Summer Solstice Walk at Chapman Forest South
Saturday June 20 - 10:00-4:00 or later
Jointly sponsored by MNPS, VNPS, and the Botanical Society of Washington
Leaders: Rod Simmons and Jim Long
The south tributary of Chapman Forest South is a pristine, spring-fed
stream that begins as a series of Magnolia Bogs and seeps and flows
through steep, forested ravines to Mattawoman Creek. We will walk along
the floodplain of this stream from near its convergence with Mattawoman
Creek upstream to a large series of wet meadows formed by beaver dams.
This is a wild and pristine area with a great diversity of wildlife
(migratory fish spawn in the stream and evidence of bobcat has been
observed, among many others). In addition to discovering new things, we
should see the state-rare Deciduous Holly (Ilex decidua) and Camphorweed
(Pluchea camphorata); extensive fern belts and clubmoss colonies and many
species of ferns, including Adder's Tongue; numerous wildflowers and
species of Carex; and a diversity of trees and shrubs. Most of the
vegetation here is typical of the Coastal Plain, but some of the stream
passes through beds of calcareous marine sands and marl, which give rise
to a distinctive flora with montane elements.
Moderate though lengthy walk on fairly level ground.
Bring lunch, water, and good shoes. Some wet ground or occasional very
shallow stream crossing may be encountered. Afterwards, a group of us
will meet at Chinese restaurant in Bryans Road shopping center for dinner.
Directions: From the Capital Beltway (495), take Indian Head Highway (Rt.
210) south approximately 22 miles to the Rt. 227 intersection at Bryans
Road (at the intersection and not surprisingly, a McDonald's and Burger
King will be on your right and a builders supply will be on left - don't
take PG County versions of Livingston Road many miles before this
intersection!). Turn left at Rt. 227 and proceed south for approximately
3-4 miles. Slow down as road begins to descend down big hill to
Mattawoman Creek (Lamont's will be on left about here) and be prepared to
turn right just after stream crossing at Buteaux Crossing and before
abandoned railroad tracks. Parking area will be on right at railroad
tracks. We'll meet in parking lot.