Douglas Hikes start at Brunswick;
Dinner follows in Beallsville
Hiker bus $6
($8 on the day of the hike.)
By Steve Dean
The C&O Canal Association will honor the 66th anniversary of the Douglas Hike on April 25, with a selection of three hikes of different lengths, a baked ham and vegetarian spaghetti dinner, and an evening program. Bring your friends and join your fellow Association members to celebrate spring with a walk on one of the canal's most fascinating sections.
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 the bus departure time. The bus for all hikers will depart at 10 a.m., stopping first at Dargan Bend. Hikers starting at this point will have a 10.5-mile trek back to Brunswick. The first part of this walk features views of interesting bluffs and rock formations on the berm side, and scenic views of the river. The second stop will drop hikers off at Lock 34, for a 6-mile return walk. This section of the walk will include passing through the Harpers Ferry area and offer views of river rapids in the Potomac.
The hikers opting for the shortest route will be dropped off by the bus at Lock 31 in Weverton for a 3.5 mile walk back to Brunswick. At Weverton all hikers can observe the features of Lock 31 – Karen Gray's Accompanied by the Past feature about Lock 31 in the March Along the Towpath is must reading before the hike. All hikers can also view the Israel Creek Culvert and note how the rains of 2018 exposed the berm arch of this large and interesting culvert.
After the hike, members will meet at the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department in Beallsville for a short membership meeting at 4:30 p.m., followed by happy hour and then dinner at 5:30. After dinner, Don Peterson, level walker and author of Native American Fish Traps in the Potomac River, Brunswick, Maryland will provide a fascinating presentation about the use of fish traps the Potomac River.
The bus is $6 per person in advance, and $8 the day of the event. Please bring exact change. 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 Monday, April 13.
The Brunswick MARC station is located at 100 S. Maple Ave. Brunswick, Md. The Upper Montgomery VFD is located at 19801 Beallsville Rd, Beallsville, Md. Use your preferred navigation application for directions or contact Steve Dean at email@example.com for more information.