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American Chestnut Land Trust - North Tract Area Trails! A Moderate 3 or 7 Miles

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Feb 10 10:00AM - 11:00AM

American Chestnut Land Trust Featuring the North Tract Area Trails! A Very Versatile andBiodiverse Hike with Your Choice ofAnEasy Side of Moderate 3-Mile or A Moderate 7-Mile Hike

The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is a local land trust located in Calvert County, Maryland, an hour's drive from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is named for a tree. Unfortunately, the American Chestnut tree succumbed to the Chestnut Blight,a disease introduced in 1900. Within a span of only 40 years, the blight moved down the Appalachian Mountains, destroying a climax forest that had stood for thousands of years. American chestnut trees are often the standing white trunks, bare of any bark, ghostly white, like tree skeletons amid an otherwise healthy forest. Upland farms on both sides of Parkers Creek protect what is consider the only pristine marsh on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Note to Members

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is an Active and Supporting Member ofThe American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) whosecharged withprotecting the most pristine watershed on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The land trustprotects 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 acomprehensiveland management program establishedto manage all of the lands, structures, and waters for which they are responsible in an environmentally sustainable manner to protect the natural and cultural resources of the Parkers Creek and Governor's Run watersheds for the benefit of this and future generations.

On the Northern area of the Land Trust, we will be experiencing Parkers Creek firsthand. In this area, both the Swamp Trail (3 miles) and Parkers Creek Loops (4.1 miles) areroutes that descend to overlook the beautiful stream. At the junction of Old Parkers Creek Road, where a bridge once spanned the creek, it is possible to sit, in the closing hours of the day, and wait for the loud slap sound of a beaver trail. The forest floor bursts with Mayapple in spring along with rather large specimens of jack-in-the-pulpit. The handful of small tributaries crossed on Parkers Creek Trail show the broad leaves of three typical freshwater marshes: arrow arum, spatterdock, and pickerelweed.

The landscape and hiking trails here are a real marvel of private initiative on the part of the American Chestnut Land Trust.

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Prince Frederick, MD
Length: Your choiceof:Swamp Trail, 3.0 Miles (Lots of short/rolling, but rather steep hills that are short in duration); or adding on the Parkers Creek Loop for an additional 4.1 Miles (on the easier side and less hilly than Swamp Trail) for a total mileage of 7.1 total miles.
Elevation Gain: Vertical gain is 282 feet, and vertical loss is 449 feet.
Skill Level: Of either trail, the Swamp Trail features terrain that is steeper but even these are of short duration.
Trail Surface: Natural surface dirt packed

Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.

Gear Suggestions
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for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine.Click Hereto viewthe forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Hike Pace
The goal for this hike is to maintain anaveragemoving 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 tooffer 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
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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 Herefor directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggestedSavage Station location.

DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at theCentreville Park and Ride.Click Herefor 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 place, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and thoselooking for a ride, in the comment section below.Click Here for a listof 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
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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 8:15 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicinggoodhike etiquetteandLeave No Traceprinciples. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members whovolunteeras 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 theexcellent 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'smission.Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is avolunteer supportedtax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization,anddonations ARE tax deductible.Tax ID:[masked].

AWell-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Lets have fun out on the trails and see you there!

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