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Dates: 1/2/2019 - 12/31/2019
City / State: Indian Head, MD
Event Name: Mattawoman Creek
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 112081 2019/Y0129
Distance - Trail Ratings: 5-km and 10-km - 1B
Description: The main part of that trail is an out-and-back on a bike path along the Matawoman Creek. There is one long set of wooden stairs. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR OWN WATER! Walkers invited to call POC a day or two before, to get latest park notices and trail conditions. Those using strollers and wheelchairs may also call POC for information on how to reach the top of the road without using the stairs. Please be considerate of Burger King employees and consider purchasing food or drink.
Amenities: Strollers: easy | Wheelchairs: easy | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Make a Wish at a Water Fountain, United States Post Offices
Start Times: dawn to dusk
Location: Burger King, Bryans Rd, MD
Start Point / Driving Directions: 3165 Marshall Hall Road, 20616. Take Washington Capital Beltway (I-495, I-95) to Indian Head Hwy (MD 210) S to Indian Head (from VA Exit 2; from MD Exit 3A). At mile 14 on MD 210, Burger King on RIGHT after traffic light at MD 227. Ask employees for walk/bike box, which should be underneath front counter at far right of counter. There is an approx 5.6 mile drive from Burger King to walk start point. Start point open 6 AM to 10 PM. Please walk during daylight hours only.
Awards & Fees: A Award
Comments: Fee for IVV credit or non-IVV credit $3. Children 12 and under walk free (IVV credit included) courtesy of Freestate Happy Wanderers. The historic Algonquian-speaking American Indian tribe was the Mattawoman (likely a band of the Piscataway Indians) encountered by the first English settlers; the latter called the land, "Indian Head", meaning "Indian Peninsula." In August 1861 Union Brigadier General Joseph Hooker commanded the Third Brigade nearby. The site was also used by the Union Army Balloon Corps for reconnaissance of Confederate troop movements across the Potomac. Since 1890 it has been the site of a U.S. naval base specializing in gun and rocket propellants. During WW II, a German POW camp was established a few miles from Indian Head in Nanjemoy, Maryland. Today Indian Head is home to Charles Countys largest employer, the Indian Head Naval Support Facility. This walk includes a wonderful vista of Mattawoman Creek on the other side of Cornwallis Neck from Chapman State Park. Description: Indian Head is an incorporated city on a peninsula named Cornwallis Neck in Charles County, Maryland. The peninsula, a "head" of land, had been long occupied by various cultures of indigenous peoples.
Host Club: Freestate Happy Wanderers
Contact: Susan DeHetre (301) 848-9475
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