Join MAHG for a Hike Through the Woods and Rolling Countryside of the Very Biodiverse Beetree Preserve with a Section of the NCR Trail! A Moderate 4 Miles
This hike’s main attraction is the varied experiences that it packs into a four-mile hike —the NCR trail, the babbling of Beetree Run, a passage above a scenic stream hollow, and beautiful forestland!
Named for Beetree Run, a trout stream that meanders through the property, Beetree Preserve’s natural beauty and resources have welcomed hikers and inhabitants — both animal and human — for hundreds of years. Beetree Preserve is a tremendous natural resource and diverse habitat with grassy fields, wooded hillsides, mature forests, new growth woodlands, and valuable wetland areas. You will find many examples of indigenous wildlife species and native vegetation.
Our hike plan makes good use of this biodiverse area by combining views of the open rural countryside with a trek through the woods. It also offers one of the few circuit hikes along the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCR). Following our jaunt along the wide flat path of the famous NCR trail through the rolling countryside, we duck into the woods for a ramble around a hilltop nature preserve.
Special Considerations: Please note that Beetree Preserve is privately owned and calling in advance of hiking here is required. For this reason, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group does not offer this venue very frequently — usually limiting our treks to this hidden gem to once during the spring and fall, However, any time of year is well worth taking the time to make special arrangements to enjoy this very diverse and special area.
Nearby City: Parkton
Length: 4 total miles
Scenery: Rolling countryside, upland forest, stream
Trail Surface: Packed dirt
Configuration: Modified Loop
Elev. Gain: Minimal
Skill Level: Easy Side of Moderate
Season: Year-round but best during spring or fall
Trailhead Elev: 260 feet
Top Elev: 610 feet
There is no park fee for this hike.
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We hike rain or shine! Click Here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead
This hike will be led at an average hikers pace, which is about 2.5 mph.
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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
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.
DC Area Carpool Suggestion
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
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.
VA East Area Carpool (Fairfax Area METRO)
People can also arrange to meet at the Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Vienna/Fairfax Metro 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 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
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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.
Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station — 8:00 a.m.
Carpool Time for Annapolis Area — 8:45 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 Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s mission. All MAHG events serve as micro-fundraisers to help support our mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, and donations are tax deductible.
Fido is Not Allowed on this Hike Due to Park Regulations.
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!
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