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The Association’s 2022 annual Douglas Reunion Hike, which commemorates the famous 1954 hike led by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, is set for Saturday, May 7th. The hike route is from Point of Rocks to Whites Ferry. It will feature four hiking options along the towpath, a social hour, dinner, and evening speaker.

Hiking options

Hike participants will park at the Whites Ferry parking lot. (See Google Map.) Bus transportation will be provided to four starting points, and hikers will then walk back to their vehicles at their own pace. The first bus will depart at 10:00 a.m. and drop hikers at:

  • Point of Rocks (12.7-mile hike back)
  • Noland’s Ferry (9.1-mile hike)

The second bus will depart at 11:00 a.m. and drop hikers at:

  • Monocacy Aqueduct (6.7-mile hike)
  • Dickerson Conservation Park (4.3-mile hike)

See the Accompanied by the Past article in the March 2011 Along the Towpath by Karen Gray for points of interest along the route.

Hikers will sign an Association waiver before boarding. Bring a bag lunch and a beverage. The bus fare is $10 if paid in advance, and $12 in cash if paid on boarding. Please bring exact amount.

Dinner and happy hour

At 4:30 p.m. we will gather at the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Poolesville, Md. for happy hour, to be followed at 5:30 p.m. by a lasagna dinner buffet. After dinner, the Latrobe Marble Quarry will be the topic of a program by Paul Kreingold. You can read Paul’s article on this subject in the March 2020 Along the Towpath. The church is at 20100 Fisher Ave (MD Route 107) in Poolesville, Md.

The happy hour and buffet dinner cost $30. Visit to register on-line or download a registration form for the dinner and the bus. The forms with payment must be received by Saturday, April 23rd, after which no cancellations or additions will be honored for the dinner. Also, please be sure to check the Association website calendar for any updates regarding the Douglas Hike. If you have questions, contact Jonnie Lefebure at [email protected]

Payment options (Deadline April 23)

Group from the 2017 Douglas Hike (Steve Dean photo)