Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, May 27 2006 - Easy Hike in the Wetlands (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Matt Toerper
Participants:Matt Toerper, Sandra Gendleman, doug hanford, Jason Zach, Erin Green, Lorrie Yates, John Fogle, Tracey Wagner, Jim Polfer, Teresa Haenn

Write Up:
On a beautiful Saturday morning, eleven MOCers hit the trails of North Point State Park. It wasn't long before we saw some great views of the surrounding marshes. Along the way, we stopped at several points of interest, including an observation deck, an undeveloped beach, two piers, and a defunct powerhouse.

About halfway through, we reached the Visitor's Center, where we learned about the park's fascinating history. From 1906 to 1947, what is now North Point State Park was a resort named Bay Shore Park. Great masses of people would ride the trolley from Baltimore to Bay Shore every weekend and enjoy the many attractions. In 1947, Bethlehem Steel bought Bay Shore Park and closed it. The old buildings decayed and all the structures except for the water fountain and trolley station were eventually torn down.

The visitor's center featured several photo albums and maps of Bay Shore Park. One of the staff members at the visitor's center was actually a worker at Bay Shore during his youth, and he told us quite a few stories about it.

During the hike we also saw a lot of wildlife. There were an innumerable amount of turtles along the trail, including a very large one that seemed a little irritated by our presence. In addition, we also spotted several toads and a snake.

After about three hours, we returned to our cars. By this time, we were pretty hungry, so eight of us proceeded to the Bay Cafe in Canton for a post-hike lunch. We ate an excellent meal there and went our separate ways.

--Matt Toerper

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