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Free Cookout! The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups Tenth Year Anniversary Cookout

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  • MAHG's 10th Anniversary Free BBQ Cookout! We supply the food and you supply your drinks and show up ready for good times, great food, and fantastic people!

    Join Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Celebrating Our Charity's Volunteers and Members for our Tenth Year Anniversary!

    Our sponsor is supplying all the food and fixing's, and you only need to provide your drink and come ready for a ton of fun and great food with lots of fantastic people!

    We strive to make our anniversary cookouts as centrally located for our volunteers and members as possible! The food is FREE, compliments of our sponsor, and so is the great company and camaraderie! So, get up, get out, unplug, and join us for a ton of fun in the sun to celebrate Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) 10th year of promoting the numerous health benefits of hiking and connecting people with the natural world through hiking and more, yay! 

    While this event and food are all compliments of our sponsor, RSVP’s ARE REQUIRED, so we know how much supplies to purchase and prepare!


    Will Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Be Offering its “Pre-Cookout Hike” This Year?

    We are pleased to be once again hosting our annual ‘pre-cookout hike' for those of you wanting to work up your appetite, and we will have several groups of various paces throughout the morning based on how many sign up. Enjoy breathtaking views on this group favorite hike — featuring the magnificent Mather Gorge, Difficult Run Rapids, Great Falls, old lochs and a lot of other interesting historical sights. However, if you would like to join us for this spectacular hike, please understand that you MUST RSVP for the pre-cookout hike on the event page for the pre-cookout hike, so we can plan accordingly and know to included you on the hike roster.

    How and Where Do I RSVP For the Pre-Cookout Hike?
    Click Here to View More Details and RSVP for the Pre-Cookout Hike

    Cookout Information

    The plan is to fire up the grills at about 11:00 am at the marked tables within the park. We will have dogs and burgers with all the fixing's, baked beans, and the obligatory chips. We will also have a few veggie burgers, but if you have a particular preference, we recommend you bring your own, and we will grill it up for you. 

    Please contact Kellie at [masked]  or Mike at [masked] if you are interested in bringing something to share or even better, to contribute some of your time as we could certainly use a few volunteers to help us set up! Due to our massive growth spree over the past year, we expect our biggest turnout ever, yay! 

    This celebration also marks our second year since transitioning from a trail club to an official IRS designated non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity! Now, your donations are tax deductible! Our programs are starting to receive the much needed financial support they require from generous donations from members and businesses. Now MAHG can make even a more significant impact on the lives of our local communities through our speaker series, educational courses, and our hikes that make the heath benefits of hiking available to as many people as possible. MAHG is launching programs specifically focused on transporting under-represented youth out onto the trails for the "health of it". MAHG also educates older children regarding the many job opportunities that exist in the natural world, providing hope for a better tomorrow and beyond! MAHG has a lot to be thankful for this year, so we want to show you, our fellow volunteers, members, and supporters, our appreciation for making it all possible. Please join us in celebrating ten years of our combined efforts that have made serving our mission a reality. Since our founding ten years ago, thanks to our all volunteer efforts, MAHG has organized and hosted over 4700 hikes and outdoor events for our 21K active members. Moving forward as a charitable origination, we continue as we have while expanding our community building efforts to include more outreach and educational programs and much much more. Please reach out and be part of this exciting time and our timely mission. As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on passionate and qualified members of the community every step of the way.

    Park Fee
    $10.00 Per Vehicle Pass. Good for three consecutive days for one vehicle, including motorcycles, in Great Falls Park and C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine! Click Here for up to the minute weather for the park.

    Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
    Click Here to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

    Carpool Suggestions and Information

    Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
    To carpool or caravan, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Use the Comments section below or this posting or e-mail to make arrangements for arrangements for carpooling from Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

    Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion -  I-70 Park and Ride 
    To carpool or caravan from the metro Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at the I-70 Park and Ride. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Security Boulevard I-70 Park and Ride 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 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 for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.

    Annapolis Area Carpool Suggestion - Starbucks
    To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, meetup at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Annapolis area carpool location.

    If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here 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 Cookout
    Click Here for Directions to Where We Host the Cookout! 

    Grills Fire Up Around 11:00 a.m.

    Carpool time from Savage Station is 10:00 a.m.

    Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) values fellowship, camaraderie and practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. As a member-focused and mission-driven charitable organization, our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as hike leaders for MAHG's leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper”, to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. Our volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, and always focus on safety, all while enjoying excellent camaraderie, 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 our core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, and donations ARE tax deductible. Tax ID: [masked].

    A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome!

    Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there

    Mike:[masked]

    Kellie:[masked]

    Justin:[masked]

    • Funding for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group - A 501(c)(3) public charity (Tax ID[masked]) comes from both Your Private, Corporate Donations, Partnerships, and Grants. The Nominal Service Fees for MAHG Events is the Organizations Smallest Source of Support. Because We Choose to Limit How Many Can Attend a Hike for a More Enjoyable and Healthy Experience for Everyone --  but also by Doing so MAHG Limits the Amount of Funding that our Events Can Generate. A HUGE Thank You to All of You Who Contribute and Pitch-In -- Whether it be a One Time Donation, or Recurring Donations from Our Many Members Who Support Our Mission, Either Through Your Employer's Matching Program Our Directly to MAHG. 

    • There is No Such Thing as Giving Too Little, and as a Charity, Your Donation is Tax Deductible (Tax ID[masked]) whether it be money, a car, or stock.

    • Please Click Here Now and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Mission.

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

    • Click Here to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. 

    • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group ARE TAX DEDUCTABLETax ID[masked]. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. 

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  • Michael H.
    Certified Hike Leader and Wilderness Medical First Responder, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

    I am a proud member of the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group leadership team.

  • Kellie C.
    MAHG Founder, ED, and Certified Hike Leader, Organizer,
    Event Host

    Founder, Executive Director, and President of Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit....­ more

  • Bill M.
    Certified Hike Leader, NOLS First Responder, SAR, Combat Medic,
    Event Host

    Hello, I am looking for a hiking group in the area. I've hiked most of the NE AT... more

  • Todd/Ha & hiking dog S. +1
    Certified Hike Leader and Certified in Wilderness First Aid

    Education - Wilderness First Aid with MAHG [masked]

  • Rob M. +2
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    As a native New Englander, I've always enjoyed hiking - from small trails to Mt. Washington, Mt.... more

  • Eunice G +1

    Turned 50 and gone part-time.

  • Gina

    Hi, I look forward to future hikes w/this group ~

  • Penny L. +1
    Certified Hike Leader

    Movement + the good outdoors + friends old & new... PRICELESS!

  • Pamela S
    Certified Hike Leader
  • Delphia R. +1
    1 of 2 Shadow Hikes Led to Join MAHG Volunteer Leadership Team!

    Hi, I live in Maryland and am new to hiking.

  • Noelle
    Certified Hike Leader
  • Shinyi
    Certified Hike Leader and Wilderness Medical First Responder

    Endorphins Junkie

  • Mark P.
    Hike Leader

    Like to hike, like to photograph

  • Brian C.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Love the outdoors,shari­ng knowlage and hikes.

  • Mike

    Looking forward to some great hikes...

  • Virginia P.
    Hike Leader

    Life's a journey not a race; I'm a hiker not a runner. I lead at a moderate pace.

  • Justin C.
    Certified Hike Leader and Wilderness Medical First Responder, Co-Organizer
  • Diane W.
    Certified Hike Leader

    Having a blast hiking and discovering new sites. Excited to hike Scotland this April.

  • Pam
    Certified Hike Leader

    Colorado made me fall in love with hiking. A trip down and up the Grand Canyon proved I was... more

  • Moss
    Certified Hike Leader, Member of MAHG Board of Directors

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  • Wendell
    Certified Hike Leader

    Looking for adventure on the trail. It's good exercise and an opportunity to interact with... more

  • Dennis H.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Feel the need for hiking , Got Mountain ?

  • Lu
    Certified Hike Leader

    I'm always in heels but don't let that fool you. I still climb trees and with Rock Creek Park... more

  • Dan
    Certified Hike Leader

    I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks. Daniel Boone

  • Cindy S.
    Certified Hike Leader

    I have been hiking and backpacking since the 1980s - mostly in my home state of California....­ more

  • Glenn
    Certified Hike Leader, Wilderness First Aid, CPR

    I have been hiking now for about 15 years. I enjoy traveling to different parts of the world and... more

  • Ted W.
    Certified Hike Leader and Wilderness Medical First Responder

    Hi I'm a member of Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway, and I... more

  • Tim W.
    Certified Hike Leader

    just me.

  • Deborah C.
    Certified Hike Leader

    Hi, I'm Deb Cunningham. I enjoy hiking and the outdoors.

  • Eddie Benjamin Ware J.

    Eddie Here. I am in love with the outdoors!

  • Leon
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!
  • Jeremy
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Jeremy, from Harrisburg PA, love challenging hikes and being out in nature

  • Luke C.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Enjoy walking/hiking­ and yoga! Would like to make some friends!

  • Stu S.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    I find hiking, biking and kayaking all great ways to enjoy special places, appreciate nature and... more

  • Debbie
    Certified Hike Leader

    Outdoor exploration...­

  • Seth
    Certified Hike Leader

    I would like to go on hikes with other people.

  • Kolie
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    I would like to enjoy more hiking opportunities in the area

  • Raimee
    Certified Hike Leader

    My name is Raimee-I love to sail, hike, camp, bike...lots of outdoors stuff! I also love to cook... more

  • Edward
    Hike Leader, Certified in Wilderness First Aid

    I am an avid hiker, with a preference for longer, scenic, and challenging hikes.

  • Wayne M.
    Certified Hike Leader

    Amateur hiker whose base camp is Ellicott City, MD but some day I'm going to hang out in a real... more

  • Cesar H
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Looking forward to hiking.

  • Anita
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Love nature, love people, love life!

  • Russ
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Love outdoor exercise, with old friends and new.

  • Paul M.
    CERTIFIED HIKE LEADER

    I'm eager to meet everyone. I live in Ellicott City, MD and love the outdoors.

  • Ken S
    Certified Hike Leader

    I have enjoyed leading hikes for many years and enjoy the opportunity to be with and expose... more

  • Dave S
    Certifed Hike Leader and Certified in Wilderness First Aid

    I enjoy walking and hiking. Whether it is a lunch break from work on the trails in... more

  • David C.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Avid hiker always looking for new trails and steep climbs.

  • Dwayne J.
    Certified Hike Leader

    I thoroughly enjoy the great outdoors and look forward to meeting you out on the trail!

  • Steve C.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Hi, I'm Steve. I'm a retired Firefighter. I got into hiking with my daughters and now I'm hooked.

  • Kevin M.
    Instructor for Hike Leader and LNT Certifications, Board Member

    Let's Go Hiking the 550 miles of the VA AT in 2014. I am looking forward to a great year on the... more

  • Ken S.
    Certified Hike Leader

    Being outdoors, enjoying nature, getting exercise, and escaping the stress of daily life, hiking... more

  • Rob H.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    I love the outdoors and want to find new places in the area to hike.

  • Wei F.
    Certified Hike Leader
  • Eric S.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Enjoy hiking the AT and other trails as well as distance cycling. Want to meet new... more

  • Greg R.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    I've only been in the area a couple years, and I really love the variety of outdoor... more

  • Mary T.
    Certified Hike Leader, Assistant Organizer

    I'm just a hiking fool, who loves the journey and enjoys sharing that journey with others.

  • Deirdre G.
    Certified Hike Leader

    After going on 2-3 hikes a week for the last year, I'm undeniably addicted.

  • Velvie
    Certified Hike Leader
  • Toby
    Certified Hike Leader

    Hey there, I enjoy walking, looking for options for staying active, getting to know the area,... more

  • Lei
    Certifed Hike Leader and Certified in Wilderness First Aid

    "I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way." - Mark Twain

  • Susan C.
    Certified Hike Leader

    I live in Arlington and I love being on the trail when I can!

  • Chuck
    Certified Hike Leader

    Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or... more

  • Kit B
    Certified Hike Leader

    I moved to the East Coast from Southern California a year ago and have fallen in love with... more

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  • Brad
    Hike Leader

    Hi I'm Brad. I grew up and still live in Montgomery County, MD.... more

  • Dean S
    Certified Hike Leader

    Avid hiker with over 25 years experience including leading hikes throughout Maryland, Virginia,... more

  • Mark E
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Always good for a walk in the woods!

  • Steve G.
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Mildly abrasive

  • Kristin
    Certified Hike Leader and Approved to Lead Very Strenuous Hikes!

    Enjoy exploring...

  • Dmitri T.
    Certified Hike Leader

    Enjoy original hikes

  • Keith K
    Certifed Hike Leader and Certified in Wilderness First Aid

    I find crowds and noise tiring so I head for the woods to rejuvenate. Hikers (and... more

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