PVSP: Dam Hike Series (4 of 9) Historic Oella and Hike Along the Patapsco River with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Mod. 7 Miles
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Historic Oella and the Patapsco River! An Easy-Moderate 7-Mile Hike with Optional Meal
Come out and join Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group on this enjoyable hike through Oella neighborhoods and the Patapsco River! Take in historic sites with a big dose of nature. After the hike, feel free to enjoy some excellent shopping or people-watching in Ellicott City. This hike is "newish" and does not come from book or website, but rather scouted out by two members of the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team, Keith K., and Steve C. We appreciate all the hard work put in by these and our other outstanding volunteers!
Oella was founded in 1808 by the Union Manufacturing Company as a working class community for the company's mill workers. It was one of the earliest and most extensive cotton factories in the United States and used water-powered looms as early as 1819. The Oella Historic District includes the village that consists of 19th-century workers housing and one late 19th-century church. The only known 20th-century building is the W.J. Dickey Company Mill constructed in 1919 as a rebuild after a 1918 fire. The plant was recently converted into apartment homes while preserving as much of the original structure as possible inside and out. It is listed on the national historic registry.
Nearby City: Oella/Ellicott City
Length: 7 miles, more or less.
Scenery: Historic sites, Patapsco River, and abundant bird life
Trail surface: Rocks and dirt along the Patapsco River and asphalt on the old trolley line
Skill Level: Easy-Moderate Hike
Duration: About 3 hours (You can stick around and enjoy the quaint downtown Ellicott City as this is all located a very short jaunt from downtown.)
Facilities: Only what nature provides.
Elevation Gain: About 500' for 7 miles. Hills are mostly meandering with no steep climbs.
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.
We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMD0145?lswe=Ellicott%20City,%20MD&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_typeahead) 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
Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) 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 (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) 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 (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Centerville_Park_and_Ride_Carpool/) 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 (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) 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!
Optional Post Hike Meal and Camaraderie
We'll have an optional lunch at the Trolley Stop after the hike, always a favorite. The restaurant is a rustic American eatery-bar serving breakfast, lunch & dinner in a former tavern & trolley stop. Click Here (http://www.newtrolleystop.com/lunch-dinner-1.html) to review the menu.
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/banneker---trolley-line.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike
Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html).
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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