American Chestnut Land Trust — Featuring the North Tract Area Trails! A Very Versatile and Biodiverse Hike with Your Choice of An Easy Side of Moderate 3 Mile or A Moderate 7 Mile Hike
The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is a local land trust located in Calvert County, Maryland, an hour's drive from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is named for a tree. Unfortunately, the American Chestnut tree succumbed to the “Chestnut Blight,” a disease introduced in 1900. Within a span of only 40 years, the blight moved down the Appalachian Mountains, destroying a climax forest that had stood for thousands of years. American chestnut trees are often the standing white trunks, bare of any bark, ghostly white, like tree skeletons amid an otherwise healthy forest. Upland farms on both sides of Parkers Creek protect what is consider the only pristine marsh on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
• Note to Members
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is an Active and Supporting Member of The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) whose charged with protecting the most pristine watershed on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The land trust protects over 3,000 acres of wetlands, forest, and farmland in rapidly developing Calvert County, Maryland. The land trust also protects land in the smaller nearby Governors Run Watershed, which contains mature hardwood forest and plants species more commonly found in the mountains and Piedmont than on the Coastal Plain. They have a comprehensive land management program established to manage all of the lands, structures, and waters for which they are responsible in an environmentally sustainable manner to protect the natural and cultural resources of the Parkers Creek and Governor's Run watersheds for the benefit of this and future generations.
On the Northern area of the Land Trust, we will be experiencing Parkers Creek firsthand. In this area, both the Swamp Trail (3 miles) and Parkers Creek Loops (4.1 Miles) are routes that descend to overlook the beautiful stream. At the junction of Old Parkers Creek Road, where a bridge once spanned the creek, it is possible to sit, in the closing hours of the day, and wait for the loud slap sound of a beaver trail. The forest floor bursts with Mayapple in spring along with rather large specimens of jack-in-the-pulpit. The handful of small tributaries crossed on Parkers Creek Trail show the broad leaves of three typical freshwater marshes: arrow arum, spatterdock, and pickerelweed.
The landscape and hiking trails here are a real marvel of private initiative on the part of the American Chestnut Land Trust.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Prince Frederick, MD
Length: Your choice of: Swamp Trail, 3.0 Miles (Lots of short/rolling, but rather steep hills that are short in duration); or adding on the Parkers Creek Loop for an additional 4.1 Miles (on the easier side and less hilly than Swamp Trail) for a total mileage of 7.1 total miles.
Elevation Gain: Vertical gain is 282 feet, and vertical loss is 449 feet.
Skill Level: Of either trail, the Swamp Trail features terrain that is steeper — but even these are of short duration.
Trail Surface: Natural surface dirt packed
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
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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.
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
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Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here 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 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 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.
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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 — 8:30 a.m.
Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:15 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.
A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!
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