Winter Hiking

A new trail has opened at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater. Titled the Contee Watershed Trail, I walked it the start of the new year for the first time with my son Chris, who works at SERC doing post doctoral research, plus husband Peter and daughter Alex.

On the trailThe 1.6 mile trail takes you across fields and into a forested landscape down to Sellman Creek and back towards the ruins of the Contee Mansion. Once a grand home, the building primarily consists of two tall chimneys with three fireplaces each plus partial walls and foundation. Kept secure with scaffolding, the Contee Mansion once looked similar to the Paca House In Annapolis.

You can reach the new trail by driving down Contee Wharf Road, off of Muddy Creek Road. There is parking, composting restrooms, and a sign-in kiosk. Keep in mind this is a trail for humans on foot only. No dogs or dirt bikes are allowed as SERC is a wildlife refuge. The Contee Wharf trail is just one of many lovely trails on the SERC property. This month consider taking a winter hike. Spending some time in the brisk cold air make you really appreciate a warm cozy house! Visit the SERC website to learn more about their facilities.

VTrailheadHouse on trail

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

2 thoughts on “Winter Hiking

  1. Just a note to let you know how much I enjoyed the February issue of Chesapeake Taste, especially Keren Dement’s article on Al and Donna.

    Mary Felter


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