Hashawha Loop, Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Area

Westminster, Maryland

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A fine walk through surprisingly deep woods in a county park. There are views of Pars Ridge, the principal geologic feature of Carroll County, and passages through open meadows and cultivated fields. Watch for blue herons and other waterfowl from the boardwalk across tiny Lake Hashawha. Carroll County is not known as a hiking destination. But the quiet woods, the opportunity to see a fox or hawk hunting in a cornfield or beaver plying the stream, and the extensive variety of wildflowers in the stream bottomland all combine to make this an outing worth traveling for —especially when combined with a visit to Westminster’s Main Street or other Carroll County attractions. Special considerations: When the nature center is closed, no water is available.
Hiking Maryland & Delaware

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Hiking Maryland & Delaware

by David Edwin Lillard (Falcon Guides)

A fine walk through surprisingly deep woods in a county park. There are views of Pars Ridge, the principal geologic feature of Carroll County, and passages through open meadows and cultivated fields. Watch for blue herons and other waterfowl from the boardwalk across tiny Lake Hashawha.

Carroll County is not known as a hiking destination. But the quiet woods, the opportunity to see a fox or hawk hunting in a cornfield or beaver plying the stream, and the extensive variety of wildflowers in the stream bottomland all combine to make this an outing worth traveling for —especially when combined with a visit to Westminster’s Main Street or other Carroll County attractions. Special considerations: When the nature center is closed, no water is available.

©  David Edwin Lillard/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Westminster
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Bear Branch Nature Center
Local Maps: USGS Finksburg, Maryland
Driving Directions: Directions to Hashawha Loop, Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Area

Recent Trail Reviews

5/16/2010
1

We've hiked this area about a half dozen times in the past 3 years. It's a nice area for a long hike, stroll, sitting next to the lake, and visiting the raptor area (one bird will say something to you as you walk past its cage). The raptors were all injured and the park takes care of them. The yellow trail is at least 5 miles in length if you do all the loops and the former blue trail (now white blazed) is long too. The creatures in the lake include fish, frogs, turtles, and beavers. We plan to visit again in the fall. At the north end of the yellow trail is a river and it must be stunning in the fall.


5/26/2009
1

A small group of us hiked this wonderful trail today. Unfortunately, they had recently changed blaze colors so this guide is now completely outdated. However, it is wonderful to use as a guide to the are and what you are viewing along the way but heads up that you can no longer use it as a trail guide. You will get lost if you follow the guide and end up on private as well as restricted property. Now for the hike... the environmental area as the name implies is chock full of birds, bees, snakes, and wonderful flora and fauna. I have seen flowers that I did not even recognize in this very well maintained area. The only downside to this hike was the lack of a map and even the ranger station did not have them in stock as of yet. On the flip side, since we were out there counting on a 4.5 mile hike but given all of the spurs along this trail a naturalist volunteered to lead us on the hike! what a fantastic experience this was. Give them about three weeks to update the maps they supply in the "office" where the trailhead is (that part is still accurate as are the driving directions to the location...only the trails and the blaze colors are out of date) and enjoy a hike that will take you thru many different areas that should be doable for just about anyone. No steep grades although there are two hills that are long but only about a 3 percent grade. I look forward to hiking this again in about 3 weeks and update my map. This hike has much to offer and the only negative is due to recent color changes for the blazed trails. Actually, there really were not any blazes at all in many parts so we are volunteering on a Sat. to help them with that! Nothing a bucket of paint and a day enjoying the area won't solve. I will post a new review after I confirm that all is good and the trails are able to be followed again.



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