Chestnut Land Trace Trails
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Just a little bit south of the county seat of Calvert County, the Chestnut Land Trace offers several miles of hiking. The unpaved parking lot was empty when I pulled in. I walked over to a small maintenance barn, signed in, and looked over a large map of the property. I also picked up a smaller map to help with my navigation. Each of the three main trails was marked by a different color; the red and yellow routes run together for some of the time while the white trail heads south on its own. I opted to follow the yellow route, the Swamp Route.
Trail: lined with bamboo sticks, the side trail that took me to the top of a steep hill before using steps to return me to the otherwise fairly level path.
Plant: these acres are named after an American Chestnut tree which survived the blight of the 1920's. Unfortunately within the last two years, this tree died from the disease; part of its trunk remains to help remind us of its majesty.
Animal: the yellow trail runs alongside a creek for a good part of its distance. However due to a summer of low rainfall, it was dry most of the time. Near the one stretch where I saw water, a small turtle was hanging out on the edge of the path.
Notes: very primitive bathroom facilities (an outhouse). Dogs may be walked here if leashed.