Annual Winter Solstice Walk at C&O Canal National Historic Park

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Sunday, December 22, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center


Please join us for this annual winter tradition to celebrate the beginning of the winter season, led by Rod Simmons and a host of others.

This year we will visit the Gold Mine Tract at the C&O Canal National Historic Park. According to the Old Growth Forest Network:

This 528 acre tract is the largest Piedmont Forest in Maryland. Although it is not true old-growth, the towering hardwood trees and the gently rolling woodland floor will take your breath with their beauty. The dominant species are tuliptree and a mixture of oaks. Wildlife includes abundant deer, fox and woodpeckers. The forest gets its name from the traces of gold mining ruins that are still visible. This forest is adjacent to the Great Falls of the Potomac River. While most visitors to the busy area will be heading toward the river, you will head the opposite direction into the relaxing forest. Begin the blue blazed trail uphill behind the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center.

Gold Mine Loop Trail, C&O Canal National Historic Park - Photo by Frederick Robinson

Gold Mine Loop Trail, C&O Canal National Historic Park
Photo by Frederick Robinson, Copyright ©, used with permission.

This walk is co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society, Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, and the Botanical Society of Washington.

The Winter Solstice Walk is free and open to non-members. Registration is not required.

Special Instructions: Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch or snacks and water. 

Driving directions: TBA

Carpooling: TBA

Contact: TBA


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