St. Mary’s River State Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7.5 Miles
Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , MD
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Afternoon Hike in Saint Mary’s River State Park: Hidden Gem! Moderate 8 Miles
"Situated at the northern end of the St. Mary's River watershed, the park shows a wide range of habitats, from wooded acres and fields to swamps and small streams. With such a diversity, you can also find many different types of plant and animal species." From the park's home page
Boasting more than 8 miles of pristine trails, St. Mary's Lake is a fantastic destination. Southern Maryland does not usually conjure up images of great hiking destinations. However, near Lexington Park, north of St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, is a small treasure not too many hikers know about -- St. Mary's River State Park. St. Mary's River State Park is a park that is not well known, but a real treasure. The park is located on the headwaters of the St. Mary's River, and is divided into two sites. This 8-mile trail encircles the 250 acre St. Mary's Lake.
Prior to the landing of England's colonists and as far back as 3,000 years ago, several Indian tribes, including the Piscataway-Conoy, Algonquins, and Susquehanocks, called this area home. Evidence of their existence can still be found along the banks of the river in the form of arrowheads, pottery, and ax heads.
The hike's lack of serious elevation change makes this trail ideal for those new to hiking. A more advanced hiker should not be discouraged, however, due to the great biodiversity.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lexington Park
Length: 8 total miles
Natural Features: Beautiful scenery around the lake. Variety of habitats, ranging from wooded acres and grassy fields, to swamps and streams.
Historic/Cultural Features: There are some 18th century homes, school and sawmill sites along the trail.
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy to moderate with flat, winding trails.
Season: Open sunrise to sunset daily
Trailhead Elevation: 80 feet
Top Elevation: 100 feet
Topo Map: Saint Mary's River State Park Topographic Map
The day use service charge is $3/vehicle year-round. Out-of-state residents add $2.
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
Northern Virginia Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Northern Virginia area, meet at Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Station in the north side parking lot. Click Here for directions to the Vienna/Fairfax metro (http://www.midatlantichiking.com/pages/Directions_to_Vienna-Fairfax_Metro_Station/). Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
If you can drive or want to carpool from an additional location, please post your location in the comment section below. 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 (https://midatlantichikinggroup.org/saint-marys-river-state-park.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike
Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 1:45-1:55 p.m.
Hike is at 2:00 p.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).
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