American Chestnut Land Trust

Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678

American Chestnut Land Trust

American Chestnut Land Trust Professional Guide

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"The American Chestnut Land Trust offers hiking along pristine, undeveloped Chesapeake Bay tributaries in Calvert County."

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Bill and Mary Burnham
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"Parkers Creek is the centerpiece of the American Chestnut Land Trust's BID-acre holdings in Calvert County. The creek's tidal salt marshes, upland forest of oak and hickory, and its many tributaries are billed as the last undeveloped watershed on the Chesapeake Bay's western shore."
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David Edwin Lillard
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"This is a rare place of mixed hardwoods, bottomland swamp, and creeks making their way to the Chesapeake Bay. The land is privately owned and permanently protected by the American Chestnut Land Trust. There is indeed a mature chestnut tree on the grounds. The American Chestnut Land Trust is a moving story of community-inspired conservation. Working in partnership with the State of Maryland and The Nature Conservancy, ACLT owns or manages some 3,000 acres of public and private land in Calvert County, Maryland. In addition to preserving the ecologically important lands of the Parkers Creek watershed, the group has had a major impact in preserving cultural resources, such as old farmsteads that tell the history of Chesapeake Bay settlement. This hike and Parkers Creek Loop explore upland forests, old fields, and marshlands as the trail weaves among the remains of early homesteads. Special considerations: The landscape and hiking trails here are a real marvel of private initiative on the part of the American Chestnut Land Trust. Hikers are urged to support this nonprofit organization by sending a donation to the address shown in Appendix A."

American Chestnut Land Trust Trip Reports

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My 7 year old son and I drove down and spent about 3 hours on the trails. The main loop was closed because of a beaver dam, but it was easy to find our way from the chestnut tree to a portion of the trail beyond the dam so that we were able to hike almost the entire course. We saw no one the entire day.
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Big woods and nicely groomed trails. Lots of bird activity. There is a place to sign in and see what other people record what they have seen. The Swamp trail is cutoff by a huge beaver dam. I managed to get around it but it was very muddy in spots. The park authorities do not recommend this but I was interested in the full trail when I started. The dam was definately the highlight at about 3 in the afternoon. An earlier time recommended for birding activity.

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Trail Information

Prince Frederick
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 to 3.0 hours
Spring to Fall
USGS: Prince Frederick
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