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Summer Fun: Hike Bacon Ridge Natural Area

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Take the family out for a self-guided history hike of the Bacon Ridge Natural Area.

The Scenic Rivers Land Trust has prepared materials to help you explore for landscape clues in the history-rich Bacon Ridge Natural Area. You’ll learn how humans and nature have interacted to make the landscape we see today, all while enjoying the beautiful 1000+ acre protected forest. The hike is between 2 to 4 miles on an unpaved trail through the woods.

Bacon Ridge Natural Area is a 900+ acre natural park with expansive marshes, mature forests, and at the center, its namesake creek Bacon Ridge Branch. Positioned in Crownsville and at the headwaters of the South River, Bacon Ridge Natural Area is owned by Anne Arundel County.

The first publicly accessible trail at Bacon Ridge was built in the summer and fall of 2015, totaling 2.5 miles. The trail is located off of Hawkins Road, a few hundred yards past the overpass of Interstate 97. There is a small 10-12 space gravel parking lot for public use. The second phase of 4.5+ miles of trail was added in fall of 2016. A map of the trails is available at the trailhead. These natural surface trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers and dogs on leashes. You can read more on the Scenic Rivers Land Trust site here.

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