• Swimming’ Hole Hike in GWNF Featuring - Bird Knob! A Mod 8 Mi

    George Washington National Forest: Bird Knob (Swimmin’ Hole) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Mod./Easy-Side-of-Stren. 8 Miles

    $5.00

    George Washington National Forest (Lee Ranger District-Massanutten Mountain): Featuring -- Bird Knob Area Vistas and Top Rated Swimmin' Hole with Optional Post Hike Meal! A Moderate to Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 8 Miles

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    COVID-19 CHANGES:
    Social Distancing at all times. No Carpools.

    If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, then please do not sign up.
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    This spectacular hike begins with a long climb up to the rocky crest of Massanutten Mountain to enjoy some magnificent views of the valley to the West. Then, the trail levels off to a pleasant and more moderate trek through the woods. After exploring the crest, we descend back to where the hike began.

    Along the way, note horizontally layered rock formations, ledges with fine views to West Virginia ridges, and possibilities for short side trips into clearings to observe birds and other fauna. A particularly attractive clearing is near the southern end of the route, close to Bird Knob after passing the turnoff to a TV relay station, the trail zigzags westward to an open field. The field is often abundant with wildlife!

    Transition Hike (Moderate to Strenuous)

    This is a fabulous hike for transitioning from moderate to strenuous hiking because there is a rather steep hill to climb in the beginning of this hike and then it is mostly flat and moderate the rest of the way. In turn for that initial investment, your reward will be 2 fantastic and breathtaking vistas!

    Swimmin’ Hole Alert! (Seasonal)
    A sparkling, emerald colored pond offers an excellent and beautiful place to enjoy a dip during the hotter months! Additionally, in berry season (usually late August) there are tons of blackberries and blueberries along our route.

    Trail Information

    Activity: Hiking
    Nearest City: Edinburg, VA
    Distance: ~8.3 miles
    Total Ascents: 1700 ft.
    Difficulty: Rated as Easy-Side-of-Strenuous due to a difficult hill near the beginning of the hike, otherwise this is a moderate hike.
    Hike Type: Loop
    Local Contacts: George Washington National Forest-Lee Ranger District

    Park Entry Fee
    There is no park entrance fee.

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine! Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USVA0245:1) to see an up to the minute forecast for 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
    Click Here (https://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 locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or to a particular hike or venues location. Please Use the Comments section below this posting or e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and/or 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 (https://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 (https://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 (https://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!

    Post-Hike Meal and Winery Trip (Optional)
    After the hike, let's keep the camaraderie and good times going and enjoy a post-hike meal at either Carmella’s Cafe (http://www.yelp.com/biz/carmellas-edinburg), located on the route back to the DC area, OR visit the oldest winery in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Shenandoah Vineyards (http://www.shentel.net/shenvine/index.htm).

    Directions to the Trailhead
    Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gwnf---new-market-gap.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:15-8:25 a.m.

    The Hike is at 8:30 a.m.

    Carpool Time from Savage Station — 6:00 a.m.

    Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 6:15 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 (https://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. Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html).

    Fido is Welcome on this Hike as Long As He/She is a Well-Seasoned and Conditioned Trail Dog Because This Trail is Tough on Paws!A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

    Let’s have good times out on the trails and see you there!

    Greg:[masked]

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    • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.

    • Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) 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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  • Seneca Tract of Great Falls! Easy-Side-of-Moderate 6 Miles

    Seneca Park (Seneca Tract) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy Side of Moderate 6 Miles

    $5.00

    Seneca Tract Along the Potomac River (Great Falls Area)! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 6 Miles

    Seneca Tract is one of those hidden Fairfax County gems combining lovely woods, pretty streams, fascinating Civil War history and a stretch along the Potomac that’s part of a designated National Scenic Trail.

    The Seneca Tract boasts about 110 species of birds, including the bald eagle, and 300 varieties of wildflowers. A hike offers glimpses of the many natural habitats found in the Piedmont region, including deciduous forest and Potomac floodplain forests. The terrain slopes toward the Potomac River, with views of the Seneca Breaks islands and the Potowmack Canal remnants from George Washington's era. The Rowser's Ford crossing located here was used during the civil war. It was at this location where 5,000 Confederate soldiers crossed the Potomac River in the dead of night, successfully carrying munitions and supplies, without any loss of life, in what was called J.E.B. Stuart’s most difficult achievement by the cavalry during the war.

    Among the animals are known to live here are the mole, eastern chipmunk, gray squirrel, woodchuck, skunk, raccoon, white-tailed deer, fox, and beaver. Several species of turtle found here, including the wood turtle, usually live farther north. There are many amphibian species present, including the southern leopard frog, spring peeper, gray tree frog, American toad, two-lined salamander and northern red-backed salamander. The park has about 110 species of birds, including 39 nesting species and the bald eagle. Among the nesting birds are the red-shouldered hawk, ruby-throated hummingbird, downy woodpecker, scarlet tanager, and blue-gray gnatcatcher. About 300 species of wildflowers have been identified in the preserve; of particular interest are the following unusual or rare species: purple cress, marsh marigold, purple fringeless orchis, false (white) hellebore, and poison hemlock. In the mature deciduous forest, the trees are rich in American beech, oak, tulip poplar, hickory, and near the floodplain, there is a variety of sycamore, silver maple, boxelder, and wild persimmon trees.

    Along the Seneca Break’s Islands, there are excellent views of relics of George Washington's Potowmack Canal.

    Trail Information

    Activity Type: Hiking
    Nearby City: Great Falls
    Scenery: Woodlands, river views, remnants of 200-year-old canal
    Length: 6 total miles
    Elevation Gain: 500 ft
    Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
    Trail Type: Loop
    Skill Level: Easy Side of Moderate
    Trail Surface: Chiefly dirt, some gravel; rooty, and can be muddy in places.
    Season: Year-round
    Local Maps: USGS Seneca, Vienna
    Facilities: None

    Park Entry Fee
    There is no park entrance fee.

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:22066.1.99999) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking

    Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
    Click Here (https://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.

    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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/carpool-locations.html) of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/seneca-tract---seneca-rd.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m.

    The Hike is at 9:00 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 (https://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/18298-for-the-health-of-it). 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!

    Please take the hike leader's number with you and enjoy the hike!

    Toby:[masked]

    • Please Click Here Now (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html).

    • Donations (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

    • Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

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  • Colvin Run/W&OD Trail/Difficult Run Trail: A Moderate 10.7-Mile Hike

    Colvin Run/W&OD Trail/Difficult Run with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 10.7-Mile Hike

    $5.00

    From Colvin Run Mill to the W&OD Trail to the Cross County Trail Along Difficult Run: A Moderate 10.7-Mile Hike

    "This triangle-shaped circuit connects trails in Colvin Run and Difficult Run stream valleys via W&OD Regional Park. It begins with a downhill stroll through the grounds of Colvin Run Mill Park, past nicely preserved and restored mill facilities, to VA 7. After crossing VA 7, the hike takes Colvin Run Trail to the southwest end of Lake Fairfax Park, follows Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) rail-trails back to Difficult Run, and closes the circuit on the Cross County Trail.

    Click Here (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/crm/) for More Information Regarding the Mill.

    "Most terrain on this moderately difficult hike is gently rolling or nearly flat. The surfaces vary from dirt to gravel to asphalt. Most of the asphalt is on the W&OD rail trail, and it can be avoided by taking parallel bridle trails. The closing lap on the Cross County Trail parallels the northbound flow of Difficult Run, with a couple of 'fair weather' stream crossings (usually dry but problematic after heavy rain) and some slippery footing along the floodplain." Information from Hikes in the Washington Area.

    Trail Information

    Nearby City: Great Falls, VA
    Length: 10.7 Miles
    Scenery: Stream valleys, woodlands
    Skill Level: Moderate
    Trail Surface: Dirt or gravel or asphalt, with some muddy stretches after recent rain
    Season: Year-round
    Facilities: Toilets, water, phone at the mill.

    Park Entry Fee
    There is no park entrance fee.

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Great+Falls%2C+VA) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

    Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
    Click Here (https://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.

    If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (https://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!

    Directions to the Trailhead
    Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/colvin-run-mill.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 7:45-7:55 a.m.

    The Hike is at 8:00 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 (https://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!

    Greg:[masked]

    • Click Here to Chip In Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html).

    • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.

    • Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) 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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  • Wed. After Work DC Hike: The Meridian Hill Area! Easy 4-Mi Sneaker Hike

    Hike DC Series: Hike 12: 16th St and Meridian Hill with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 4 Mile Sneaker Hike

    $3.00

    Hike DC Series - Hike 12 of 13 — Featuring the Meridian Hill and 16th Street Area! An Easy and Flat 4-Mile Social Sneaker Hike

    (Hike Begins and Terminates at the Same Metro Stop)

    This is a great newbie friendly/easy sneaker hike that passes by a number of historic buildings and residences.

    We invite you to join MAHG for a series of weekday early evening urban sneaker hikes throughout DC. Each of the 13 unique hikes explore a different area of the city. All of the easy/newbie friendly treks begin and end at the same METRO stop where they start, making them very accessible. There are many ways to see cities, but for anyone desiring a sense of the history and the character of an urban place, the city is best seen on foot. Though Washington DC is only 220 years old, it has a remarkable number of historic buildings, lands, and residences.

    The 16th St./Meridian Hill hike passes through elegant mansions, established churches, new and restored residential areas, and other places of interest.

    Park Fee
    There is no park fee for this hike.

    Gear Information
    Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/)for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Washington%2C+DC)for the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

    Hike Pace
    This hike will be led at an average hikers pace, which is about 2.5 mph.

    Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
    Click Here (https://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 locations 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/or offerings.

    If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/dc---dupont-circle.html) for Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:45-5:55 p.m.

    Hike Time is at 6:00 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 (https://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. Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html).

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

    Let's have great times and see you there!

    Toby:[masked]

    • Click Here Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)and help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html).

    • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.

    • Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) 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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  • American Chestnut Land Trust - South Tract! A Moderate 5 Miles

    American Chestnut Land Trust: South Tract Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 6.5 Miles

    $5.00

    Beautiful American Chestnut Land Trust — South Tract Area Trails! A Moderate 5 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal

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    COVID-19 CHANGES:
    Social Distancing at all times. No Carpools.

    If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, then please do not sign up.
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    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.

    This hike explores upland forests, old fields, and marshlands as the trail weaves among the remains of early homesteads. The landscape and hiking trails here are a real marvel of private initiative on the part of the American Chestnut Land Trust. Upland farms on both sides of Parkers Creek protect what is now considered the only pristine marsh on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

    The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is, as its name suggests, 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 proceeded down the Appalachian Mountains, destroying a forest that had stood for thousands of years! American chestnut trees are now often seen as standing white trunks, bare of any bark, ghostly white, and look like "tree skeletons" amid an otherwise healthy forest.

    • Note to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Members:

    Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is an Active and Supporting Member of The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) who's 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.

    The South tract area encompasses old family farms, cemeteries, and a burgeoning beaver community and has a character that is different than the North tract. There is a massive beaver dam as well the remains of an ancient but huge American Chestnut tree (it succumbed to the chestnut blight that affects American Chestnut trees; suckers and root shoots stem from the trunk. A marsh boardwalk extends out for several hundred feet over ground that would otherwise be knee-high in water during springtime and fall. The area is comprised of a rare mix of various hardwoods, bottomland swamp, and creeks - all making their way to the Chesapeake Bay.

    The land is privately owned and permanently protected by the American Chestnut Land Trust. The American Chestnut Land Trust is a moving story of community-inspired conservation. Working in partnership with the state of Maryland and The Nature Conservancy, ACLT owns or manages some 3,000 acres of public and private land in Calvert County, Maryland. In addition to preserving the ecologically important areas of the Parkers Creek watershed, the group has had a significant impact in protecting cultural resources, such as old farmsteads that tell the history of Chesapeake Bay settlement.

    Trail Information

    Activity Type: Hiking
    Nearby City: Port Republic, MD
    Length: About 5 total miles
    Elevation Gain: 500 ft.
    Trail Type: Two loops
    Skill Level: Moderate due to a few short steep hills.
    Trail Surface: Old dirt farm roads converted into nice wide hiking paths characterize the upland paths for a short section. In the stream valleys, along Gravatt Stream and Jett Stream, narrow footpaths have more woodsy and scenic character.
    Local Contacts: American Chestnut Land Trust
    Local Maps: USGS Prince Frederick

    Park Entry Fee
    There is no park entrance fee.

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:20676.1.99999) 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
    Click Here (https://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 locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or a particular hike or venues location. Please Use the Comments section below this posting or 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 (https://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 (https://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 any particular location, 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 (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/aclt---south-tract-area.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m.

    The Hike is at 9:00 a.m.

    Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:30 a.m.

    Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 7:45 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 (https://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!

    Christa:[masked]

    • Click Here Now to Donate (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html).

    • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.

    • Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

    6
  • Tue. After Work DC Urban Hike: Foggy Bottom! An Easy 4-Mile Sneaker Hike (07/13)

    Hike DC Series: Hike 07: Foggy Bottom with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 4 Mile Sneaker Hike

    $3.00

    Urban DC Hike Series (Hike 7 of 13): Featuring -- Foggy Bottom! A Newbie Friendly and Easy and Flat 4-Mile Social Sneaker Hike (Hike Begins and Terminates at the Same Metro Stop)

    This is a great hike for both newbie and more experienced hikers as there is something for everyone to enjoy!

    We invite you to join MAHG for a series of weekday early evening urban sneaker hikes throughout DC. Each of the 13 unique hikes explores a different area of the city. All of the easy/newbie friendly treks begin and end at the same METRO stop where they start, making them very accessible. There are many ways to see cities, but for anyone desiring a sense of the history and the character of an urban place, the city is best seen on foot. Though Washington DC is only 220 years old, it has a remarkable number of historic buildings, lands, and residences.

    Hike 7 of 13 -- Foggy Bottom

    Today's hike explores the Foggy Bottom area and passes through historic residential neighborhoods, Watergate complex, Kennedy Center, George Washington University, State Department, and Constitution Avenue and much more!

    Park Entry Fee
    This hike begins and ends at the same METRO location.

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Washington%2C+DC)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.

    Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
    Click Here (https://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.

    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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/carpool-locations.html) of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional 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 (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions%3A_Farragut_Square/) to Where We Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:45-5:55 p.m.

    The Hike is at 6:00 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 (https://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 charity, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html)and donations ARE tax deductible (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html). 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

    Toby:[masked]

    • Please Click Here (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Chip-In to Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html).

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

    • Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

    7
  • Pohick Bay Regional Park! Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4-6 Miles

    Pohick Bay Regional Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy Side of Moderate 4 Mile Hike

    $5.00

    Pohick Bay Regional Park! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4- to 6-Mile Hike

    This hike features upland woods and views of Pohick Bay. Our hike plan is a circuit which makes use of portions of the hiking and bridle paths mostly in the park's extensive undeveloped areas. The first ⅔ of the trek follows an old 30-station nature trail, for which there is no explanatory brochure longer available. (It is on Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group's list of things to do for our charity to remedy this for the park so everyone can once again enjoy having the information - if interested.) The park also offers boat rentals; guided canoe trips around the Bay and other facilities.

    Trail Information

    Nearby City: Lorton, VA
    Length: 4-6 total miles
    Elev. Gain: Minimal
    Trail Type: Loop
    Skill Level: Moderate
    Season: Year-round

    Park Entry Fee
    The fee for this park is as follows:
    *Note that this facility only accepts cash.*
    ▻ Those residing in the following jurisdictions are not charged a park admission fee: Alexandria, Arlington, City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, Falls Church and Loudoun.
    ▻ All others are required to pay a fee of $7.00 per vehicle.

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USVA0443:1) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

    Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
    Click Here (https://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 (https://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

    Annapolis Area Carpool Suggestion - Starbucks
    To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, people can arrange to meet at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool%3A_Starbucks_at_Harbour_Center_in_Annapolis/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Annapolis area carpool location.

    (Metro) VA East Area Carpool Suggestion - Vienna/Fairfax Area METRO Station
    To carpool or caravan from Vienna/Fairfax area, people can arrange to meet at the Fairfax Area METRO Station. Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions_to_Vienna-Fairfax_Metro_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/carpool-locations.html) of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/pohick-bay.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m.

    The Hike is at 9:00 a.m.

    Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:15 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 (https://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. 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!

    Toby:[masked]

    • Click Here Now to Donate (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html).

    • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.

    • Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

    13
  • American Chestnut Land Trust - North Tract Area Trails! A Moderate 4 or 7 Miles

    American Chestnut Land Trust: North Tract Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7, 12.2 or 14 Miles

    $5.00

    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 3.8 Mile or A Moderate 7-Mile Hike

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    COVID-19 CHANGES:
    Social Distancing (6 feet) at all times. No Carpools. Bring a mask if you are not vaccinated and for crowded places.

    If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, then please do not sign up.
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    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 considered 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 plant 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 (3.8 miles) and Parkers Creek Loops (3.6 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.

    Trail Information

    Activity Type: Hiking
    Nearby City: Prince Frederick, MD
    Length: Your choice of: Swamp Trail, 3.8 Miles (Lots of short/rolling, but rather steep hills that are short in duration); or adding on the Parkers Creek Loop for an additional 3.6 Miles (on the easier side and less hilly than Swamp Trail) for a total mileage of 7.4 total miles.
    Elevation Gain: Vertical gain is 780 ft.
    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.

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:20676.1.99999) 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
    Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

    Directions to the Trailhead
    Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/aclt---north-tract-area.html) for Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m.

    The Hike is at 9:00 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 (https://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!

    Christa:[masked]

    • Please Click Here (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Chip-In to Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html).

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

    • Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

    7
  • Wed. DC Hike Series (Hike 02): L'Enfant's City/Capitol Hill-East Ⓜ️

    Hike DC Series: Hike 02: L’Enfant’s City (Capitol Hill-East) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 4 Miles

    $3.00

    Urban DC Hike Series - (Hike 02) L’Enfant’s City -- Featuring the East Area of Capitol Hill! A Newbie Friendly, Easy and Flat 4-Mile Social Sneaker Hike (Ⓜ️ Hike Begins and Terminates at the Same Metro Stop)

    "There are many ways to see cities, but for anyone desiring a sense of the history and the character of an urban place, the city is best seen on foot." Though Washington D.C. is only 220 years old, it has a remarkable number of historic buildings, lands, and residences. The L'Enfants City Capital Hill - East hike passes through some of the streets east of Union Station and by over a dozen places of interest.

    See the DC historic landmarks and monuments after work! On today's hike, we will focus on the eastern side of the mall, areas north including Chinatown and federal triangle, and south including barracks row, Capitol Hill, and the navy yard. We will include majestic views of the US Capitol building, Union Station, Library of Congress, US Botanical Gardens, sleepy Capitol Hill neighborhoods with scenic squares, historic Eastern Market, bustling Chinatown, the eastern side of the US mall with the Smithsonian museums, the Post Office Pavilion, and a variety of memorials beyond the ones covered in our monuments by moonlight hikes. Chinatown and federal triangle, and south including barracks row, Capitol Hill, and the navy yard.

    Trail Information

    Activity Type: Urban Sneaker Hike
    Nearby City: Washington DC
    Skill Level: Easy and Newbie Friendly Sneaker Hike
    Length: distance depends on time crossing at intersections, estimated around 3-4 miles
    Trail Surface: Sneaker Friendly and mostly flat, some small hills, paved.
    Elevation Gain: Very Minimal
    Scenery: US Capitol building, Union Station, Library of Congress, US Botanical Gardens, sleepy Capitol Hill neighborhoods with scenic squares, historic Eastern Market, bustling Chinatown, the eastern side of the US mall with the Smithsonian museums, the Post Office Pavilion, and a variety of memorials beyond the ones covered in our monuments by moonlight hikes. Federal triangle, and south including barracks row, and the navy yard.
    Estimated Hike Duration: 1.5-2 hours
    Trail Type: Modified Loop. Additionally, this hike begins and ends at the same Metro stop.
    Season: Year-round
    Exposure: Mostly shady; less so during the winter season.

    • Hiker Note
    We suggest for you to grab a bite to eat at Union Station before the hike, lots of choices on the main level and in the food court level downstairs. Union Station is accessible by metro, bus, Amtrak, MARC, VRE, some free street parking opens at 6 p.m.

    Park or Parking Fee
    Ⓜ️ This hike begins and ends at the same METRO location. The hike is accessible by METRO, Bus, Amtrak, MARC, VRE, and FREE street parking opens at 6:00 p.m.

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/zmw:20001.1.99999) 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
    Click Here (https://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.

    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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/carpool-locations.html) of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/dc---union-station.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:45 - 5:55 p.m.

    The Hike is at 6:00 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 (https://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/18298-for-the-health-of-it). 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!

    Toby:[masked]

    • Please Click Here (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Chip-In to Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html).

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

    • Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

    • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

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  • Bear Bottom Loop Area of Shenandoah River State Park! A Moderate 7.5 Mile Trek

    Shenandoah River State Park: Bear Bottom Area Trails with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7 Miles

    $5.00

    Shenandoah River State Park -- Featuring Bear Bottom Loop! A Moderate 7.5-Mile Hike

    Join us today while we take a hike on the newest trail in Shenandoah River Start Park!

    Shenandoah River State Park is one of Virginia's newest State Parks. The land for this park was purchased with funds from the 1992 General Obligation Bond. Located just downriver from Bentonville, the park boasts five miles of river frontage and 1,504 acres of rolling pastures, quiet forest, and beautiful vistas.

    Wildlife you are likely to see during your visit may include raccoon, black bear, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, bobcat, fox, beaver, opossums, and skunks just to name a few. Also, there are many types of insects, birds of prey, snakes, fish, trees, and wildflowers.

    Trail Information

    Nearby City: Front Royal, VA
    Length: 7.5 total miles
    Trail Type: Loop
    Skill Level: Moderate
    Season: Year-round. However, best during late fall and winter when views are not obstructed.
    Elevation Gain: 700 Feet
    Facilities: There are no restrooms at the trailhead. There are restrooms at the Visitor Center about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. Please plan your time accordingly to make sure you are back at the trailhead on time.

    Park Entry Fee
    $7.00 per car Weekdays
    $10.00 per car Weekends Apr-Oct*
    *Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day are charged weekend rates

    Gear Suggestions
    Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

    Weather Information
    We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/USVA0059) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

    Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
    Click Here (https://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 locations 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 (https://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 (https://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 any particular location, 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 (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/srsp---horse-trailer.html) to where we meet for this hike.

    Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:15-9:25 a.m.

    The Hike is at 09:30 a.m.

    Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:15 a.m.

    Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:15 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 (https://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. 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, (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!

    Christa:[masked]

    • Click to Chip In to Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission ​(https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/33981-sponsor-a-veteran-today) Donations are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.

    • Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) 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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