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First Hike of 2017! Downs Park-Great Bay Views! An Easy/Newbie Friendly 3.8 Mi

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  • First Hike in 2017! Downs Park Trails with Magnificent Bay Views! A Newbie Friendly and Easy 3.8 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal

    Enjoy a heady combination of mature forest, boggy marshland, nature trails, golden sand beach, and stunning water views. This land comes well stocked not only in natural beauty but also in human history. Downs Park stands on Bodkin Neck, a peninsula at the confluence of the Patapsco River and the Chesapeake Bay. Deeds to its earliest settlement date back to 1670 and include Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, among its initial landowners.

    Trail Information 

    Activity Type: Hiking
    Nearby City: Gibson Island
    Length: 3.8 total miles
    Elevation Gain: Minimal
    Trail Type: Loop
    Skill Level: Easy and Newbie Friendly
    Season: Year-round
    Trailhead Elevation: 20 feet
    Top Elevation: 20 feet
    Local Contacts: Down Memorial Park
    Local Maps: USGS Gibson Island

    Park Fee
    There is a $6.00 entrance fee, and I believe it is cash only. However, it is FREE for service connected military individuals, veterans, and their families.

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here
     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
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     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 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 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 Trailhead
    Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 10:45-10:55 a.m.

    The Hike is at 11:00 a.m.

    Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer 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. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and donations ARE tax deductibleTax ID: [masked].

    A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

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

    • Click Here to Chip In Now and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission.

    • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked]. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. 

    • Click Here 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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RSVPs close: Dec 31 at 11:45 PM

  • 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.

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Additional notes: Holiday & holiday weekend events are non-refundable & non-transferable. Visit midatlantichikinggroup.org for MAHG info or the 'Pages' tab. MAHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization & donations (not fees) ARE Tax Deductible-Tax ID: 47-5141831

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