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exploration hike: Hashawha Environmental Center Carrol County MD

  • Dec 2, 2012 · 10:30 AM

Taken from the website "midatlantic hikes"
Description: The term Hashawha is Native American for “Old Fields”. This is a very apt term although there is also a fair amount of mature second growth timber in this 340 acre Environmental Education Center. Besides being the home to Carroll County’s Outdoor School for sixth graders it offers the superb Bear Branch Nature Center with live exhibits, The Raptors' Mews, protecting injured specimens of Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Horned, Barred and Screech Owls, Eastern Kestrels and, I believe, a Sharp Shinned Hawk. As if that wasn’t enough, approximately 6 miles of well marked trails await you. The trail system is laid out as an interconnecting series of loops allowing the hiker, mountain biker or cross country skier to customize their outing. The system interconnects with even more trails in the adjoining Union Mills Homestead. Described here is a 4.3 mile perimeter hike. For the most part the terrain is relatively rolling although there is one steep but short climb along the way.

The website has a link to a googlemaps route finder- use that link, and input your starting address to determine your travel route/times. I'lls ee you at the trailhead.

Lunch, afterwards, is always a possibility. I don't know the area up there, but we can always ask Mr GPS for lunch suggestions.

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  • Deb W

    Fun Hike and Brunch Afterwards!

    December 2, 2012

  • patricia r.

    I will have to bow out this morning. I'm disappointed b/c I really enjoy Hashawa. I look forward to your next meet and to meeting everyone then.

    December 2, 2012

  • Deb W

    Hey Dominic are you bringing your dog?

    December 1, 2012

  • Dominic F.

    Crosspoisted with "Hiking Around Baltimore". There is a link to a map for the parking area by thenature center on their webposting, located here:

    See you all Sunday.

    November 27, 2012

  • Brett

    Gary and Dell's is pretty good (and probably the only crab house / thai restaurant combination in the world), but make sure they'll be open. Also, have faith when you walk in -- the food is better than the atmosphere. Another option is Papa Joe's in Westminster (mostly for the Torta Cubana sandwich. Just order it -- don't read the description).

    If you have a GPS that you can plug some of this information into, I recommend it. There are many many cris-crossing trails, most are unblazed, and the rest are all blazed yellow (which doesn't really help). The park is really nice, but worth the prep work.

    Also, these maps give an idea of where the fields / forests are:

    Have a good hike.

    November 20, 2012

  • Dominic F.

    looks like this is the nearest food option. Decent online reviews (as always, several grains of salt), and they appear to have non-shellfish food offerings as well. ▼Gary & Dell's Crab Housemore infoAddress:‎
    2820 Littlestown PikeWestminster, MD 21158

    November 19, 2012

  • Gay P.

    Would love to come but might have to work.

    November 19, 2012

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