Hiking Maryland & Delaware
by David Edwin Lillard (Falcon Guides)
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The Fire Road trail was closed "due to hunting." While we didn't encounter any hunters, it seemed mgmt wanted to keep you close to the lake. This cut off a bit of our planned route. Trail in good shape, our dogs had a swell time.
Nothing mind-blowing, very easy walk with little wildlife and a bunch of people, but other than that a pleasant walk in the woods. I found it to be a very nice hour-long diversion as opposed to a serious dayhike, but still a good way to blow off some quick steam.
We only spent an hour here, but the brief glimpse into the lovely woods and interesting research being done at this center was enough to make us want to come back soon.
In our brief time exploring the trails midday, we didn't see any wildlife, but the plaques informed us a lot about the habitats and behaviours of all kinds of animals--waterfowl, beavers, amphibians, etc. It would be a great place for young kids, because they can learn so much good information, and you can take a quick hike and loop back to the nature center where there are good facilities. For a wildlife preserve so close to DC, it truly is impressive. The trails are not open to bikes, but there are many roads in the area that would be good to ride, so you could ride in and lock up and hike around. I like the quiet, low-impact atmosphere. Though there was a good number of people, there was an atmosphere of respect for mother earth. Of course, you have to overlook the huge powerlines looming in the distance. A lot of the work there seems to be funded by PEPCO, the electric utility?
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