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.
The 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.