National Take A Hike Day - Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary
National Take A Hike Day - Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 18 - GirlTrek #weareharriet Challenge

Come out and enjoy the great outdoors with your Girltrek sisters on National Take a Hike Day. We will continue to honor our shero by channeling our inner Harriet as we trek on terrain she more than likely encountered as she fought for her freedom.

This is a 5.5 mile hike on the beautiful Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, the winter refuge for several thousand Canadian geese. Approximately 5000 geese migrate here from September to December to live off the wetlands full of aquatic plants, corn and millet. We are bound to see some geese while here.

We will meet at 1:00 pm at the Visitor center for our talk before the hike. From the parking, we will walk 1/4 mile to the trail head. We will start off on the Paw Paw trail (yellow markers) and veer off onto the red blazed Poplar Spring trail which is a loop trail full of little creeks and lots of trees. We will then head to the Mounds trail (blue marker) that is named for the two mysterious mounds (4 to 6 feet high and 8 to 10 ft wide) located on the trail. Some believe these mounds were defensive barriers used by the military during the War of 1812. Others believe it was sacred ground for the Mattaponi Native Americans. Once we finish the loop, we will return to the Paw Paw trail on the way back to the Visitor Center.

Dress appropriately for the weather in your GirlTrek gear (or Superhero blue) by wearing layers, protecting your head/ears and hands. It is recommended that you wear light hiking boots or sneakers that provide ankle support. This hike is primarily flat however there are a few inclines that you will feel in your legs. Also the majority of the hike is on unpaved trails that may be muddy, covered in leaves and full of small rocks and pebbles.

You should also bring at least 20 oz of water, a light snack (trail mix, fruit, energy bar) and any medication including epi-pens. There is also a $2 honor system service charge to park at the Visitor Center.


November 17, 2019
1pm - 4pm


Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary
17704 Fenno Rd
Upper Marlboro
Maryland, MD 20772
United States
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