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Maryland Master Naturalist Outing! Blockhouse Point Conservation Park

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Join us on Saturday December 17th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m for a hike at Blockhouse Point, near Violet’s Lock on the C&O Canal. Blockhouse Point Conservation Park is an area rich in the natural and cultural history of the Potomac Valley. Natural features of this park include mature upland forest, floodplain forest, palustrine wetlands, streams, river-rock outcrops, at least nine species of threatened, endangered, or watchlist plants, a diversity of wildlife and grand views of the Potomac River and C&O Canal. The Park encompasses historic Civil War ruins of national significance. Many of the existing trails in Blockhouse Point Conservation Park are part of the historic Civil War complex for which the park is named. They are a vestige of the transportation system that furnished material and supplies to the men who were stationed there. These historic routes have been used for more than 140 years.

The hike should be around 3 miles. Dress for whatever the weather brings us! Not sure what to wear? Check out REI's layering basics article.

For those of you who wish to continue hiking after our field trip, the C&O Canal towpath will be located very close to you and you’ll have 184.5 miles of adventure waiting for you! :-) 

For more information on the park: Blockhouse Point Conservation Point Brochure and Self-guided Tour

Please RSVP with me by email no later than December 14 at

Meeting Point
Directions to the trailhead will be emailed to registered participants prior to the hiking date.

Please contact me if you are interested in carpooling.

Call Isabelle at (240) 723-0743 or email

I hope you can join us!

Earlier Event: December 15
Bald Eagles in Words and Pictures