Trail Mix Picks–The AT, Cows, Foxes, and Cliffs

Cows on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, walk the Mason-Dixon line like a balance beam, thrill and chill on an outdoor adventure course, and learn about fox behavior in Pohick Bay Regional Park, you sly dog, you.

  • AT:  We did an 11 miler round trip headed north from Wolfesville Rd. in Maryland on the Appalachian Trail that crossed over some land bordering pasture where we saw a few dozen cows including some bulls that seemed penned in by nothing but what looked like white clothesline while one of us wore red and

    Cool AT sign on the trail in Maryland less likely to be gored by bulls than us.

    proceeded to say “Andale.”  On the return trip back on the trail were two calves that had ducked the thin rope in the pasture and were grazing right on the trail.  Most of the AT has been mountainous and rocky so this was a fun, random treat.  There were a bunch of gun blasts that seemed close but there was never a sense that we were in any danger and the view from the Weverton Cliffs was worth it.  If you like to scramble up rocks from 15 to 40 or 50 feet up, this would be a great place to spend the day and there’s parking beneath the cliffs.  We turned around just past the trail intersection for Devil’s Racecourse shelter.  Here’s the approximate gmap version of the hike.

  • Susquehanna River Nature Walk:  Enjoy a free, guided nature and historical walk along the North Park Trail. A segment of the Mason-Dixon Trail System, the North Park Trail offers scenic views of the Susquehanna River and easy access to downtown Havre de Grace. November 20, 10am – 11am. Free. The Lock House Museum. Havre de Grace, Maryland. Call (410) 939-5780 for more information. The Mason Dixon Trail connects the Appalachian Trail with the Brandywine Trail. This 193 mile long trail starts at Whiskey Springs, on the Appalachian Trail, in Cumberland County, PA and heads east towards the Susquehanna River, passing through Pinchot State Park en route. The trail then follows the west bank of the Susquehanna south to Havre de Grace in Maryland. Across the river, the M-DT continues east, passes through Elk Neck State Forest, then on to Iron Hill Park in Delaware, north along the Christina River and White Clay Creek to the White Clay Creek Preserve. The trail then heads northeast to its eastern terminus at Chadds Ford, PA on the banks of the Brandywine River.

  • Red Fox Hike: They are one of nature’s most adaptable hunters, using intelligence, cunning and resourcefulness to survive in a variety of habitats. Learn more here! Red Foxes live around the world, making their homes in many of the suburban, and even urban, open spaces of the Bay watershed. This Saturday, Pohick Bay Regional Park offers a special program focused on the habits and behavior of these stealthy animals. A park naturalist will provide information on how fox behavior changes with the seasons and then lead a walk to try and spot some of the park’s local denizens. November 20, 6pm – 7:30pm. Free. Pohick Bay Regional Park Pohick Bay Regional Park – 6501 Pohick Bay Drive Lorton, VA 22079 (map).  Call (703) 339-6104 for more information.

    The Terrapin Tower at Terrapin Adventures


  • Thrill and Chill: Join Terrapin Adventures in Savage, MD, and the Rams Head Tavern for a special Thrill and Chill Tour Saturday, November 20, at 2:00 pm for a slightly steep $65 per person. Spend two hours taking the Terrapin Challenge. Scale the 43ft. tower, traverse all 18 crossings on our High Ropes Challenge Course, glide through the forest on our 330 ft. zip line and experience 2Gs of force on our Giant Swing. Then reward yourself with a mouth watering menu of five small plates paired with hearty samples of five different Rams Head Tavern Beers or wine.

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