American Chestnut Land Trust Loop Professional Review and Guide
"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."