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Dates: 1/2/2020 - 12/31/2020
City / State: Indian Head, MD
Event Name: Bike
Event Type: Year Round Bike
Event ID: 114573 2020/Y1690
Distance - Trail Ratings: 25/42 K - 1A
Description: Bike trail is out-and-back along Mattawoman Creek on the Indian Head Rails to Trails (IHRT) with trail starting in either Indian Head or White Plains, MD. Bikers are invited to call POC a day or two before, for latest park notices and trail conditions. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR OWN WATER!
Amenities: Strollers: None | Wheelchairs: None | Pets: No | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Little Free Libraries, Make a Wish at a Water Fountain, Walking the USA A - Z
Start Times: Dawn to Dusk
Location: Red Carpet Inn Motel, 4694 Indian Head Hwy, Indian Head, MD
Start Point / Driving Directions: 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 approximately mile 18 on MD 210, Red Carpet Inn Motel, 4694 Indian Head Hwy, Indian Head, MD is on the right. As you walk through the front door the start box is located on a table in the lobby, There is approx. a 1 mile drive from the motel to the walk start point. Park in designated area for the Indian Head Trial as written on trail directions. Please walk during daylight hours only.
Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
Comments: Fee for IVV credit on non-IVV credit is $3. Children 12 and under bike free (credit included) courtesy of Annapolis Amblers. The IHRT was a generous gift through the Department of the Interior's Federal Lands to Parks Program. This 13 mile paved trail traverses approximately halfway across Charles County, connecting the Town of Indian Head to Rt. 301 in White Plains. Originally built in 1918 as a railroad supply route for the Navy's Indian Head Powder Factory, this elevated rail bed passes through the Mattawoman Creek stream valley and some of Southern Maryland's most scenic and undeveloped natural areas. The Indian Head trail starts off in a slightly urban setting, but almost immediately the environment changes. Volksbikers will experience the surroundings of mature forests, natural wetlands and occasional farmland. Flora, fauna and wildlife abound. With great consistency bikers can expect to view wild turkey, deer, herons, bald eagles, egrets and a variety of waterfowl. One particular area (near mile marker 2) offers a spectacular view of the backwaters of Mattawoman Creek as it meanders its way towards the Potomac River. If it's wildflowers, butterflies or dragonflies that grab your fancy, the trail's 100' wide corridor presents an outstanding habitat for nature's subtle and graceful beauty. Trail features numerous bridges, interpretative signs and rest area benches. Located just 18 miles south of our Nation's Capital, the Indian Head Rail Trail offers a unique natural outdoor experience - seemingly far removed from development and life's often chaotic pace.
Host Club: Annapolis Amblers
Contact: Susan DeHetre  (See the Event Listing for further contact information.)