Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Apr 29 2006 - Mod. Day Hike in GFSP & Wine Tasting (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Cynthia Hildenbrand, Christine Edell, Amy Pickwick
Participants:Pam Minter, Tom Reichelderfer, vasanthi sivaprakasam, Kimberly Engle, Amy Pickwick, doug hanford, Amy Hatfield, Cynthia Hildenbrand, Chuck Hildenbrand, Dominic Perry, Ronit Fix, Christine Edell, Terrick Khan, H. Tran, Liz Mountz

Write Up:
We couldnít have asked for a better day or group of participants for our second annual Hike-N-Wine event. Seventeen of us took to the Hereford Wildlands area of Gunpower Falls State Park, to complete a 2-hour, 4.2-mile slightly moderate hike.

The hike began along the Big Gunpowder Fallsí flood plain, on the white-blazed Gunpowder South Trail. Hiking along this trail for 0.9 miles, we came across a beautiful tributary on the other side of the river, called Raven Rock Falls.

Not too far from Raven Rock Falls, we spotted a hiking group across the River from us that had MOCers in tow! We think it might have been the local chapter of the Sierra Club. We also spotted an area across the River that was recently damaged by brush fire.

After climbing some slopes alongside the river, and passing a marshy/muddy area, we reached the blue-blazed Panther Branch Trail to our right. Following this trail up and over a ridge, we followed the scenic Panther Branch upstream out of the Big Gunpowder Fallsí river valley. Rumor is, the stream is named for a panther that lived in a cave in this area a long time ago. The stream valley has the remains of several mill wheel pits, earth dams and fieldstone buildings. We found three or four remnants of these former settlements. These old stone foundations may be the ruins of a gristmill and gunpowder mill that blew up on July 7, 1874.

After climbing up the Panther Branch drainage, we meandered across a field where the sun beat down on us. It was just beyond the field that we took our afternoon break for our packed lunches.

After lunch, we finished the last little remainder of the hike. As we came down the final hill and turn on the trail, you could see Woodhall Winecellars in the distance and it was calling our names!

After the hike, Woodhall Winecellars allowed us to sample about ten different wines, and an assortement of local cheeses and olives. We relaxed and enjoyed the breeze on the back deck while taking in the view of the vineyard.

Thank you everyone for making this a great event.

--Amy Pickwick

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