Join Shepherdstown area arborist and forest therapy guide, Shawn Walker, to learn about trees along the C&O Canal. We will encounter upland communities as well as trees along the edge of the Potomac and discuss approaches to identifying these trees as they transition from winter to spring.
We will also discuss the importance of the Potomac River and what we all can do to protect this valuable natural resource. The river provides wildlife habitat, recreation, and drinking water for over 5 million people.
The pace will be slow to moderate over varied terrain, with some rocky and steep conditions in various spots.
We will meet at 1:45 outside the Ferry Hill Plantation Visitor Center at 16500 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg, MD 21782. Please note that this is just the meeting spot. The visitor center is permanently closed.
Expect to walk about 3 miles on moderate terrain. Trail can be rocky in some places. Please bring your own water bottle, snacks, and bug-spray (if needed).
This event is free but please RSVP via the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-in-the-woods-shepherdstown-co-canal-tickets-96087717951
This event is produced in partnership with West Virginia Rivers Coalition and Trees 101 as part of Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin‘s Walk in the Woods Series of hikes throughout the Potomac River watershed.
Each participant will be required to complete the following waiver (copies will be available at the beginning of the hike):
March 28, 20202, 2:00-4:00pm
Meet at Ferry Hill Plantation Visitor Center, 16500 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg, MD 21782