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Walk the Java History Trail at SERC

Explore local history as you walk the Java History Trail at SERC, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater.

The Java Trail is a 1.3-mile walking path through field, forest and marsh that deals with the history of the land and the people who lived and worked on it. Using the interpretive panels along the path, this is a self-guided walk through local history.

The trail starts and ends at the Reed Education Center where you can pickup a trail map. Maps are available at both the Education Department and the reception area in the Administration Building. It takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to fully walk the trail. History studied on the trail includes:

  • Indians of the Chesapeake
  • Colonial Settlement and Plantation Life
  • Java Dairy Farm
  • Java’s Return to Nature

SERC provides an activity page for the Java Trail that includes a word search and cross word puzzle kids can complete before they visit, plus a scavenger hunt to use while walking the trail along with other activities to supplement your trip to SERC.

For information and security reasons, all visitors are asked to check in at the Reed Education Center. Please leave your pets at home because SERC is an active research facility and an environmental protection site.

Hours: 9:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Saturday and is only closed on Sundays and federal holidays.
Fees: Hiking the trails is free.

For more information on the Java History Trail, visit the SERC website.

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