• Calvert Cliffs State Park: Beach Fossil Hunt & Hike! Easy 4.6 or Up To Mod 9 Mi

    Calvert Cliffs State Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 4 or A Moderate 7 Miles

    $5.00

    Hike and Beach Fossil Forage at Calvert Cliffs State Park! A Newbie-Friendly/Easy 4.6-Mile Hike with Options for up to 9 Moderate Total Miles ----------------------- COVID-19 changes: 4.6 miles with options up to 9 miles. Access to the beach is closed. We will hike only a short distance on the red trail where there is a boardwalk (there may be turtles basking in the sun, a blue heron, and Canada geese, wood ducks) and then hike on the service road which is wider and makes it easier to keep 6 ft social distance. We start early to avoid the crowd. There are bathrooms when you enter the Park, just after you pay (have correct change). We suggest you use it before meeting at the parking lot. There is a clean portable jon at about 3 miles. If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, then you should not sign up. ----------------------- The main feature of the park is the huge Miocene cliffs that dominate the waterfront as can be seen in the picture at the very top of this listing. These cliffs rise over the Bay over 100 feet and are slowly eroding at the rate of almost 3 feet per year. The spectacular sites were created over 10 million years ago when the Chesapeake Bay was still just a shallow sea. But as the waters receded, the seafloor became exposed, and what was to eventually become fossils gathered at this point. The cliffs are the most extensive assemblage of Miocene fossils in the eastern United States. The park shows little evidence of human contact. Over 1,000 acres of this park are designated as wildlands allowing the landscape to return to its more natural state. While the walk to the beach is a bit longer than some might expect at 4.6 miles round trip, it is well worth it. After following and observing a creek develop into the wetland, the path all of a sudden opens to the Bay. The beach is littered with fossils that have fallen out of the cliffs and washed ashore. Many visitors visit with buckets and sieves to help them hunt for sharks' teeth and fossilized shells. The trails are mostly dirt with some boardwalk (very sturdy). Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Solomon's Island Length: ~5 Miles with Options for up to 9 Total Miles Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type: Modified Loop Skill Level: Easy for the ~ 4 miles and Moderate for longer options Local Contacts: Calvert Cliffs State Park Local Maps: USGS Cove Point, Maryland Topo Map: Calvert Cliffs State Park Topographic Map Park Entry Fee There is an entrance fee of $5 per car, $7 out of state. Cash only. 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:20657.1.99999) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. 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 locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venue's 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. (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://midatlantichikinggroup.org/calvert-cliffs-park.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 Vienna Station — 7:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:30 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) non-profit 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 enjoying all the health benefits that getting out and connecting with nature provides! Christa:[masked]‬ • Please Click Here Now (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Important 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 (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

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  • “Raft” Bridge River Crossing at Chestnut Land Trust! A Moderate 7 or 10 Miles

    American Chestnut Land Trust: South Tract Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Mod 7 or 10 Miles

    $5.00

    Let's Use the Way Cool "Raft" River Crossing at the Beautiful American Chestnut Land Trust (a MAHG Partner) — South Tract Area Trails! A Moderate 7 or 10 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal -------------------------- COVID-19 Changes No Carpools - Social Distancing - Bring Mask, Bandana.. for times when you get to close to other hikers - Early Start. We return to the trailhead after approximately 6.5 miles and then add the original American Chestnut tree and compare to hybrids on a different trail, also walk past a ca[masked] African American homestead ruin, and mountain laurels. -------------------------- 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 About the River "Raft" River Crossing: The ACLT now owns about 1,000 acres, and through a partnership with the Nature Conservancy, the State of Maryland, and private landowners, there are now approximately 4,000 acres in preservation on both sides of Governor’s Run and Parker’s Creek. There are 19 miles of hiking trails and now, the two are connected. “It’s like two little separate preserves and we wanted to connect the two preserves,” ACLT Executive Director Greg Bowen said. “It’s been in the works for a little while, but there were several problems we had to solve before we could make this trail happen, not the least of which was crossing the creek,” said ACLT Land Manager Autumn Phillips-Lewis. “Some of our most innovative volunteers came up with this raft across the creek." Seriously though - where else can you go and take a raft across a creek?!? There are a lot of bridges, but here you get to do a Tom Sawyer and go across on the raft. “Another thing we had to work on was the route between here and the south,” Phillips-Lewis admitted. “It’s quite steep terrain. There’s a lot of up and down steep grades and six stream crossings we had to address.” Eagle Scout Ted Danielson constructed steps in some the steep grades on the south side, she noted, thanking the many volunteers who contributed to the effort. “I just really wanted to thank everyone for putting it in in the middle of winter,” Phillips-Lewis said. “As usual, you persevered and made it happen.” And of course, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group was there to help too and was part of the first group to use the new "bridge." • 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 is 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: Choice of 7 or 10 total miles Elevation Gain: 7 Miles: Vertical Up is 282 feet, and vertical down is 449 feet. 10 Miles: Elevation change is 1100 feet. Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Moderate The hills are short, but there are several hills with 40% elevation change. There are more than 10 hills. This is more strenuous than the 5 mile hike at Catoctin Mountain, but you start with 1/2 mile without much of an elevation. 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. There is also a very long section boardwalk that leads to where there is a massive beaver dam. 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. 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. 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 — 8:15-8:25 a.m. The Hike is at 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html) 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 (http://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 Serving our Mission.

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  • 🦅Eagle Spotting Hike - Susquehanna River & Dam! An Easy/Moderate 7-Mile Hike 🦅

    Susquehanna State Park: River Trails Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 7 Miles

    $5.00

    🦅 Susquehanna State Park: Spotting Eagles Along the River Trails and Conowingo Dam! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 7 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal 🦅 "Follow the mighty Susquehanna River upstream to Conowingo Dam — then return via an obscure trail. If any Baltimore outdoor enthusiast needs a reminder why he or she is lucky to live in this area, Susquehanna State Park provides it. Just consider the Susquehanna River’s impressive statistics: 444 miles long, a 13 million-acre drainage basin, the second-largest watershed in the eastern United States. The river begins as an overflow of Otsego Lake in New York and runs through three states before draining into the Chesapeake Bay, just south of Havre de Grace, MD, pouring 19-million gallons of fresh water into the bay every minute." In addition to Eagles (hopefully), some other scenery includes Susquehanna River, Deer Creek, Historic Sites, Mixed Hardwoods © Copyright Evan Balkan Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved. Trail Information Nearby City: Darlington, MD Length: 7 total miles Configuration: Lollipop with jagged loop Scenery: Susquehanna River, Deer Creek, Historic Sites, Mixed Hardwoods Exposure: Shade Trail Surface: Gravel, packed dirt, some asphalt Skill Level: The hills are rolling for the most part and nothing very steep. The first portion is mostly flat followed by the second section with some rolling hills and twisty trails. Season: Year-round Vertical Up: 348 feet Vertical Down: 318 feet Facilities: Restrooms and water available at the Rock Run Historic Area, campground, Steppingstone Museum, Deer Creek Picnic Area, and Lapidurn Boat Launch. Trail Notes for Leaders (http://www.midatlantichiking.com/pages/Trail_Notes_for_Susquehanna_State_Park_River_Trail/) Additional Nearby Activities You might want to check out and explore the Steppingstone Museum (http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org/). This museum has rural arts and crafts of the[masked] period. Also, Havre de Grace (http://www.hdgtourism.com/) (MD 155 East) which is very near her has find museums, lighthouses, and the town's famous promenade, which extends 2,400 feet along the Chesapeake Bay from City Marina to the Concord Point Lighthouse. 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, snow, or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMD0120?from=enhsearch_loc) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. 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/susquehanna-river-trail---conowinga.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 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! Steve:[masked] • Click Here Now to Chip-In (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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  • Zekiah Swamp/Cedarville State Forest! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 5-Mile Hike

    Cedarville State Forest and Zekiah Swamp with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly and Easy 5 Mile Hike

    $5.00

    Zekiah Swamp and Cedarville State Forest! A Newbie Friendly and Easy 5-Mile Hike! ----------------------- COVID-19 changes We practice Social Distancing. Please bring a mask or bandana for times when we are close to others. There is an option of up to 3.5 additional miles for a total of 9 miles. We start early to avoid crowds and to be safe, we also limit the number of hikers. When entering the park, pull into the first parking lot to pay the fee (bring correct change) or bring a Maryland State Park Pass, then continue to the parking lot on Forest Road. ----------------------- The headwaters of the Zekiah Swamp are located in Cedarville. The swamp is one mile wide and serves as a major haven for wildlife. Cedarville State Forest is home to several unique features in nature. The Cedarville Bog is considered the headwaters of the largest freshwater bog in Maryland, the Zekiah Swamp. Of particular interest in this bog are several species of insect-eating plants, including the roundleaf sundew (pictured below eating an insect) and the northern pitcher plant (one of these is known as the Venus flytrap which is pictured farther below). Throughout the SUMMER MONTHS, spy the leaves of these carnivorous plants, which attract insects with their reddish color and entrap them with sticky or bristly hairs. Showy wildflowers also dot the open meadow next to the bog. Look for the pink blooms of Maryland meadow-beauty and milkwort and the purple flowers of Hyssop Skullcap. Most of Cedarville is forested with over 50 species of trees, including white and loblolly pine plantations. The Piscataway Indian Tribe made this section of Southern Maryland its winter camping ground because of the mild climate and abundance of game. Legend says there is an Indian Burial ground in Cedarville State Forest, but to date, it has not been found. While this hike is excellent all year round, note that the carnivorous plants only bloom during the summer months. An easy hike through deep, shady forest along the banks of meandering creeks, it a hike for everyone. On a hot summer day, there is a drowsy, languid feel to the creeks that run through Cedarville State Forest. They are known to rise and wash out bridges, and if their steeply cut banks are any measure, they have done so often. But there is little babble to these sandy-bottomed brooks. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Saint Charles, MD Length: 5.1 total miles Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Easy Season: Year-round Trail Surface: Dirt footpaths traverse a heavily wooded area with short stretches through the watershed of two major streams. Unlike most parts of Maryland, there are few rocks and roots (which we call ankle twisters) so you can take in the view and not have to watch your feet constantly! Facilities: Restrooms, visitor center, campground, archery range, fish hatchery visitor center. Local Contacts: Cedarville State Forest Local Maps: USGS Bristol, Maryland Topo Map: Cedarville State Forest Loop Topographic Map Special Features: There is an archery range where you walk through on paths and shoot at targets set up through the woods. It is open when the park is open and is included in your park admission. So bring out your bow to enjoy some bow practice after the hike! Additional Activities: A four-acre pond stocked with Bluegill, Catfish, Sunfish, and Bass is open for bank fishing only. A Maryland Non-Tidal fishing license is required for persons 16 years and older. Park Fee Maryland State Residents are $3.00 per car and out of state, $5.00 per car paid by the honor system upon entering the park. Make sure you place the yellow tag that comes with the payment envelope onto your rear view mirror. 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://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.65997669800049&lon=-76.83572832299967#.V4CSeVcRUw4) to view the forecast for the park 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. (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 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/cedarville-state-forest---forest-rd.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 p.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Fairfax — 6:45 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 fun out on the trails and see you there! Christa:[masked] • Please Click Here Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health) 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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  • Calvert Cliffs State Park: Beach Fossil Hunt & Hike! Easy 4.6 or Up To Mod 9 Mi

    Calvert Cliffs State Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 4 or A Moderate 7 Miles

    $5.00

    Hike and Beach Fossil Forage at Calvert Cliffs State Park! A Newbie-Friendly/Easy 4.6-Mile Hike with Options for up to 9 Moderate Total Miles ----------------------- COVID-19 changes: 4.6 miles with options up to 9 miles. Access to the beach is closed. We will hike only a short distance on the red trail where there is a boardwalk (there may be turtles basking in the sun, a blue heron, and Canada geese, wood ducks) and then hike on the service road which is wider and makes it easier to keep 6 ft social distance. We start early to avoid the crowd. There are bathrooms when you enter the Park, just after you pay (have correct change). We suggest you use it before meeting at the parking lot. There is a clean portable jon at about 3 miles. ----------------------- The main feature of the park is the huge Miocene cliffs that dominate the waterfront as can be seen in the picture at the very top of this listing. These cliffs rise over the Bay over 100 feet and are slowly eroding at the rate of almost 3 feet per year. The spectacular sites were created over 10 million years ago when the Chesapeake Bay was still just a shallow sea. But as the waters receded, the seafloor became exposed, and what was to eventually become fossils gathered at this point. The cliffs are the most extensive assemblage of Miocene fossils in the eastern United States. The park shows little evidence of human contact. Over 1,000 acres of this park are designated as wildlands allowing the landscape to return to its more natural state. While the walk to the beach is a bit longer than some might expect at 4.6 miles round trip, it is well worth it. After following and observing a creek develop into the wetland, the path all of a sudden opens to the Bay. The beach is littered with fossils that have fallen out of the cliffs and washed ashore. Many visitors visit with buckets and sieves to help them hunt for sharks' teeth and fossilized shells. The trails are mostly dirt with some boardwalk (very sturdy). Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Solomon's Island Length: ~5 Miles with Options for up to 9 Total Miles Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type: Modified Loop Skill Level: Easy for the ~ 4 miles and Moderate for longer options Local Contacts: Calvert Cliffs State Park Local Maps: USGS Cove Point, Maryland Topo Map: Calvert Cliffs State Park Topographic Map Park Entry Fee There is an entrance fee of $5 per car, $7 out of state. Cash only. 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:20657.1.99999) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. 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 locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venue's 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. (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://midatlantichikinggroup.org/calvert-cliffs-park.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 Vienna Station — 7:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:30 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) non-profit 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 enjoying all the health benefits that getting out and connecting with nature provides! Christa:[masked]‬ • Please Click Here Now (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Important 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 (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

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  • Rocks State Park: King/Queen Seat w/ Picnic at Kilgore Falls! Easy-Side-Mod 4 Mi

    Rocks State Park: King/Queen Seats with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Mod 4 Miles & Opt Mod Rock Scramble To Seats

    $5.00

    Rocks State Park: King and Queen's Seat with Picnic at Kilgore Falls! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4-Mile Hike The pic above was taken from one of our fall hikes in the park! "We will explore some of the 85 acres of dense forest and massive boulders rising above Deer Creek, culminating in the main attraction: King and Queen’s Seat, 190-foot rock outcroppings once the ancestral meeting place of the Susquehannock and Mingo Indians. Soaring natural rock outcrops provide breathtaking views, as well as a challenge to rock scramble. There are many vertical rock faces on the outcrop, some of which are as high as 94 feet. Note that if you do not scramble up the "seats" this is considered an easy-side-of-moderate hike. Also, you do not need to decide if you want to scramble to the seats until you are there, so you can scope them out first! The first thing you will see on this trek is the infamous yellow sign which reads "Caution, climbers have been seriously injured while trying to free climb." This applies to King and Queen's Seat (pictured at the top of this posting), which we visit at the end of this hike. For now, there is enough to occupy you on the extremely steep and rocky approach to the main loop trail where during the first 900 feet of the trail you will gain 200 feet. After the main hike, we will go and visit Kilgore Falls which is the second largest and tallest falls in the state of Maryland (picture further down in this listing). The movie Tuck Everlasting was filmed in this park and features all of the aforementioned attributes to the area. Trail Information Trail Type: Irregular Loop Nearby City: Street, MD Length: 3.4 total miles plus 1 mile at the falls Trail Surface: Packed dirt and rock Exposure: Shade Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate if not scrambling up to the seats. However, this trek becomes a more easy-side-of-strenuous endeavor if you do opt to venture up to the seats. All hike leaders offer both options on this hike, so come on out as this is a fantastic hike either way! Season: Year-round Trailhead Elev: 310 feet Top Elev: 610 feet Park Entry Fee There is no park entry 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, snow, or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USMD0384) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. 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. 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. 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://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions%3A_Rocks_State_Park%3A_King_and_Queens_Seat) 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. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 7:30 a.m. Carpool Time from Annapolis Area — 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/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. Steve:[masked] • Please Click Here Now (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/) and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Important 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 (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

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  • Easter Hike: Waterfalls & Rivers at Scotts Run Preserve! A Moderate 4-Mile Hike

    Scotts Run Nature Preserve and Waterfall with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 4 Mile Hike

    $5.00
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  • Seneca Creek State Park: Clopper Lake Area! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 6 Miles

    Seneca Creek State Park: Clopper Lake Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy Side of Moderate 6 Miles

    $5.00

    Seneca Creek Park: Clopper Lake Area Trails! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 6 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal This hike is 15 miles from D.C. and about a 45-minute drive from Baltimore The park, comprised 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, surrounded by 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 old fields and woodlands along Seneca Creek. Opened in 1980, the ribbony, creek-valley park winds across the county for roughly 16 miles from 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. This hike is a 6.1-mile, modestly hilly water-side excursion with about only 550 feet of elevation change. It passes through oak and hickory woods that also harbor dogwoods, redbuds, pines, and mountain laurels. 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 are, 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! Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Gaithersburg Scenery: Woodlands, Stream Valley, and Lake Views Length: 6.1 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 overall length and rolling hills Season: Year-round Exposure: Mostly shady but less so in winter 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 Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee based on where we park. 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 (https://weather.com/weather/today/l/12388:19:US) to view the forecast for the park. 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/seneca-creek---clopper-lake.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 — 8:40 a.m. Carpool Time from Vienna Metro Stop — 9:15 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 (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! Fran:[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 (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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  • “Raft” Bridge River Crossing at American Chestnut Land Trust! Moderate 6.5 Miles

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

    $5.00

    Let's Use the Way Cool "Raft" River Crossing at the Beautiful American Chestnut Land Trust (A MAHG Partner) — South Tract Area Trails! A Moderate 6.5 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal 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 About the New River "Raft" River Crossing: The ACLT now owns about 1,000 acres, and through a partnership with the Nature Conservancy, the State of Maryland, and private landowners, there are now approximately 4,000 acres in preservation on both sides of Governor’s Run and Parker’s Creek. There are 19 miles of hiking trails, and now, the two are connected. “It’s like two little separate preserves, and we wanted to connect the two preserves,” ACLT Executive Director Greg Bowen said. “It’s been in the works for a little while, but there were several problems we had to solve before we could make this trail happen, not the least of which was crossing the creek,” said ACLT Land Manager Autumn Phillips-Lewis. “Some of our most innovative volunteers came up with this raft across the creek." Seriously though - where else can you go and take a raft across a creek?!? There are a lot of bridges, but here you get to do a Tom Sawyer and go across on the raft. “Another thing we had to work on was the route between here and the south,” Phillips-Lewis admitted. “It’s a quite steep terrain. There’s a lot of up and down steep grades and six stream crossings we had to address.” Eagle Scout Ted Danielson constructed steps in some the steep grades on the south side, she noted, thanking the many volunteers who contributed to the effort. “I just really wanted to thank everyone for putting it in in the middle of winter,” Phillips-Lewis said. “As usual, you persevered and made it happen.” And of course, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group was there to help too and was part of the first group to use the new "bridge." • 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 is 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. 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 the Chesapeake Bay settlement. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Port Republic, MD Length: About 6.5 total miles Elevation Gain: Vertical Up is 282 feet, and vertical down is 449 feet. Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Moderate due to the short distance, elevation gain, and wide, easy-to-follow paths. It would be rated “Easy side of moderate,” except there are some rolling hills that earn it a “Moderate” rating. Trail Surface: Old dirt farm roads converted into nice wide hiking paths characterize the upland pathways for a short section. In the stream valleys, along Gravatt Stream and Jett Stream, narrow footpaths have more woodsy and scenic character. There is also a very long section boardwalk that leads to where there is a massive beaver dam. 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. 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 locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or a particular hike or venue 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 (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 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/aclt---south-tract-area.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. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 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. 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html) 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 (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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  • Patapsco Valley SP: Orange Grove and Hilton Areas: A Moderate 7- to 8-Mile Hike

    PVSP: Hilton Area and Orange Grove Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7 Miles

    $5.00

    Patapsco Valley State Park — Featuring the Hilton and Orange Grove Areas! A Moderate 7- to 8-Mile Hike With Optional Post Hike Biker Bar Lunch This hike is not from a book or website! A surprisingly rugged and remote descent into a wooded stream valley to the Patapsco River! The trail provides access to a pristine stream valley, with quiet pools and small cascading waterfalls. The valley is decorated with ferns and some sections of mountain laurel. The stream valley canyon is narrow and sometimes dark. The Patapsco River flows through a piedmont stream valley with steep-sided walls. The river descends in elevation through a series of bouldery rapids through hard, erosion-resistant mica schist rock. Near the river’s edge, sycamores, box elder, and other floodplain tree species predominate. The vegetation in the floodplain is constantly regrowing and can appear somewhat disturbed due to the river frequently flooding its banks. The steep-sided hills of the river valley are wooded with upland hardwood species including American Beech, tulip poplar, elm, oaks, hickory and ash in the canopy. Mountain laurel, dogwood, witch hazel, spicebush, pawpaw and other shrubs comprise the understory. Numerous migratory songbirds and waterfowl frequent the river, the Sawmill Branch stream valley, and its riparian habitat. Look for Belted Kingfishers and Great-blue Heron, two common avian species in the riverine habitat. Rainbow and Brown Trout are stocked in the river in the spring, but the higher water temperatures do not sustain them year-round. The rocky nature of part of this hike discourages many from hiking here, creating a pristine environment. Trail Information Nearby City: Baltimore Length: 7-8 total miles Elev. Gain: 1100 ft. Highlights: Buzzard Rock, Cascade Falls, Both the Older and Brand New Swinging Bridges, and a great group of hikers for tons of fun on the trail! Trail Type: Modified Loop Skill Level: Easy Side of Moderate Season: Year-round Hours of Operations: 9 a.m. to Sunset Local Contacts: Patapsco Valley State Park Park Fee November-March: State residents $2/vehicle, out-of-state residents $4/vehicle April-October: Weekdays: State residents $2/vehicle, out-of-state residents $4/vehicle Weekends: State residents $3/person, out-of-state residents $5/person 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 to view the forecast for the area of the venue. RSVP and Etiquette Policies Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review MAHG RSVP policies and 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 (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 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, 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 There will be an optional lunch and libations at a group favorite — a local biker bar! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/patapsco---swinging-bridge.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 — 9:15 a.m. Carpool Time from Vienna METRO — 8:30 a.m. Carpool Time from Annapolis Area — 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 (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! Dan:[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 (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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  • Savage Mill Park! Hiker's Choice of Easy 2 Up to Moderate 9 Miles

    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

    $5.00

    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. 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. 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. 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! Mike:[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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