• Rock Creek Wednesday After Work Hike in the Central and Southern Areas (06/26)

    Rock Creek Park (After Work-Weekday Version) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 4-6 Miles

    $3.00

    Rock Creek Park Wednesday — Featuring the Beautiful and Uniquely Different Central and Southern Regions! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4-6 Mile After Work Hike! We Will Hike Slightly Different Routes Each Week to Explore Rock Creek Park’s Diverse Southern and Central Sections Come out and receive an after work restorative dose of outdoor activity, plus a sampling of the parks natural charms! Rock Creek Park forms a big wedge that follows its namesake creek from Washington’s northern apex down to the creek’s mouth on the Potomac River. Washington, DC, has long been called the City of Trees. Despite a net tree-cover loss of roughly 60 percent since 1980, the name still aptly applies, and the parks remain mostly wooded. This park, especially its southern section, celebrates the District’s arboreal heritage. The park’s central section features a rocky and superbly scenic creek valley while the southern region is more arboreal in nature. Most of the trees are deciduous, such as oaks, hickories, maples, dogwoods, and sycamores. Hikers will also find more exotic varieties along the way, with wildflowers and birds adding further color and interest to the trailside parklands. Administratively, the parklands are all part of the National Park Service’s Rock Creek Park. However, the area is divided into four distinct and separate units and regions; Melvin Hazen, Glover-Archbold, Whitehaven, and Dumbarton Oaks Parks. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Washington, DC Scenery: Gently rolling woodlands, rocky creek, and seasonally, magnificent fall foliage. Length: 4-6 total miles Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in the wintertime Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate and ideal for those wanting to transition from Easy-to-Moderate level hiking. Trail Surface: Mostly dirt or stony dirt; some pavement, grass; rocky, rooty in places. Season: Year-round Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Note and Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/zmw:20001.1.99999) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. 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/rock-creek---peirce-mill.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:45-5:55 p.m. The Hike is at 6:00 p.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) to lead hikes for MAHG. 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! Lauren: ‭[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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  • Tues. After Work DC Hike: The Meridian Hill Area! Easy 4-Mi Sneaker Hike (06/25)

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

    $3.00

    Hike DC Series - Hike 12 of 13 — Featuring the Meridian Hill and 16th Street Area! An Easy and Flat 4-Mile Social Sneaker Hike (Hike Begins and Terminates at the Same Metro Stop) This is a great newbie friendly/easy sneaker hike that passes by a number of historic buildings and residences. We invite you to join MAHG for a series of weekday early evening urban sneaker hikes throughout DC. Each of the 13 unique hikes explore a different area of the city. All of the easy/newbie friendly treks begin and end at the same METRO stop where they start, making them very accessible. There are many ways to see cities, but for anyone desiring a sense of the history and the character of an urban place, the city is best seen on foot. Though Washington DC is only 220 years old, it has a remarkable number of historic buildings, lands, and residences. The 16th St./Meridian Hill hike passes through elegant mansions, established churches, new and restored residential areas, and other places of interest. Park Fee There is no park fee for this hike. Gear Information Click Here (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 our hikes. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Washington%2C+DC)for the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace This hike will be led at an average hikers pace, which is about 2.5 mph. Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette Click Here (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 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! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/dc---dupont-circle.html) for Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:45-5:55 p.m. Hike Time is at 6:00 p.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (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 great times and see you there! Toby:[masked] • Click Here Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)and help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • Click Here (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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  • Catoctin Mountain Park: Wild & Adventurous Horse Trail! A Moderate 7.2-Mile Hike

    Catoctin Mountain Park: Horse Trail with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7.2 Miles

    $5.00
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  • Patapsco Valley State Park: Granite and Woodstock East Area Trails! Mod 7 Miles

    PVSP: Dam Hike Series (7 of 9) Woodstock East Areas with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7 Mi

    $5.00

    Hike in Patapsco Valley State Park: Granite and Woodstock East Area Trails: An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 7 Miles Plus Post Hike Libations and Camaraderie at the Woodstock Inn! A remote area that truly is a hidden gem! We will make a loop in a section of Patapsco Valley State Park on trails that take us over moderate, yet rewarding, terrain. While many developed areas inside Patapsco Valley State Park provide amenities for family outings, camping, and picnics, lucky for us the state park also offers huge tracts where you’re on your own as we will enjoy today. Since the area for this hike runs through unmaintained areas of the state park, it promises solitude, peace, and wildlife. Trail Information Nearby City: Woodstock, MD Length: ~7 total miles. Elev. Gain: 1040 feet: Take note this is the elevation GAIN and not indicative of the elevation CHANGE on the hike. There are lots of ups and downs on this hike but it is still on the easier side of moderate because of its short distance and none of the hills are very challenging. Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Moderate Season: Year-round 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/today/l/Patapsco+Valley+State+Park+MD+MDSPPV:13:US) 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 - 3.0 mph. This is the pace used in most 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 paces so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and/or ability. 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. 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 Get Together We will have optional post hike get together at the Woodstock Inn, which is conveniently located just across the street from where we meet for this trek. Click Here (http://www.woodstockinn.net/index.html)for additional information about the Woodstock Inn, including the menu (http://www.woodstockinn.net/menu.html) to help you decide if you will join us for fun and camaraderie with the group! Directions to Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/patapsco---woodstock-rd.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m. The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (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! Justin:[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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  • Harper's Ferry Tri-State Hike! A Strenuous 13-Mile Trek with Lunch from a Vista

    Harper’s Ferry: Tri-State (VA, WV, MD) Loudon Heights and Maryland Heights with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Strenuous 13 Miles

    $5.00

    Harper’s Ferry “Tri-State" Hike! A Strenuous 13 Miles with Lunch from an Overlook of Harper's Ferry Our hike plan includes multiple views of Harper's Ferry from both sides of the Potomac River and is a very scenic hike! Beginning in Loudon Heights, Va., take on a 1200-ft climb that earns us multiple spectacular views. We trek a section of the Appalachian Trail across the Shenandoah River 340 bridge, into Harper's Ferry, WV, and into beautiful downtown Harper's Ferry. This hike also crosses over the Potomac River footbridge to the C&O Canal. Then we enjoy many vistas and sweeping views provided along the Maryland Heights trail. Finally, we head down a very steep side trail that takes us back to the C&O Canal and on to the Sandy Hook bridge. Yep, we will be visiting many spectacular sites on both sides of the Potomac River on this very scenic Harper's Ferry hike! Lunch from the Overlook! Be sure to pack a meal as we will be enjoying lunch from an overlook of downtown Harper's Ferry (weather permitting). This particular overlook provides an excellent opportunity for taking some awesome photos. As a bonus, more often than not, we get the chance to watch skilled rock climbers climbing while we enjoy our meals. Trail Information Nearby City: Harper's Ferry Length: ~13 miles Elev. Gain: 2600 ft Elev. Change: 5000 ft Trail Type: Modified Circuit Skill Level: Strenuous Season: Year-round Local Contacts: Harper's Ferry Park Notes for Volunteer Hike Leaders: Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/3793012/Trail_Notes_for_Harpers_Ferry_Tri_State_Hike/)for Trail Notes for our volunteer leadership team regarding this hike. Park Fee Please remember that park entrance fees support park programs and help keep our parks open for us all to continue to enjoy! Vehicle Pass - $10.00 per vehicle. Admission pass is valid for three consecutive days, beginning on the date of purchase. Entrance passes are required in ALL park areas, and fees are payable at Cavalier Heights Entrance Station, Bolivar Heights, Maryland Heights, Harper's Ferry Train Station, and River Access Parking Lot. However, the NPS has informed me that if you have an NPS Interagency or a Harper's Ferry National Historical Park pass, parking is free. 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. • ATTENTION: Special Gear Note Note: Please bring at least 3 liters of water and plenty of snacks. There are NO places for water or food along the trail. 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. Baltimore/Columbia Area Suggestion - Broken Land Pkwy and Rt. 32 Park and Ride To carpool or caravan from the Columbia area, people can arrange to meet at the Broken Land Parkway and Rt. 32 Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Dir.%3A_Broken_Land_Parkway_and_Rt._32_Park_and_Ride/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Broken Land Parkway and Rt. 32 Park and Ride 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! Lunch from an Overlook! Be sure to pack a meal as we will be enjoying lunch from an overlook of downtown Harper's Ferry (weather permitting). This particular overlook provides an excellent opportunity for taking some awesome photos. As a bonus, more often than not, we get the chance to watch skilled rock climbers climbing while we enjoy our meals. Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/harpers-ferry---train-station.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m. The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Columbia Rte. 32 Park and Ride — 7:45 a.m. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 7:45 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (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 Welcome on this Hike as Long As He/She is a Well-Seasoned and Conditioned Trail Dog Because This Particular Trail is Tough on Paws! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! Christa:[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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  • U.S. National Arboretum! Metro Friendly 3.5 or 7.3 Easy Miles Optional

    U.S. National Arboretum with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy 3.5 or Easy-Side-of-Moderate 7.3 Mile Sneaker Hike

    $5.00

    U.S. National Arboretum: Hiker's Choice of Either An Easy Sneaker Hike of 3.5 Miles OR a Moderate 7.3 Total Miles (Metro Friendly) Join Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group for this sneaker hike and see the area's most botanically diverse hiking venue! Both distance options offer all provided pace options for everyone to be able to enjoy the magnificent biodiversity that this fantastic location offers. Our route consists of two rather wiggly loops totaling 7.3 miles. We will begin with the flatter of the two, the 3.7-mile loop, and finish with a 3.6-mile loop (the second loop is only more challenging due to one rather long albeit not steep hill). Neither of the two loops is very hilly, and the pace will be one meant for us to take our time enjoying the sights and is not about speed. Because this varies significantly, we will offer both a social and a moderate hike pace. Please note that there will not be a fast, or "Justin pace" option for this hike (wouldn't have time to stop and smell the -- well any of it-grin.) After the first loop, we visit the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. It just so happens that the intersection of the "figure 8" is very near where we park and also near the Bonsai exhibit, making this a fantastic hike for having the two distance options. Year-Round Interest Asian Valley in the Asian Collections, Friendship Garden, National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, National Boxwood Collection, Gotelli Dwarf and Slow-Growing Conifer Collection, Knot Garden in the National Herb Garden, Morrison Garden in the Azalea Collections, Holly and Magnolia Collections. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Washington Distance: 7.3 total miles broken up into two loops to form a large figure 8 so that there is something for everyone. The first loop is 3.6 miles and the second loop is 3.7 miles. Both loops start from the middle (intersecting parts) of the large figure 8, so it is as convenient as it gets because both loops start right where we park! Also, we are sure to visit the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the halfway point which is between the two loops. No matter which distance you join us for, you will get to experience the magnificent Bonsai display. Difficulty: Easy-Moderate depending on whether you go on the 3.6-mile or the entire 7.3-mile loop only due to distance with one long hill on the second loop. Scenery: Woodlands, open spaces, exotic plants, and odd structures Trail Surface: Mostly paved; some dirt, gravel, concrete, grass, mulch Hiking Time: Varies by the pace you hike with but about 4-6 hours (allowing for lingering to take in the sights) Facilities: Toilets, water at administration building; toilets at Arbor House and (warm weather months only) near National Grove of State Trees and in Asian Collections. Configuration: Modified Loop Trail Type: Loop Season: Year-round Local Maps: USGS Washington East 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 Options We break down into groups based on pace. We allow for larger groups than normal for particular hike due to the venue being built for larger capacity by design. The way it is laid out lends itself to larger groups without the feeling of "mob" hiking. Additionally, we offer an option of hike paces which allows you to be put together with those of a similar pace and hike which one is most comfortable for you. ALL paces stop to enjoy the sights as they are the main reason for the timing of this special fall event. Pace Option 1: A "walk in the woods" or "social" pace which is ideal for those who want to soak up nature and transitioning to longer hikes and will be about[masked]mph. This speed is considered just a little bit faster than a walk but not be a stroll. We will be wandering around the gardens as a group and taking in what nature has to offer. If you do not like stopping to take in the sights, then this might not be the hike for you. Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about[masked] mph (most standard hiker pace). Used in most hike books as a rule of thumb for calculating hike time. 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. 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 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/national-arboretum.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike (METRO Directions Included) Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m. The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station — 7:45 a.m. Carpool Time from Annapolis Area — 8:00 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (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. Toby:[masked] • Please Click Here (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/) and Chip-In to help serve 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 Natl Hist Park: Billy Goat B & C! A Mod 6 Miles w/ Some Rock Scrambles

    C&O Canal National Historical Park: Billy Goat ‘B’ and 'C' with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 6 Miles

    $5.00

    C&O Canal National Historical Park: Great Falls and Billy Goat Sections ‘B’ and ‘C’! A Moderate 6.5-Mile Hike with Rock Scrambles This version of the Billy Goat trail hikes is ideal for those looking for the great views along with some rock scrambling -- but don't care much for the heights involved with the other section! Understandably, Billy Goat Section 'A' can be overwhelmingly high up there for some of us. This hike option provides a way for you to come on out and join in the fun times and also enjoy a great side benefit of being on a less crowded and lesser known about trail segment of the Billy Goat trails -- albeit being just as much fun and also having some adventurous scrambling to boot for a win-win for all! This hike contains some rock scrambling so come on out and climb some of the boulders with us for a ton of fun! Billy Goat Section 'C' has rock scrambles while the trail 'B' is the most scenic trail out of the three Billy Goat sections and provides breathtaking views of the river and all of its majesty. What is rock scrambling you might ask? Anytime you have to use your hands to get over rocks or steep parts; we call it rock scrambling, and there is a little of that on this short hike. No special gear is necessary for scrambling and the scramble is only a portion of the hike!! Neither Billy Goat 'C' nor 'B' sections are traveled anywhere near as much as the 'A' section. Although the overall rating for this hike is “moderate,” it is mostly easy, relatively flat hiking. The increase in the rating comes from several rock scrambles that have to be negotiated. Parts of the trail can be quite rocky and, after periods of heavy rain, other sections can be muddy. Good hiking boots are recommended for this hike. Unlike the 'A' section, dogs are allowed on the 'C' and 'B' sections. Make sure he is trail worthy. He’ll have to do the same rock scrambles as you do so keep that in mind. What is Rock Scrambling? What is rock scrambling you might ask? Anytime you have to use your hands to get over rocks or steep parts, we call it rock scrambling and it rocks (pun intended-grin) Please note that this is not rock climbing and no special gear is necessary for scrambling. Additionally, the scramble is only a portion of the hike. Please contact the leader(s) or myself, with any questions for this hike at the numbers below with any questions or concerns you might have as that is part of what we are here for. Remember there was a first time each of us, so if you are up to the challenge, we welcome you to RSVP and look forward to seeing you there for this adventure! What are the Billy Goat Trails and What is the Difference Between the Sections (‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’’)? The Billy Goat Trails have been popular with hikers since the mid-1800s. Comprised of three separate trails, all accessible from the towpath, and designated as Sections “A”, “B”, and “C”, the Billy Goat Trails offer beautiful views of the Potomac River. Please choose the appropriate trail by its difficulty level as we offer Billy Goat Trail hikes frequently and are sure to mix and match the three sections (our hikes vary from offering only one or all the sections) so there is a Billy Goat combination for everyone! Section “A” (NOT Part on Todays Hike - Included for Informational Purposes) is strenuous and involves a lot of rock scrambling and the need for good balance. With its difficult terrain, the 1.7-mile hike, while short, is much more challenging than other trails of the same distance. Hikers in less than optimal health or those not experienced or properly outfitted, should consider other trail hiking options. NOTE: Dogs are NOT permitted in this area (section A) of Billy Goat trail. Section “B” (This Section is Part of Todays Hike Plan) is a moderate hike. Located just downstream from section ‘A’, and is located in the Marsden Tract area. Section “B” contains fewer and smaller rock scrambles and provides a quieter atmosphere than section “A”. NOTE: Dogs ARE permitted in this area (section B) of Billy Goat trail. Section “C” (This Section is Part of Todays Hike Plan) is more like a “regular” hike in our area. Although there are still a few rock outcroppings, most of the trail is wooded (a great section for when it is hotter outside). It is located just downstream from “A” and “B”, in the Carderock area of the park. NOTE: Dogs ARE permitted in this area (section C) of Billy Goat trail. Trail Information Nearby City: Potomac, MD Scenery: Mather Gorge and Great Falls from the Maryland Side Distance: About a 6-mile round trip including the jaunt on the towpath in one of its most beautiful stretches. Elevation Gain: 200 ft (although there is not a lot of elevation gain on this route, a portion of this hike requires some bouldering and as a result, the "perceived effort" can seem more difficult) Difficulty: Easy to Moderate due to scramble Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots since there is some rock scrambling, but not as much as Billy Goat 'A'. Hike Type: Dumbbell Circuit 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/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 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. 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://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gfp---carderock-3.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m. The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:15 a.m. Carpool Time from Annapolis — 8:00 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (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! Greg:[masked] • Click Here to Chip In Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group inServing 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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  • Little Bennett Park! Moderate to Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 12-Mile Transition Hike

    Little Bennett Regional Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate to Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 12 Miles

    $5.00

    Hike in the Very Biodiverse Little Bennett Regional Park! A Moderate to Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 12-Mile Hike with Optional Post Hike Meal This hike is only 20 miles from D.C. and about a 50-minute drive from Baltimore so is most convenient for more than two-thirds of our members! Just a little northwest of Washington, Little Bennett Regional Park is a superlative hiking venue. It’s Montgomery County’s largest park, covering almost 3,650 acres (a small piece also juts into Frederick County). A park since 1975, it has the county’s largest expanse of continuous woodland, splendid scenery, much wildlife, a trail network, and few human users. This hike is a challenging 12-mile grand tour, with about 4,000 feet of elevation change. The mostly dirt trails are unblazed but we know the way by heart. Those west of Little Bennett Creek are quite well signposted and in good shape. Most of these trails are off-limits to bikers and horse riders. Those in the more rugged eastern area are twice as hilly (says my altimeter) and not as well signposted but no worries as we have it on our GPSs and know the way well. The trails in this section..well they’re muddy, thanks to equine hooves in parts after a rain although most sections do not allow horses, but a few areas do. But don’t be deterred. Mud washes off, and my irreverent eye sees a purpose in liquidity: fewer whizzing bikers making this a very secluded hike which is hard to find this close to civilization! Yes, good can come of brook water and mud. Transition Hike! This is an awesome transition hike for those interested in moving from moderate to strenuous hiking without having to drive hours out to the mountains to see if you are ready for it! It is not too long, but at 12 miles it certainly is not short. It also has plenty of rolling hills to help develop your hiking legs and about 4000 feet of elevation change! Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Frederick Trail Traffic: Usually very light; light at its heaviest! Trail surface: Mostly dirt, plus some gravel, grass, pine needles; rocky, rooty, muddy in places Scenery: Wooded hills, meadow vistas, stream valleys. Exposer: Shady, Less so in winter Length of Hike: 12 total miles Elevation Change: ~4000 ft of total elevation change Elevation Gain: Minimal and only about 450 feet Trail Type: Modified Loop Skill Level: Between Moderate and Easy-Side-of-Strenuous (Excellent for transitioning from moderate to strenuous hiking) Facilities: None at trailhead; phone at Hawks Reach Activity Center, roadside toilets, water, phone near campground's loop C; toilets on Purdum Trail. Simply put, we pass bathrooms once close to the halfway point of this 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 (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USMD0093) to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking! 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. 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://midatlantichikinggroup.org/little-bennett---kingsley.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m. The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 7:30 a.m. 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 -- But Please Make Certain They Are Up to The Distance! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! Justin:[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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  • Saint Mary’s River State Park: A Hidden Gem! A Moderate 8-Mile Hike

    St. Mary’s River State Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 7.5 Miles

    $5.00

    Saint Mary’s River State Park: Hidden Gem! Moderate 8 Miles "Situated at the northern end of the St. Mary's River watershed, the park shows a wide range of habitats, from wooded acres and fields to swamps and small streams. With such a diversity, you can also find many different types of plant and animal species." From the park's home page Boasting more than 8 miles of pristine trails, St. Mary's Lake is a fantastic destination. Southern Maryland does not usually conjure up images of great hiking destinations. However, near Lexington Park, north of St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, is a small treasure not too many hikers know about -- St. Mary's River State Park. St. Mary's River State Park is a park that is not well known, but a real treasure. The park is located on the headwaters of the St. Mary's River, and is divided into two sites. This 8-mile trail encircles the 250 acre St. Mary's Lake. Prior to the landing of England's colonists and as far back as 3,000 years ago, several Indian tribes, including the Piscataway-Conoy, Algonquins, and Susquehanocks, called this area home. Evidence of their existence can still be found along the banks of the river in the form of arrowheads, pottery, and ax heads. The hike's lack of serious elevation change makes this trail ideal for those new to hiking. A more advanced hiker should not be discouraged, however, due to the great biodiversity. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Lexington Park Length: 8 total miles Natural Features: Beautiful scenery around the lake. Take notice of the variety of habitats, ranging from wooded acres and grassy fields, to swamps and streams. Historic/Cultural Features: There are some 18th century homes, school and sawmill sites along the trail. Elevation Gain: 150 feet Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Easy to moderate with flat, winding trails. Season: Open sunrise to sunset daily Trailhead Elevation: 80 feet Top Elevation: 100 feet Topo Map: Saint Mary's River State Park Topographic Map Hike Pace This hike will be led at a moderate pace of about 2.5 - 3.0 mph. This is the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. Park Fee The day use service charge is $3/vehicle year-round. Out-of-state residents add $2. Carpool Information Baltimore Area Carpool To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. Northern Virginia Area Carpool To carpool or caravan from the Northern Virginia area, meet at Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Station in the north side parking lot. Click Here for directions to the Vienna/Fairfax metro (http://www.midatlantichiking.com/pages/Directions_to_Vienna-Fairfax_Metro_Station/). Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. If you can drive or want to carpool from an additional location, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (https://midatlantichikinggroup.org/saint-marys-river-state-park.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:15-8:25 a.m. 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 ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Leashed FIDO is Welcome On This Hike! Christa:[masked]

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  • Thurs. After Work DC Urban Hike: West Area of Capitol Hill! An Easy 4 Mi (06/20)

    Hike DC Series: Hike 01: L’Enfant’s City (Capitol Hill-West) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 4 Miles

    $3.00
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