Leaders: Rod Simmons, Jim Long, John Burke, Alan Ford, Richard Murray, Carole Bergmann and Greg Zell
Sponsors: MNPS, VNPS Potowmack Chapter, Botanical Society of Washington, Mattawoman Watershed Society
Celebrate the winter season at Chapman Forest (Chapman State
Park) with its spectacular scenery and remarkable diversity of native plants,
wildlife, and natural communities.
This year, we will visit the old-age forest section from the
extensive Water-willow Shrublands along the Potomac River to the marl cliffs
and ravines near Glymont. This section of the park is a fascinating and
regionally unique meeting ground for plants with a primary range in the inner
piedmont and mountains and those of the coastal plain.
Most of the walk traverses rolling, fairly open forest along trails, though some steep grades will occasionally be encountered.
Cancelled for heavy-steady snow, sleet, or pouring rain, but not for snow flurries or drizzling rain.
Free field trip. Registration is not required.
Bring: Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch or snacks and water.
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 (Chapman State Park) on right. Park and meet
in parking lot at entrance gate (additional parking is available along the
shoulder of Chapman Landing Road, though please be mindful of the neighboring
residents and careful not to damage the road edges when parking).
Contact: Liz Jones, elksjones at aol.com
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