: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00.p.m. Facilities: Restrooms, picnic tables, visitor center with a small nature center and gift shop (sells firewood), beverage machine at the picnic shelter. Park Entry Fee Weekdays: 4.00 dollars per vehicle. Weekends: 5.00 dollars per vehicle. Note: Please come prepared with the correct amount in the form of cash because there is a chance no one could provide change. 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/Delaplane+VA+USVA0211:1:US) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace The goal for this hike is to maintain a nature enjoyment pace so we can enjoy the sites since this is the focus of today's hike. 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. DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Centerville_Park_and_Ride_Carpool/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride 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://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions%3A_Sky_Meadows_State_Park) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m. The Hike is at 10:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:15 a.m. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 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 good times out on the trails and see you there! Greg:[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 Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

    Sky Meadows State Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 8.4 Miles

    Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , VA

    $5.00
    Respond by: 11/24/2018
  • Our 10th Annual “Garden of Lights” Sneaker Hike at Brookside Gardens!
    Join Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group for our 10th Annual Brookside Gardens "Garden of Lights" Newbie/Friendly Sneaker Hike with Optional Live Music and Refreshments! This unique annual holiday event is a ton of fun for everyone no matter their current level of fitness making this a great occasion to invite along your friends and family. We welcome and encourage anyone wanting to have good times with friends old and new and this venue is a great way to introduce others to getting up and out so that they too can benefit from the many health benefits that outdoor exercise has to offer the body, mind, and soul! (Click Here for references and more about our mission) This very popular special event promises to be a fantastic seasonal experience! Previous years have been whimsical and breathtaking, so come on out and join us for a ton of fun with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! This season will mark Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group's 10th year to enjoy the walk of lights as a group, and once again I am confident that all who join us for this night of fun and festivities will have a good time! Now, it wouldn’t be a party without candles, or in this case one million dazzling twinkling colorful lights shaped in imaginative displays throughout the gardens. Enjoy the four seasons, illuminated as giant summer sunflowers, autumn leaves, winter snowflakes, spring flowers, rain showers, and more. Walk along the paths, and you’ll see what sets this light show apart from the others; it’s the hundreds of wrapped trees and shrubs, beautifully lighted gazebos, cascading fountains, and hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals, and other natural elements. Enjoy a musical performance and visit the Conservatory to watch G-scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape. Live Music and Refreshments (Optional) Light refreshments may be purchased and enjoyed during the live entertainment. We will enjoy local musicians perform in the Visitors Center Auditorium about halfway through our trek. They play from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm tonight, so plenty of time to catch a set or more if you like, when we arrive. While you’re here, you can also do a bit of holiday shopping at their gift shop. Admission Information Although this event is a sneaker-hike through the garden, they do charge when you park in the lot. The charge is by vehicle and not by person, so we highly encourage people to meet to carpool together, even if from very nearby the event to help save money: Admission: $30 (cash only) Advance Sale Tickets: $25 (available starting November 1)! Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Conservatory or Visitors Center Gift Shop during posted gift shop hours, using cash, check or credit. 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. 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! Note: The picture directly above is just at the start of the hike. In the case that anyone has difficulty locating the group (has NOT been an issue over the past years but we like to plan just in case - please look for us as we pass through here. We will be wearing "glow-sticks" provided by Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group which helps us know who is with the group and to keep us together! Directions to this Special Event Click Here for Directions (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/1384150/Directions_to_Brookside_Gardens/) to Where We Meet for this Special Event Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 6:45-6:55 a.m. The Hike is at 7:00 p.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 6:15 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 (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Fido is Not Permitted on this Hike Due to Park Regulations! Let’s have fun we look forward to seeing you there! Toby:[masked] • Click Here Now to Donate (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) 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 Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

    Holiday Special Event: Brookside Garden Presents "Garden of Lights"! An Easy Social Sneaker Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group!

    Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , MD

    $5.00
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  • Little Bennett Regional Park (Southern Area)! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4.5 Miles
    Fall Hike in Little Bennett Regional Park (Southern Section)! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4.5 Miles. 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. 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. (Metro) VA East Area Carpool Suggestion - Vienna/Fairfax Area METRO Station To carpool or caravan from Vienna/Fairfax area, people can arrange to meet at the Fairfax Area METRO Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions_to_Vienna-Fairfax_Metro_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Vienna/Fairfax Metro 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 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 (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list 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://midatlantichikinggroup.org/little-bennett---kingsley.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m. The Hike is at 10:00 a.m. Savage carpool time is 9:00 a.m. Vienna Metro carpool time is 8:45 a.m. Annapolis carpool time is 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 Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! Fran:[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.

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

    Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , MD

    $3.00