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Dates: 1/2/2021 - 12/31/2021
City / State: Indian Head, MD
Event Name: Mattawoman Creek/Indian Head Trail
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 116929 2021/Y0129
Distance - Trail Ratings: 5-km and 10-km - 1B
Description: The main part of this 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 are 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. Fee for IVV credit or non-IVV credit $3. Children 12 and under walk free (IVV credit included) courtesy of Freestate Happy Wanderers.
Amenities: Strollers: easy | Wheelchairs: easy | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Little Free Libraries, Mayflower - 400th Anniversary Walk, Walking with America's Veterans
Start Times: dawn to dusk
Location: Red Carpet Inn, 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 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: A Award
Comments: 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  (See the Event Listing for further contact information.)