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A wilderness experience awaits Calvert County residents right in the heart of Prince Frederick.
The American Chestnut Land Trust has opened a new gateway to connect people to the 3,000-acre Parkers Creek Preserve natural area managed by the land trust in central Calvert County along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, a press release states.
The land trust recently completed construction of a new 4.5-mile section of trail that connects Prince Frederick to ACLT’s existing north side trails, the release states. The new trail allows hikers to experience the full breadth of the Parkers Creek natural area by continuing on existing ACLT north side trails an additional 1.6 miles to a new overlook platform that the land trust has built to provide wintertime views of the Chesapeake Bay and the mouth of Parkers Creek.
The full 6.1-mile trail is called the Prince Frederick to the Bay Overlook Trail, or the “PF2BAY” trail, for short.
The public is invited to join the land trust for two upcoming events to celebrate the opening of the new trail. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 1:30 p.m., ACLT will have an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new PF2BAY trailhead on the grounds of the St. John Vianney Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick. Come and learn how this new trail was conceived and the volunteers who made it happen.
Also, on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., ACLT will conduct a guided hike along the 4.5-mile new section of trail from the new Prince Frederick trailhead to ACLT’s North Side Trailhead at Double Oak Farm, 676 Double Oak Road, Prince Frederick. Hikers should plan to meet at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the St. John Vianney Family Life Center. Since the hike begins and ends in two different places, hikers will need to leave one car at Double Oak Farm before the hike starts and then take a second car to the Prince Frederick trailhead in time to meet the hike leaders.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the fall weather. Dogs are not permitted on guided hikes, although hikers are welcome to bring pets on a leash to hike the trails at other times. Registration is required for the guided hike by Oct. 18. To register on the ACLT website, go to http://acltweb.org/calendar/calpage.cfm. Or, register over the phone by calling 410-434-3400, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.