Leader: Rod Simmons
Sponsors: MNPS, VNPS Potowmack Chapter, Botanical Society of Washington, Mattawoman Watershed Society, Chapman Forest Foundation
Celebrate the winter season in Chapman Forest with its spectacular scenery and remarkable diversity of native trees. We will focus on an inner loop walk from Mt. Aventine across the gentler, sandy hills and ravines between the mansion and the convergence of the Aventine stream and the Glymont stream - all old-age forest. We'll see new state co-champion Pagoda Oak (Quercus pagoda), state champion and co-champion Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muhlenbergii), the natural hybrid between White Oak and Chinquapin Oak, Swamp Chestnut Oak (Quercus michauxii), as well as White Oak (Quercus alba), Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra), Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii), Southern Red Oak (Quercus falcata), Willow Oak (Quercus phellos), and other oaks and trees.
Cancelled for heavy-steady snow, sleet, or pouring rain, but not for snow flurries or drizzling rain.
Registration is not required.
Bring: Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch or snacks and water. Most of the walk traverses rolling, fairly open forest along trails, though some steep grades will occasionally be encountered.
Directions: Take Indian Head Highway (Rt. 210) south from Capital Beltway (495). Proceed south on Rt. 210 for app. 15 miles. Continue on Rt. 210 past the Rt. 227 intersection at Bryans Road (McDonald's, Burger King, and shopping center on right and a builders supply will be on left) and start looking for Chapman Landing Road on right. Take half right on Chapman Landing Road and proceed a couple of miles to entrance to Mount Aventine on right. Park and meet in parking lot at entrance gate.