Douglas Hikes start in Brunswick;
Dinner follows in Beallsville
Too late to order.
Hiker bus $6
Too late to order. (But you can
By Steve Dean
on behalf of the Program Committee
The C&O Canal Association will honor the 53rd anniversary of the Douglas Hike on April 29, 2017 with a selection of four hikes of different lengths, a ham and barbecue chicken dinner, and an evening program. Join your fellow Association members to enjoy a fine walk on the C&O Canal, celebrate spring and visit one or two of the canals beautiful aqueducts.
All hikers will meet at the MARC parking lot in Brunswick, the start and end point for the event. Plan on arriving 15 minutes before your bus departure time. The bus for the long- and medium-length hikers will depart at 10 a.m., stopping at two canal access points. The first stop is at the Monocacy Aqueduct. Hikers starting at this point will have a 12.6- mile trek back to Brunswick, and will cross two aqueducts in the process. On their trip upstream, the long-hikers will immediately walk over the Monocacy Aqueduct, and later cross Tuscarora Creek on 16-foot Culvert 71 before they arrive at Nolands Ferry. There the bus will have dropped off the medium-hikers for a 10.1-mile walk back to Brunswick. From Nolands Ferry, both long- and medium-hikers will head upstream toward Point of Rocks, passing Calico Rocks between Mile Markers 47 and 48.
The second bus will depart from Brunswick at 11 a.m., carrying two groups of short-hikers. Those selecting a 6.5-mile walk will be dropped off at Point of Rocks. Their trek upstream will include passing Lock 28, the Point of Rocks and Catoctin railroad tunnels, and several historic culverts before arriving at Lock 29 (Catoctin Lock) at Landers. Those hikers opting for the shortest route will be dropped off by the bus at Landers for a 3.8-mile walk back to Brunswick. All participants will cross the Catoctin Aqueduct, and have a chance to observe the beautifully restored aqueduct that was returned to its past glory, with much thanks to the efforts of current Canal Commission chairman George Lewis.
After the hike, members will meet at the Beallsville Fire Department for a happy hour at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30. Dinner at the firehouse has been well-received by members in the past. Following dinner, Association members who attended the 2016 World Canal Conference in Inverness, Scotland will provide a presentation of the conference and post conference activities in Scotland.
The bus for the two long hikes departs at 10 a.m., and the bus for the short hikes departs at 11 a.m. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. The bus is $6 per person in advance, and $8 the day of the event. Happy hour is included in the cost of dinner, and is at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is at 5:30 and is $22 per person. Reservations must be received by Friday, April 7.
Directions to Brunswick MARC station: On US-340 take the exit for MD-180. Turn left on to MD-180 W. After 1.7 miles turn left on MD-79 W/Petersville Road, and proceed 2.7 miles, then take the fourth exit from the traffic circle and stay on Petersville Road. Turn right on to North Maple Ave., then right on to Railroad Square.
Directions from Brunswick to Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department: Turn left on South Maple Avenue, then left on to Petersville Road. At the traffic circle take the first exit onto Burkittsville Rd/Petersville Road Turn right after a mile on to MD-464 E/Souder Rd, then after another mile turn left on to MD-464 E/Point of Rocks Road Proceed 7 miles, then take the second exit in the traffic circle on to Point of Rocks Road, quickly turning onto Ballenger Creek Pike. Turn left on to MD-28 E after 1 mile. Turn left onto MD-28 E, then after 4.6 miles turn right to stay on MD-28 E. Continue 7 miles to the intersection with MD-109 N; turn left and destination will be on the right.
Directions from Rockville area to Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department: On I-270 take Exit 6B for MD-28 W/W Montgomery Avenue toward Poolesville/Darnestown. Follow MD-28 W for approximately 15.5 miles to the intersection with MD-109 N; turn right and destination will be on the right.