Winter Solstice Walk

posted Nov 22, 2011, 11:51 AM by Marty Nielsen

Sunday December 18, 2011

Chapman Forest, Charles County, MD

10:00am - 3:00pm

The old-age section of Chapman Forest is always a great place to celebrate the winter season and see a remarkable diversity of native trees and spectacular scenery.  This year, we will mainly walk the highland areas above the deep ravines and bluffs along the Potomac River from the section near Glymont to historic Mount Aventine.  This section of the park is a fascinating and regionally unique meeting ground for plants with a primary range in the inner piedmont and mountains and those of the coastal plain.  Along the way we will see many species of oaks, including ancient pagoda, chinquapin, and northern red oaks, ancient beech, 3 hickory species, 2 hackberry species, the National Champion basswood, slippery elm, white ash, ancient sassafras, Virginia hop-hornbeam, bladdernut, and many others.  We should also see a variety of birds such as red-headed woodpecker, yellow-bellied sapsucker, hermit thrush, wood duck, and bald eagle.


Bring: Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch or snacks and water.  Most of the walk traverses rolling, fairly open forest along trails, though some steep grades will occasionally be encountered.


Directions: Take Indian Head Highway (Rt. 210) south from Capital Beltway (495).  Proceed south on Rt. 210 for app. 15 miles.  Continue on Rt. 210 past the Rt. 227 intersection at Bryans Road (McDonald's, Burger King, and shopping center on right and a builders supply will be on left) and start looking for Chapman Landing Road on right.  Take half right on Chapman Landing Road and proceed a couple of miles to entrance to Mount Aventine on right.  Park and meet in parking lot at entrance gate.


*Field trip cancelled for heavy-steady snow, sleet, or pouring rain, but not for snow flurries or drizzling rain.


Contact: Karyn Molines