• 🎄Holiday Event! Meadowlark Gardens “Winter Walk of Lights” Sneaker Hike🎄
    🎄Join Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group for Our 6th Annual Meadowlark Gardens "Winter Walk of Lights" Special Fundraiser Sneaker Hike! This holiday event will be our 7th year to enjoy the "Winter Walk of Lights". We are confident that all who join us for this night of fun and festivities will have a ton of fun! Now, it wouldn’t be a party without candles, or in this case, 500,000 dazzling twinkling colorful lights shaped in imaginative displays throughout the gardens. Enjoy the illuminations of flowers, animals, fountains, a stream, and much more. Enjoy the animated light display Lakeside Lights set to five-holiday songs next to the lake for an exciting energizing show that is bound to impress you! The show features over 40,000 LED lights on over 200 circuits and sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Admission Information (Purchasing Online Provides the Best Price) Online Tickets (BEST PRICE) Ages 13 and Older: $14 Ages 3-12: $8 Under 3: Free *PROMO CODE: enter WOW18 for half price* At the Door Tickets Ages 13 and Older: $16.50 Ages 3-12: $10.50 Under 3: Free You are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meadowlarks-winter-walk-of-lights-tickets-38158153063), prior to the event. ☞ Be sure to purchase tickets for November 19th for 7 PM. Although, they will have some tickets that can be purchased at the gate, but not many. So, guarantee your entry, and save money, by purchasing your tickets online. Click Here (http://novaparks.ticketfly.com/event/1563455-meadowlarks-winter-walk-vienna/) to purchase your ticket(s) online now, and use PROMO Code WOW18 for half price on your tickets. 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. 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! ❄️ ATTENTION!! In the market for traction gear? Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group proudly offers our members exceptional discounts for Kahtoola MICROspikes®, purchased directly through MAHG! Click Here for More Information and How to Purchase Your Discounted Pair of MICROspikes® (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/21726344/Kahtoola_Microspike_Ordering_MAHG_Member_Price/)OR contact the MAHG office at[masked]. Not only will you receive the best price you are likely to find anywhere, but all proceeds go directly to support Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group and our mission. *Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization - Tax ID[masked]. Kahtoola, the manufacturer of MICROspikes®, recognizes and supports MAHG's mission and our valuable contributions to the community. For over ten years and counting and over 23K members strong, MAHG serves the community with over 5500 events, thousands of hours of stewardship service, and serves our initiatives. Visit http://midatlantichikingroup.org for details on how we serve our mission through our initiatives and their corresponding programs. ⛄️ Click Here Now (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/21726344/Kahtoola_Microspike_Ordering_MAHG_Member_Price/)to Order Your Member Discounted Pair of Kahtoola MICROspikes® and enjoy what is likely the best price you will find anywhere while also receiving the benefits of hiking all year 'round and supporting our organization for a win-win-win! Directions to this Special Holiday Event Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions_to_Meadowlark_Gardens/) to Where We Meet for the Good Times Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 6:45-6:55 p.m. The Event is at 7:00 p.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 5:30 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). Fido is Not Allowed on this Hike Due to Park Regulations. Let’s have fun times and see you there! 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). • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/33981-sponsor-a-veteran-today) 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 Serving our Mission!!!

    Holiday Special Event: Meadowlark Gardens Presents: "Winter Walk of Lights" with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group!

    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. · , VA

    $5.00
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  • Patuxent Research Refuge: South Tract! A Newbie, Nature Enjoyment-Paced 3 Miles
    Hike in Patuxent Research Refuge - (South Tract)! A Newbie/Rehab Friendly 3-Mile Nature Enjoyment-Paced Sneaker Hike with Optional Post Hike Visit to the National Wildlife Visitor Center Sneakers and something to hydrate with is all you need for this hike. This hike for members who are rehabbing from surgery, injuries, or anyone who enjoys a hike where the focus is on taking in the sites more than the pace of the hike. Come out and enjoy the special camaraderie this type of hike provides. In the heart of the Baltimore-Washington corridor, the National Wildlife Visitor Center is located off of Powder Mill Road, 2 miles east of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, just south of Laurel, Maryland. National Wildlife Visitor Center Although designed to accommodate the human visitor, the National Wildlife Visitor Center continues to maintain the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats. As a visitor, it becomes your responsibility to ensure that wildlife has a place to grow and survive for future generations by respecting Visitor Center regulations and obeying posted signs. The largest science and environmental education center in the Department of the Interior. This unique U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facility is located on the 12,841 acres Patuxent Research Refuge. The Visitor Center is designed to provide visitors with knowledge and appreciation of the role of wildlife research in preserving the earth's vital resources. Interactive exhibits focus on global environmental issues, migratory bird routes, wildlife habitats, and endangered species recovery efforts. Surrounding forests, lakes and trails provide opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation, educational programs, and group tours. State-of-the-art exhibits demonstrate the value of wildlife research and the importance of making informed choices for the good of our environment. For those interested, we will enjoy the center after our hike. The building is open until 4 pm along with the entire campus including trails due to a lack of volunteers available to keep it open any later. Trail Information Nearby City: Laurel, MD Length: 3 Miles Elev. Gain: Minimal and sneaker friendly Trail Type: Loop-Modified Skill Level: Very Easy Season: Year-round Special Considerations: Because the area is managed for wildlife research, Zero Impact Hiking is especially important. No picnicking is allowed along the trail. Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/) 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/local/USMD0235?from=dayDetails_topnav_undeclared) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace The goal for this hike is to be led at a pace with a focus on nature enjoyment and rehabbing an injury. This is specifically for those who either need (injury rehab, etc.) or prefer a hike without having to worry about being able to maintain a certain pace. The environment of this type of hike is supportive, and everyone works as a team, and no pressure is put on anyone to keep up. If you are new to hiking or rehabbing but still looking to hike, this one is for you. Having said all that upfront, we welcome any and all who are interested – come on out and enjoy a change of pace and unparalleled camaraderie that thanks to our wonderful members and fantastic leaders make the MAHG charity the success that we are! Our RSVP Policies 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. 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! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/prr---south---visitor-s-center.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! Mary:[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 (http://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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    Patuxent Wildlife Refuge: South Tract with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 3 Mile Hike

    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

    $5.00
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  • Burke Lake! An Easy and Newbie-Friendly 7-Mile Sneaker Hike
    Beautiful Burke Lake Area Trails! An Easy and Newbie-Friendly 7-Mile Sneaker Hike Burke Lake Park is Located About 20 Miles Southwest of Washington in Fairfax County Burke Lake Park consists of a 220-acre man-made lake enveloped by almost 700 acres of woodlands remarkably, much of the 40-year-old, county-managed park remains undeveloped and unvisited. Our main route primarily follows the lakeshore, so that hikers encounter few other people. This hike is a 1.35-mile jaunt from South Run park to the entrance of Burke Lake Park. The trail around Burke Lake is a 5.1-mile loop consisting of most of the lakeshore path followed by a brief detour, bringing our total mileage to 7 miles and some change. You’ll spend most of your trail time in the woods, surrounded by young oaks and other deciduous trees, as well as a scattering of conifers. In the warm-season months, expect to have wildflowers and birds for company (the island in the lake is a state waterfowl refuge). You may even see a deer or two on the path from South Run to Burke Lake. Hiking boots are not necessary for this hike as sneakers will do just fine. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Annandale Scenery: Woodlands and lake glimpses Length: 7.35 total miles Elevation Gain: Very Minimal Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter Trail Type: Lollipop Skill Level: Easy and Newbie-Friendly Sneaker Hike Trail Surface: Sneaker friendly and mostly paved, some fine gravel; some dirt and sand. Season: Year-round Local Maps: USGS Fairfax Topo Map: Burke Lake Park Topographic Map Facilities: Toilets, water, phones at the marina; toilets off the trail at campground, picnic area. 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:22003.1.99999) 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 (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. 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/south-run-recreation-center.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. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:30 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/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! Please take the hike leader(s) number with you and enjoy the hike! Toby:[masked] • Please Click Here (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) Now and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/33981-sponsor-a-veteran-today) 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 (http://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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    Burke Lake Area Trails with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 7 Mile Social Sneaker Hike

    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. · , VA

    $5.00
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  • Savage Mill Park! Hiker's Choice of Easy 2 Up to Moderate 9 Miles
    Hike in Historic Savage Park — A Something for Everyone Hike — Featuring Your Choice of Distance! Options Range from An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 2.4 Miles, a Moderate 4 Miles, or a Very-Moderate 8-9 Total Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal for Continued Camaraderie Best Of All -- You Can Decide While On The Trail How Far You Want To Hike and Each Choice of Distance Options Ends Next To The Hike's Start Location! This route provides a beautiful trek along the Middle Patuxent River to its confluence with the Little Patuxent River. Much of our hike plan takes us along trails that are right up next to the stream. Within minutes of setting off, you will be transported from one of the most densely populated suburbs in America to a lovely and peaceful woodland along two former mill streams. The first segment is along a trail leading through beech, oak, and pine trees before confronting the rapids-filled Patuxent River. Very thick woods, beech, oak, and poplar crowd either side of this beautiful trail. Trail Information Nearby City: Old Historic Savage Area Length: Your Choice of 2.4 Easy Side of Moderate Miles, A Moderate 4 Miles, or A Very Moderate 8-9 Total Miles. NOTE: You can decide while on the trail how far you want to hike because all paces offer all distances. Mix and match to customize the perfect combination for you! Each distance option passes by where the hike began. Elev. Gain: Rolling hills with a couple of steep climbs, but we will stop to rest as necessary because we are all about the camaraderie. Trail Type: Modified Loop Scenery: Middle Patuxent and Little Patuxent River; Savage Mill and other Historic Sites. Exposure: Mostly shade Trail Surface: Packed dirt with several sections well mulched. Skill Level: Easy to More Moderate depending on how far you opt hike. The hills are mostly farther along the trail. 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 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 (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. (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 (http://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. 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 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 (http://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! Optional Post Hike Meal and Camaraderie! We will have optional post-hike meal at nearby Rams Head Tavern (8600 Foundry St., Savage, Maryland 20763) Telephone:[masked]. Click Here (http://ramsheadtavernsavage.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/ThanksGivingMenus2017Taverns.pdf) to view the restaurant's Thanksgiving menu and additional information. Please do not purchase tickets for the prix fixe meal; we will eat downstairs from their regular menu. Additional Points of Interest Nearby Time should be saved to explore nearby Savage Mill (pictured above and also where the optional lunch is so if you join us for lunch you will see it anyway-grin). Nine buildings remain, dating back to 1820. In 1974, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take note that our post-hike meal restaurant is located in Savage Mill, pictured above, and is a destination within itself. If you enjoy shopping at an artsy type of mall or enjoy antiquing, consider planning on spending some time after lunch perusing the unique shops and galleries. Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/savage-park---vollmerhausen.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. Carpool Time from Vienna Metro — 8:45 a.m. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:30 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 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! Tonie:[masked] • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 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.

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    Savage Mill Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy Side of Mod. 2.4 Miles, A Moderate 4 Miles or A Strong Moderate 9 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

    $5.00
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  • Patapsco Valley SP: Ruins, Waterfall, Overlook, Mansion! A Mod 6 or Mod 9 Miles
    Patapsco Valley State Park: Orange Grove and Rockburn Area Trails -- Featuring Swinging Bridge, Waterfall, Mansion, Cemeteries, Dam, Overlook, and More! Hiker's Choice of A Moderate 6- OR A Moderate 9-Mile Hike with Optional Post Hike Meal Choose from a moderate hike of either 6 miles or 9 miles (more or less) with about 950 feet of cumulative ascent. There are no long hills on our four unique trails, including one unmarked trail. Note: This hike includes three minor stream crossings. Our route includes several interesting sites including forests, meadows, streams, waterfalls, the Underground Railroad, House of Usher, Belmont Mansion, Hanson Cemetery, Bloede's Dam and the beautiful views provided by Ilchester Overlook. As a bonus, we'll have an optional post-hike libations at a nearby biker (Harleys, not mountain bikes)/hiker bar that we frequent after this hike for great food, good times, and continued camaraderie. Trail Information Length: About 9 miles with an easy opt-out at 6 miles. Trail Type: Modified Loop Skill Level: Moderate Trailhead Change: About 825 feet of cumulative ascent/descent for the first 6 miles and another 200 feet of ascent/descent for the last 3 miles. Park Entry or Parking Fee November-March: 7 Days Per Week: $2/vehicle for in-state and $4/vehicle out-of-state residents April-October: Weekdays: $2/vehicle for in-state and $4/vehicle for out-of-state residents. Weekends: $3/person in-state and $5/person for out out-of-state residents. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/) 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.accuweather.com/en/us/halethorpe-md/21227/weather-forecast/8869_pc) 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 is the pace is used in most hiking publications to represent the speed of an average hiker. Our RSVP Policies 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 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. 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. 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 (http://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 (http://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 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 (http://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! Optional Post Hike Meal and Camaraderie After the hike, let's drive/caravan to a nearby (about four miles) local favorite and modest restaurant (lunches are about $10, beers are $2.50 for some domestic, and up to maybe $5 for imported) for a post hike meal! Directions to This Hike Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions%3A_Patapsco%3A_Swinging_Bridge_Lot) 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. Carpool Meetup time at Savage Station and Ride is 9:00 a.m. Time for carpooling from Vienna METRO is 8:30 a.m. Carpool Time for Annapolis Area is 8:45 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 (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 good times out on the trails and see you there! Dan:[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 (http://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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    PVSP: Orange Grove and Rockburn Areas with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 6 Mi OR A Moderate 9 Mi

    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

    $3.00
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  • Seneca Creek Trail Series: Part 4 of 5 - Clopper Lake! An Easy-Side-Mod 6 Miles
    Seneca Creek Greenway Hike Series: Part 4 of 5 — The Beautiful and Peaceful Clopper Lake Area! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 6-Mile Hike with Optional Post Hike Meal This hike is 15 miles from DC and about a 45-minute drive from Baltimore. This five-part series takes you along the entire length of the 25-Mile Seneca Creek Greenway, the Schaeffer Farm Trails, and around Clopper Lake for a total approximately 30 miles. Description for Seneca Creek Greenway Hike Series Part 4: Just South of and Including Beautiful Clopper Lake This section of the Seneca Creek Greenway is a 6.1-mile, modestly hilly waterside excursion with about only 550 feet of total elevation change. It passes through oak and hickory woods that also harbor dogwoods, redbuds, pines, and mountain laurels. It offers excellent lake and creek views, plus a multi-hued array of wildflowers and birds. Seneca Creek State Park, composed of 6,300 acres, extends along 14 scenic miles of Seneca Creek, as it winds its way to the Potomac River. The Clopper Day-Use Area contains many scenic areas, including the 90-acre Clopper Lake, where we are hiking today. The lake is surrounded by very scenic forests and fields. What now keeps Gaithersburg and Germantown apart is the northern portion of Seneca Creek State Park. Starting in the 1950s, the state government slowly acquired 6,609 acres of fields and woodlands along Seneca Creek. Opened in 1980, the ribbony, creek-valley park winds across the county for roughly 16 miles north of Gaithersburg to the Potomac River at Seneca. Only the park’s northern section has been developed. Its centerpiece is woodland-enveloped, 90-acre Clopper Lake. Transition Hike This is a great hike for those wanting to transition from easy to moderate hiking since the main difference is distance. The hills, for the most part, are very short but a few are a little steep but even those are short. All the hills are in spurts followed by nice long flat segments for plenty of recovery time. Also, we stop at the top of hills for our rest stops. Nobody gets left behind! Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group's Seneca Creek Greenway Hike Series Information and Details Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group's five-part series of day-hikes takes you along the entire length of the beautiful and very biodiverse 25 mile-long Seneca Creek Greenway, Schaeffer Farm Trails, and around Clopper Lake (within Seneca Creek State Park) for a total distance of approximately 30 miles. Dividing the long trail into more doable sections helps make this a more inclusive hike versus only offering it as one very long day-hike. Also, it provides an opportunity for more people to enjoy the plentiful bounty of health benefits of hiking by encouraging participation in part of a series of hikes offered with as close to equal intervals as reasonably possible. NOTE: Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group will issue a certificate of completion to hikers who complete all five parts of the series! Part 1: May 26 — Seneca Creek Greenway: Southern Terminus to Black Rock Mill. We start from the beginning of the trail and follow it to Black Rock Mill. A Moderate 6.5 Miles. Part 2: June 3 — Seneca Creek Greenway: Starting where we ended part two of the series (Black Rock Mill), we continue along the trail that takes us to/near the Schaeffer Farm area. An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4 Miles. Part 3: June 9 — Seneca Creek Greenway: Hiking from where we left off in part two, our trek along the trail continues as it approaches Seneca State Park. An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 6.1 Miles. Today's Hike! Part 4: June 17— Seneca Creek Greenway: Starting where we left off the trail in the previous section (part 3), we continue hiking along the trail as it enters Seneca Creek State Park and then we enjoy a jaunt around beautiful Clopper Lake. An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 6.1 Miles. Part 5: June 23 — Seneca Creek Greenway: Northern Terminus. Beginning from where we left off in part 4 of the series, we complete our 5-part series upon reaching the Northern Terminus of the Seneca Creek Greenway! Clopper Lake/ MD 117 to Huntmaster and Davis Mill. A Moderate 7 Miles. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Gaithersburg Scenery: Woodlands, Stream Valley, and Lake Views Length: 6 total miles Trail Surface: Mostly hard-packed dirt: very rooty only all around the lake Elevation Gain: 550 feet Trail Type: Modified Loop Skill Level: Easy Side of Moderate Due to length and Hills Season: Year-round Exposure: Mostly shady, but less so in wintertime Local Maps: USGS Germantown, Gaithersburg, Seneca Topo Map: Seneca Creek State Park: Clopper Lake Section Topographic Map Facilities: Toilets at the visitor center, off-trail at picnic areas. Park Fee There is no park fee for this hike. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/) 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/hourbyhour/USMD0347?begHour=1&begDay=267) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace This hike will be led at a moderate pace of about 2.5 mph (pace of an average hiker) unless otherwise posted or options are available. Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. (Beaver Dam photo, above, and top and mid-page fall foliage photos credit courtesy of “viewthrumylens.com”) 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. 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. (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 (http://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 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 (http://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://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions%3A_Seneca_Creek_State_Park-Visitor_Center) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45–9:55 a.m. Hike is at 10:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Vienna Metro — 9:15 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 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 (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. 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! Seth:[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 (http://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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    Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Series: Hike 4 of 5 — Clopper Lake with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy Side of Moderate 6 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

    $5.00
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  • Wed. Dayhike Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area: Easy-Mod. 6 Mi (11/14)
    Explore the Serpentine Barrens at Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 6 Miles This special hike features a look-alike Midwest prairie, where the serpentine landscape provides a unique environment. Many people mistakenly assume that the Serpentine Trail is named for its shape. Actually, the name refers to the type of soil in the area. Serpentine, or serpentinite, is a mineral that produces extremely nutrient-poor soil that supports very few grasses and plants. Exceptions include the rare examples of serpentine grasslands that grow in Soldiers Delight. ***Special Gear Note: Wear sturdy hiking boots or trail shoes as the serpentine rock is very sharp. Many of these grasses are not only rare in Maryland, but across our entire planet. This Natural Environment Area is comprised of 1,900 acres of serpentine barren. The area has over 39 rare, threatened, or endangered plant species as well as rare insects, rocks, and minerals. Invasion of Virginia Pines threatens rare grassland plant species. There are seven miles of marked hiking trails. Equestrians and cyclists are prohibited due to the sensitive nature of the area. The visitor center is a must-see so be sure to visit after your hike. It has meeting rooms, a reference library and excellent exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the area. Trail Information Nearby City: Owings Mills Length: ~6 miles Scenery: Rare prairie, Chimney Branch, and abandoned mines Exposure: Half and half Trail Surface: Packed dirt, serpentine rock Configuration: 2 jagged intersecting loops Loop Elev. Gain: 650 feet Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate Season: Year-round Facilities: Restrooms, water, vending machines in the visitor center. Visitor Center: The visitor center is open weekends 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This is a center worth seeing so plan to check it out after your hike if you have the time! Park Fee There is no park fee for this hike. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/) 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/today/USMD0300) 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 is the pace used in most hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. Our RSVP Policies 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 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 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 (http://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/sdea---visitor-center.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:15-9:25 a.m. The Hike is at 9:30 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. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, 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 good times out on the trails and see you there! Mary:[masked] • Click Here to Chip In Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health) 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 (http://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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    Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 6 Mile Hike

    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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  • Tues. Day Hike! Gold Mine Area Trails & Great Falls! A Moderate 6 Miles (11/13)
    C&O Canal National Historical Park "Something-for-Everyone" Hike -- Featuring the Gold Mine Area Trails and Great Falls! A Moderate 6-Miles Let's explore some of the interesting gold mining works and old fortifications that date from Civil War to near the mid-20th century in the woods above the C&O Canal. Beyond the abandoned gold mines, our hike plan explores the bed of an old trolley line that brought visitors from the city to the falls. Note: We will stop at the Great Falls Visitors Center, where there are restroom facilities. From Great Falls we head upstream via the easy River Trail one additional mile, returning via the C&O Canal Towpath. On the return, we will take the short "spur trail" out to the magnificent Great Falls! Finally, we return to our starting point on the C&O Canal towpath. Trail Information Nearby City: Potomac, MD Scenery: Mathers Gorge and Great Falls from the Maryland Side Distance: 6 miles. Elevation Gain: approx. 450ft Difficulty: Gold Mine Area Trails = Moderate. C&O canal = easy. Hike Type: Modified circuit Park 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/local/USMD0325?lswe=Potomac,%20MD&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_typeahead) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace The goal of 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 venues 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! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gfp---old-anglers-inn.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. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:45 a.m. Carpool Time from Annapolis — 8:30 a.m. Please remember that Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html) and Leave No Trace principles (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html). Our excursions are led by qualified, generous, dedicated MAHG constituents who graciously volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) their valuable time to serve on Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups 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 first and foremost 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 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). 🐶 While A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido to join in the fun. Fido is NOT allowed on the trail out to Great Falls, per Park policy.🐕 Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! Brad:[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 (http://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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    C&O Canal Ntl Historical Park: Gold Mine + Great Falls with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Mod 6 Miles

    Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. · , MD

    $3.00
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  • Very Scenic Greenbelt Park! An Easy/Newbie-Friendly 5.3- to 6.4-Mile Hike
    Greenbelt Park! An Easy and Very Scenic/Newbie-Friendly 5.3-Mile Hike Located a dozen miles northeast of the White House, Greenbelt Park ranks as the second largest nature preserve (after Rock Creek Park) within the Capital Beltway. Covering 1,100 acres, it nestles amid a grid of major highways and suburban streets. Most of it remains undeveloped, so it’s also an attractive—if little used—hiking locale. Copyright 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC - Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Greenbelt Length: 5.3 - 6.4 miles Scenery: Woodlands, stream valleys Exposure: Lots of shade but less in winter when leaves are off the trees Trail Surface: Basically hard-packed dirt, rocky, rooty, or grassy in some places; board walked and bridged in wet places Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Easy Season: Year-round Local Contacts: Greenbelt Local Maps: USGS Beltsville; ADC Prince George's County Facilities: Toilets and water are available near trailhead; toilets at Sweetgum picnic area near the park entrance. 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:20768.1.99999) 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 (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. 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/greenbelt---sweetgum.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. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 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 (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 charity, (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. Al:[masked] • Click Here to Chip In Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)and Chip-In to 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 (http://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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    Greenbelt Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy 5.3 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. · , DC

    $3.00
  • Patapsco Valley State Park: McKeldin Area - A Moderate 4 Miles
    Patapsco Valley State Park — McKeldin Area: Switchback Trail! A Moderate 4-Mile Hike with Optional Post-Hike Meal. "Starting from the swift rapids of the South Branch, to the confluence of the North and South Branches and beyond, this hike follows the mood of the Patapsco River—sometimes lively, sometimes lazy. About two-thirds of the hike comes into very close contact with the river. The return is a woodland walk through a narrow hollow favored by white-tailed deer. Thanks to the topography of the area, it is possible to find solitude any time of year. The rolling landscape and cliffs provide a buffer that allows for quiet enjoyment of the stream valley." Portions from "Hiking Maryland and Delaware," second edition. The Switchback trail begins by the contact station at the top of the hill near the entrance to the park. We will enjoy this beautiful, riverside trail for the full 3 miles plus enjoy a rapids area bringing our hike to just about right at 4 miles. The northern part of this trail is foot-use-only. During late fall and winter, enjoy a scenic view at the Liberty Dam Overlook located at the end of the trail. Participants can opt out at the end of the Switchback trail, about 4 miles. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Baltimore Length: 4 miles Elevation Gain: about 250' for the first 4 miles Trail Type: Modified Figure-8 Skill Level: More Moderate Season: Year-round Local Contacts: Patapsco Valley State Park McKeldin Area Local Maps: USGS Ellicott City, Maryland Trail Notes (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Trail_Notes_for_McKeldon_Area_-_A_Mod_4_or_9_Miles/) for Leaders Park Fee April through October Monday through Friday: $2 per vehicle in-state; $4 per vehicle out-of-state Weekends and Holidays: $3 per person in-state, $5 per person out-of-state November through March Honor System in effect: $2 per vehicle in-state; $4 per vehicle out-of-state Admitted Free: Children buckled in safety seats, senior citizens 62 & older with the Golden Age Pass (http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pdfs/gapass.pdf), people with the Universal Disability Pass (http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/udpfaq.aspx) for persons with disabilities, members of the Maryland National Guard & all active duty military personnel who display their active military identification card (complimentary access is permitted for card holder only). Gear Information Click Here for suggestions (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/) for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/21043?lswe=21043&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_localwx) to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking. Hike Pace This hike will be led at an average hikers pace, which is about 2.5 - 3 mph. Our RSVP Policies 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 If you can drive or want to carpool from any location, 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! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Direction (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/patapsco---mckeldin---front-lot.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 good times out on the trails and see you there! Mary:[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 (http://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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    PVSP: McKeldin Area — Featuring "Switchback Trail" with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 4 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

    $5.00
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