Maryland State Park First Day Hikes 1/1/2018

 

Assateague State Park First Day Hike

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Ilia Fehrer / Judy Johnson Memorial Beach Walk
Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Assateague State Park concession building
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families of all ages. Opportunities available for self-guided hike or group hike along the beach toward the north end of the island.
Length of Trail: One mile round trip
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking. Hot chocolate will be served on the concession deck following the walk. To save on disposables, please bring a mug for your hot chocolate.
Additional Information:Join us as we celebrate the beauty of Assateague Island. The first Assateague Beach Walk was held on January 1, 1970. The newly formed Committee to Preserve Assateague Island hosted the inaugural event to draw attention to Assateague’s wild beauty. The committee was created by Ilia Fehrer, Judy Johnson and a few friends who had organized to rally against early plans for development of Assateague Island, which included a 25-mile highway and a number of commercial enterprises, and the Ocean Beach resort, much like Ocean City. A series of 1962 nor-easters interrupted construction, and eventually National and State Parks were established. The committee became the  organization, Assateague Coastal Trust, who along with Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park sponsor the New Year’s Day walk each year. Dogs on a leash are welcome only as far as the boundary of the State Park (to the north of the boundary, dogs are not permitted).

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Calvert Cliffs State Park First Day Hike
Fossil Hike

Time of Event: 10 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the park's parking lot
Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families.
Length of Trail: 3.6 miles round trip
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Call Calvert Cliffs State Park at 443-975-4360 for information
Additional Information: Join park staff for a family friendly hike down the Red Trail to the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about the geologic history of the park along the way, and search for fossils with the help of park staff upon reaching the beach. The trail is relatively flat, and stroller accessible. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Warm up with hot beverages around a fire at the pavilion following the hike.

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Cedarville State Forest First Day Hike
A Winter Hike in the Forest

Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the park's headquarters office parking lot on Bee Oak Road.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families.
Minimum Age for Children: Age 5, all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Length of Trail: Three miles on the Orange Trail. Hike will last approximately 1.5 hours. 
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking. Dogs on a leash are welcome.
RSVP: Call Cedarville State Forest at 301-888-1410 for information
Additional Information: Join the Friends of Cedarville State Forest on a steady winter hike in the forest and make a fresh start in the new year.

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Chapman State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 11 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the grass parking lot by Mt. Aventine Mansion (3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head MD 20640)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families.
Minimum Age for Children: Age 5, all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Length of Trail: Approximately 2 miles round trip
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Call Chapman State Park at 301-743-7613 for information
Additional Information: Enjoy a journey through time as Park Rangers take you on a hike through our coastal woodlands. This trail is "unimproved," so it's neither wheelchair accessible nor stroller friendly. Pets on a leash are welcome. After the hike, stop back at Mt. Aventine for coffee, donuts and a tour of the mansion.

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Cunningham Falls State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 11 a.m.
Meeting Location: Cunningham Falls State Park Manor Area Visitor Center - 6709 Cunningham Falls Park Road, Thurmont MD 21788
Degree of Difficulty: Difficult hike, and not for beginners
Length of Trail: 3 miles
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Cunningham Falls State Park at 301-271-7574 for information.
Additional Information: Join fellow hikers for an invigorating hike up to the scenic Bob's Hill Overlook. This is a self-guided hike that should last approximately 2.5 hours. The hike will start with a welcome from a park ranger, and then hikers will proceed on a self-guided adventure. This trail is not stroller friendly or wheelchair accessible. This hike is pet-friendly provided pets are kept on a leash at all times.

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Dans Mountain State Park First Day Hike
Community Heritage on the Mountain

Time of Event: 11 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at Hill Run Pavilion on Water Station Run Road
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike for families.
Length of Trail: 1 mile
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Call Dans Mountain State Park at 301-895-5453 for information
Additional Information: A ranger will lead hikers along the 1 mile Dye School Trail, showcasing the natural and cultural history of the park. The route will steadily climb 200 feet to the Dye School foundation, and will then loop downhill for the second half of the hike. The hike will take less than one hour to complete, and will conclude with hot cocoa and a warm fire at the pavilion. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

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Deep Creek Lake State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 10 a.m.
Meeting Location: Discovery Center
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike
Length of Trail: 2.5 miles
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Deep Creek Lake State Park at 301-387-5563 for information.
Additional Information: Join fellow hikers and discover Deep Creek Lake State Park in winter. This 2.5 mile hike on the new Bechman's Trail is great for all ages. After the hike, stop back at the Discovery Center for a complimentary cup of hot chocolate.

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Elk Neck State Park First Day Hike
Under the Frost!

Time of Event: 1 to 3 p.m.
Meeting Location: Park Store in the Elk River Campground (4395 Turkey Point Road, North East MD)
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike for families
Length of Trail: Approximately 1.5 miles
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Elk Neck State Park at 410-287-5333 to register. Or contact Michael Hyde at michael.hyde@maryland.gov
Additional Information: Ring in the New Year by breaking in your hiking boots! Join a Ranger on an invigorating one and a half mile trek on the Wapiti Pond Trail, learning more about the winter behaviors of Elk Neck’s critters along the way. This hike is not stroller friendly. Donations welcomed!

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Fair Hill NRMA First Day Hike

Time of Event: 11 a.m. - Hike may cover some rocky and steep terrain
Meeting Location:
North Appleton Parking Lot (2941 Appleton Road, Elkton MD 21921)
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate to difficult hike for families
Length of Trail:
5 miles round trip
Things to bring:
 Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP:
 Families are encouraged to call Fair Hill NRMA at 410-398-1246 to register.
Additional Information: Join ranger staff on an invigorating five mile hike through open fields, woodlands, and the scenic Big Elk Creek. Participants can enjoy warmth and camaraderie halfway through our journey with a toasty campfire. Pets on a leash are welcome. Route not suitable for strollers.

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Fort Frederick State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Fort Frederick State Park Picnic Area
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families
Length of Trail: Approximately 1 mile
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Fort Frederick State Park at 301-842-2155 to register
Additional Information: This hike will feature brief stops along the Plantation Trail. This trail was established between 1925 and 1942 as a kind of demonstration area. The purpose was to examine the adaptability of certain tree species to the climate of Western Maryland. The trees were planted by the Daughters of the American Revolution. This trail is not stroller friendly. Pets on a leash are welcome.

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Gambrill State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 4 p.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Gambrill State Park High Knob Area Nature Center (8448 High Knob Road, Frederick MD 21702)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike
Length of Trail: 1 mile
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking, and a camera (optional).
RSVP: Reservations are recommended. Call Gambrill State Park at 301-271-7574
Additional Information: Join a park ranger for a one-mile round-trip hike along the park's Green and Black Locust Trails in the High Knob Area. This easy hike follows the ridge to three beautiful overlooks. Take advantage of the rare chance to view the valley at sunset. The trail is not stroller accessible and not appropriate for adults carrying children in backpacks due to hazards. Bring a flashlight.

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Greenbrier State Park First Day Hike
A Winter Hike Around the Lake

Time of Event: Self-guided hike from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., ranger led-hike at 11 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Greenbrier Visitor Center
Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike
Length of Trail: Approximately 1.5 miles
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking, and a camera (optional).
RSVP: Reservations are recommended. Call Greenbrier State Park at 301-791-4767
Additional Information: There will be a self-guided hike from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. which will take you around the lake. There will also be a ranger-led hike around the lake at 11 a.m. For a stroller friendly experience or a walk on a level surface, there is also a self-guided "measured mile" that is available starting at the visitor center. Pets on a leash are welcome. Large groups will be directed to the self-guided hike.

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Gunpowder Falls State Park First Day Hike - Jerusalem Mill

Time of Event: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Historic Jerusalem Mill Village (2813 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville MD 21087) in front of the Blacksmith Shop, directly across from the gristmill
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families
Length of Trail: Approximately 1.75 miles
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Famiies are encouraged to call Gunpowder Falls State Park at 410-592-2897 to register
Additional Information: The Friends of Jerusalem Mill will lead hikers along the Little Gunpowder Falls. The hike will cover some wet or uneven terrain. Meet at the Blacksmith Shop in Jerusalem for refreshments before the hike. Pets on a leash are welcome.

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Gunpowder Falls State Park First Day Hike - Big Gunpowder Parking Lot

Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: The Big Gunpowder parking lot (11159 Belair Road, Kingsville, MD 21087)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families
Length of Trail: Approximately 2.5 miles
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Famiies are encouraged to call Gunpowder Falls State Park at 410-592-2897 to register
Additional Information: The Maryland Conservation Corps crew members will lead this hike down the Lost Pond Trail. Bring binoculars for bird watching and other wildlife viewing opportunities. The hike will lead participants to the scenic overlook of the Pot Rocks area, a beautiful water feature located on the Big Gunpowder Falls. Pets on a leash are welcome. This hike is not stroller friendly.

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 10 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the main parking lot
Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families.
Length of Trail: Approximately 1.5 miles
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Registration is required and on a first come, first serve basis. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park . Please e-mail Ranger Angela Crenshaw (angela.crenshaw@maryland.gov) to register and for information
Additional Information: Join park staff for a hike on the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge's Wildlife Drive along the Blackwater River. After the hike explore the Visitor Center with a ranger-led tour. Hikers will learn about the importance of faith, family, community, and the landscape in shaping young Harriet Tubman. Hikers can also become Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Junior Rangers. The wildlife drive is flat and paved. Dogs are not permitted in the refuge. The Visitor Center will be open after the hike and hot cocoa and light snacks will be served.

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Herrington Manor State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Herrington Manor Ranger Station (222 Herrington Lane, Oakland MD 21550)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families.
Length of Trail: Approximately 1 mile
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Call Herrington Manor State Park at 301-334-9180 for information
Additional Information: A ranger will lead hikers along the Yellow Trail, showcasing the natural and cultural history of the park. The route will pass the old Herrington Manor house foundation, and will loop through an old pine plantation passing an old private cemetery, the second largest red oak tree in Garrett County and end back at the ranger station. The hike is not stroller friendly.

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Janes Island State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 9 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the camper registration parking lot
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families.
Length of Trail: Approximately 2 miles
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Call Janes Island State Park at 410-968-1565 for information
Additional Information: Bring your whole family and join a ranger for a 2-mile hike along Dougherty Creek Canal, around the park boundary and throughout the forested fire trails in the interior of the park. This hike traverses a flat grassy path, suitable for some strollers, as well as some paved roads. Hikers can view wildlife including a variety of waterfowl, as well as local vegetation. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

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Martinak State Park First Day Hike
Happy Hound Hike

Time of Event: 2 p.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Martinak Park Office just beyond park entrance
Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike
Length of Trail: 1 mile
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking, and a camera (optional).
RSVP: Reservations are recommended. Call Martinak State Park at 410-820-1668
Additional Information: Grab your pup and head over to Martinak State Park for a one mile round trip hike. Follow it up with warm beverages and treats for both the two and four-legged participants. Trail is stroller accessible. Pets must be on a leash.

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Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary First Day Hike
Pups in the Park

Time of Event: 10 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary visitor center
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families.
Length of Trail: 3.5 miles; hike will last approximately 2 hours
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Call Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary at 301-888-1377 for information
Additional Information: Join park staff for a 3.5 mile hike on Poplar Springs Trail with your four-legged friends. The trail will take you through the forests of Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, passing by our award winning poplar tree. Afterwards, refreshments will be served at the visitor center where you are welcome to stop in, learn about the history of the park, and meet some of our resident animals. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

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New Germany State Park First Day Hike
Community Heritage at New Germany

Time of Event: 3 p.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at New Germany Lake House (403 McAndrews Hill Road)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families.
Length of Trail: Approximately 1 mile
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Call New Germany State Park at 301-895-5453 for information
Additional Information: During this easy winter hike, a ranger will talk about the history of New Germany as a 19th-century industrial community, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp and a state park. The hike will conclude with a warm fire and hot cocoa at the Lake House. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

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North Point State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 9 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at A parking lot, located just beyond the Contact Station (8400 North Point Road, Edgemere MD 21219)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families.
Length of Trail: Approximately 2 miles
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Call North Point State Park at 410-592-2987 for information
Additional Information: The Maryland Conservation Corps crew members will be leading this hike down the scenic Black Marsh Trail. Bring binoculars for bird watching and other wildlife viewing opportunities. History buffs will also enjoy learning about the historic Bay Shore Amusement Park and even seeing the 1900's trolley car powerhouse. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy at the picnic area overlooking the Chesapeake Bay after the hike. Pets on a leash are welcome. This hike is not stroller friendly.

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Patapsco Valley State Park First Day Hike
Become a Patapsco Local

Time of Event: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Meeting Location: Orange Grove parking lot - accessed through the Avalon entrance at 5120 South Street, Halethorpe MD 21227 
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate to dfficult hike
Length of Trail: Approximately 2 miles
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Patapsco Valley State Park at 410-461-5005 to register 
Additional Information: Join park staff on a 2-mile, moderately difficult, scenic hike filled with fun facts about nature and the history of the area. Enjoy alluring cascading waterfalls and dazzling winter hills and valleys.

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Patapsco Valley State Park First Day Hike
McKeldin Hike

Time of Event: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Meeting Location: McKeldin Area - meet at first parking lot after the ranger station
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike
Length of Trail: Approximately 2 miles
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Patapsco Valley State Park at 410-461-5005 or 443-721-1604 to register 
Additional Information: Start your year off with a 2-mile hike along the Switchback Trail at McKeldin. Pets on a leash are welcome.

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Patuxent River State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 2 p.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at 23222 Georgia Avenue, Brookeville MD 20833
Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for families.
Length of Trail: 1.5 miles round trip
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Call Patuxent River State Park at 301-924-2127 for information
Additional Information: Join staff and volunteers for an easy hike traversing the newly refurbished Flowing Free Trail. The trail explores several different habitats, including meadow, hardwood forest, replanted pine forest, and river bottom. Pets on a leash are welcome. There are no restroom facilities at this location. Hike is not stroller friendly.

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Pocomoke River State Park First Day Hike
Trail of Change Hike

Time of Event: 10 a.m.
Meeting Location: Shad Landing Marina parking lot, 3461 Worcester Highway, Snow Hill, MD
Degree of Difficulty: Easy hike for all ages
Length of Trail: 1 mile
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Pocomoke River State Park at 410-632-2566 to register 
Additional Information: Bundle up and join park rangers as we start the New Year on the right foot with an easy hike. Explore the Trail of Change and the wonders of the bald cypress swamp along the scenic Pocomoke River. You may encounter a bald eagle as they winter here in large numbers. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Warm up with hot cocoa after the hike in the Camp Store dining area.

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Rocks State Park First Day Hike
Winter Waterfall

Time of Event: 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Location: Falling Branch parking area - 1026 Falling Branch Road, Pylesville MD 21132
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families.
Length of Trail: 1 mile round trip
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Call Rocks State Park at 410-557-7994 for information
Additional Information: Hike to the gorgeous Kilgore Falls in winter - possibly the best time to visit. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

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Rocky Gap State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event:1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Rocky Gap State Park Hawks Nest Cafe concessions building
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike for families
Length of Trail:Approximately 2 mile loop
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Rocky Gap State Park at 301-722-1480 to register
Additional Information: Rocky Gap State Park's Healthy Parks, Healthy People program has a First Day Hike planned that showcases our rich heritage and celebrates communities past, present and future. Learn how life may have been different for residents in Pleasant Valley. The park manager and assistant manager will lead participants by culturally significant locations, all while enjoying lakeside scenery and keeping a comfortable pace that meets your New Year's wellness goals. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided after the hike.

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Sandy Point State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event:10 a.m.
Meeting Location: Sandy Point Maintenance Complex
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike for families
Length of Trail:Approximately 3-4 miles
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Sandy Point State Park at 410-974-2149 to register
Additional Information: Explore the beauty of some of Anne Arundel County's champion trees at the Corcoran Woods Environmental Study Area. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Paths are not suitable for strollers. From Route 50 instead of bearing to the right to enter the park, continue to Stop sign, continue straight across, second building on the left side is the maintenance complex.

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Seneca Creek State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event:Two departures at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Blue Jay and Nuthatch Pavilion area (follow the signs)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate for all ages
Length of Trail: 2.5 miles round trip
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Seneca Creek State Park at 301-924-2127 to register
Additional Information: Join the rangers for a hike traversing several areas of the park. The hike will follow a portion of the Long Draught and Mink Hollow Trails to view wildlife habitat, as well as a portion of the Lake Shore Trail for fantastic photo opportunities. If interested in a longer hike, participants can take a less than 1 mile detour to view the new Wetlands Nature Trail. For an approximately 1.5 mile round-trip hike, participants can walk directly to the wetlands and back. Warm up with hot cocoa and s'mores around a fire at the Nuthatch Pavilion after the hike. Pets on a leash are welcome. Trails are not stroller assessible.

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Soldiers Delight NEA First Day Hike
Sunrise Hike

Time of Event:7 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet Soldiers Delight Visitor Center, located at 5100 Deer Park Road, Owings Mills MD 21117
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for all ages
Length of Trail: 2 miles. Hike will last approximately 1 hour
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Soldiers Delight at 410-922-3044 to register
Additional Information:Enjoy the first sunrise of the 2018 New Year, followed by an hour-long hike on the Choate Mine Trail. The hike will include views of an old chromium mine, and the endangered serpentine barren ecosystem. This is an SDCI sponosored event.

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South Mountain State Battlefield First Day Hike
Following the Footsteps of Civil War Soldiers

Time of Event: 1 p.m.
Meeting Location: Appalachian Trail Parking Lot adjacent to the Old South Mountain Inn (6132 Old National Pike, Boonsboro MD 21713)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for all ages
Length of Trail: 2 miles round trip
Things to bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking, and a camera (optional).
RSVP: Reservations are recommended. Call Greenbrier State Park at 301-791-4767
Additional Information: Join a park ranger for a guided hike through history. Learn about important and stirring events from the Battle of South Mountain, while you hike along a road used by thousands of soldiers during the September 14, 1862 battle. The guided hike begins at Turner's Gap and ends of Fox's Gap. Participants will have the option to spend additional time exploring Fox's Gap and hike back to the parking area on their own. Pets on a leash are welcome. There are no restroom facilities at this location. The hike is not stroller friendly.

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St. Mary's River State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event:10 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the park's parking lot
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for all ages
Length of Trail: 2 miles round trip
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call St. Mary's River State Park staff  at 301-872-5688 to register
Additional Information:Join a ranger on an invigorating two mile trek on the main trail around the lake. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Participants that wish to extend their hike can continue the 7.5 mile loop around the lake.

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Susquehanna State Park First Day Hike
Explore the Greenway

Time of Event: 11 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at Fisherman's Park below the Conowingo Dam (2569 Shures Landing Road, Darlington, MD 21034)
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate hike for families.
Length of Trail: 2 miles round trip
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine), and bring water for drinking.
RSVP: Call Susquehanna State Park at 410-557-7994 for information
Additional Information: Join a park ranger and see fantastic views of the Susquehanna River in winter. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

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Tuckahoe State Park First Day Hike

Time of Event: 11 a.m.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Tuckahoe Park Office on Eveland Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy to moderate hike for families
Length of Trail: 2 miles with longer option based on hiker preference
Things to Bring: Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather (rain, snow, cold), and bring drinking water.
RSVP: Families are encouraged to call Tuckahoe State Park at 410-820-1668 to register 
Additional Information: Join a park ranger for a two-plus mile round trip hike along the park's Office Trail and follow it up with an up-close-and-personal introduction to some of our Scales & Tales birds of prey. Stick around for hot chocolate and snacks to warm up. Trail is stroller accessible.

 

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