Schooley Mill Park -- Featuring Woodlands and Meadow Trails! A Newbie Friendly/Easy ~4 Mile Hike
Schooley Mill Park offers a variety of habitats including woodlands, wetlands, a sediment pond, secondary growth areas, and meadows. The meadows are maintained in a natural state to provide food, cover, and nest sites for wildlife. Lots of lush shrubbery for bird habitat and underbrush along the trail for small mammals.
This hidden gem is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy nature. Peer into the stream to see minnows, crayfish, frogs, and turtles. The 4.6 miles of trails with rolling hills provide an excellent way to discover the natural side of Schooley Mill Park. Just about half of our hike plan's route takes us through the woodlands on crushed rock/dirt trails. The other half is through the beautiful meadow/grassland area along well-maintained grassy trails.
Nearby City: Columbia/Clarksville, MD
Length: 3 up to 4 total miles with many bailouts so you can go as far as you want.
Trail Surface: Half the loop is through the woodlands, and the other half is through meadow/grasslands on mowed grass path with a few rolling hills.
Trail Type: Modified Loop
Skill Level: Newbie Friendly/Easy
Elevation Gain: 446 ft
Elevation Loss: 449 ft
Elevation: 456 ft
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
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Special Gear Note: Headlamps (MAHG has Loaners Available)
Flashlights are Highly Discouraged for Saftey Reasons
We find that most people need a headlamp sometime between Civil and Nautical Twilight (times for this particular day are provided near the bottom of this page). Should you need a light source and have yet to purchase a headlamp, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group will loan you one for this hike. We want to do all we can to make certain everyone is comfortable and has an enjoyable experience.
We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
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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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.
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Directions to the Trailhead
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 6:15-6:25 p.m.
The Hike is at 6:30 p.m.
Click Here for an explanation of the three different evening twilights, if you are interested. Most people need a headlamp sometime between Civil and Nautical Twilight.
Sunset: 7:20 pm
Twilight (Civil): 7:46 pm
Twilight (Nautical): 8:18 pm
Twilight (Astronomical): 8:49 pm
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 deductible. Tax ID: [masked].
A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
See you there and looking forward to a great hike.
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