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Columbia Volksmarch Club AVA-264 Presents an autumn walk in
Rockburn Branch Park and Patapsco State Park
Elkridge, Maryland, Howard County October 7-8, 2000
Two Events/Three Trails
5 km rated 1+
10 km rated 2+
15 km rated 3+
AT00/334 and AT00/365
DIRECTIONS TO ROCKBURN BRANCH PARK:
5400 Landing Road, Elkridge, MD
From Route 29: Take Route 100 east <<LANDING ROAD CLOSED>> to the first
exit, Long Gate Parkway. Turn right
at Route 103, Montgomery Road, and continue eastbound. Turn left on
Ilchester Road and right on Landing Road. The park entrance will be on
DETOUR>>>> over I-95 and follow directions below.
From Route I-95: Take Exit 43, Route 100 East. Follow Route 100 to Exit
6B, Route 1 North. Take Route 1 North
approximately 2.5 miles and turn left onto Montgomery Road. Turn right,
just beyond Grace Episcopal Church, onto Landing Road. Continue on
Landing Road to the park entrance on left.
SPONSORED BY: The Columbia Volksmarch Club (AVA 264).
SANCTIONED BY: The American Volkssport Association (AVA), a member of
the International Federation of Popular
Sports (IVV), promoting leisure sports in the interest of family health,
recreation, fun and companionship.
There are two events: 10 km and 15 km. Both events are almost entirely
on natural surfaces and are not suitable for wheelchairs. Strollers will
have difficulty on the 10-km trail and are not suitable for the 15-km
The 10-km trail (rated 2+) is all within Rockburn Branch Park. There
are a number of moderate hills, and it is mostly in scenic
The 5-km trail (rated 1+) in Rockburn Branch Park will be on natural
surfaces but will avoid as many hills as possible.
The 15-km trail (rated 3+) uses the trail systems in both Rockburn
Branch and Patapsco State Parks. This trail has several moderate hills
and one major hill, in addition to a number of stream crossings and one
swinging bridge. It is almost entirely in scenic woodlands, follows the
Patapsco River for more than 2 km, and ascends the picturesque, but
challenging, Cascade Trail.
PROCEDURE: Each participant will be issued a start card. It must be
carried on the walk and presented for validation at each checkpoint.
Only one start card will be validated per participant. Start cards must
be turned in at the Finish Table after completing the event. Only those
participants with a properly validated start card will be eligible for
the Event Award and/or IVV credit. The trail may be walked two times per
start card on the same day at no additional cost.
AWARD: The B award for this event is a 13-ounce glass tankard designed
in memory of our late Trailmaster, John Barkdoll.
REGISTRATION: There will be no pre-registration for this event.
The participation fee for the B Award and IVV Credit is $4.
The participation fee for IVV Credit only is $2.
There is no fee to walk the trail without receiving the IVV credit.
START/FINISH: Rockburn Branch Park, 5400 Landing Road, Elkridge,
STARTING DATES & TIMES: Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, 2000. Start
any time between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Must finish by 4 p.m.
REFRESHMENTS: Food and beverages will be provided by a local youth group
at the start point, where rest rooms will also be available. Water and
candy will be available at the check- points located along the trail.
CONDITIONS: The event will be held during all reasonable weather
conditions, including rain, snow and ice, but excluding blizzards.
Littering along the trails is prohibited. Dogs are not permitted on the
DISCLAIMER: Neither the Columbia Volksmarch Club, Howard County
Department of Recreation and Parks, or
Rockburn Branch shall be liable for accidents, theft,or material damage.
Every reasonable effort will be made to make this a safe, enjoyable, and
INFORMATION: call (410) 313-8499.
Ninth Annual Oktoberfest Volksmarch
October 8, 2000
City, State, Country: Annapolis, MD Host Club: Annapolis Amblers
Distance and Trail Rating: 10K, trail rated 1+
Start place address: Near Regina's Continental Delicatessen
Start times: Start 8 A.M. to 2 P.M. Finish by 5 P.M.
Event description: The walk is through the historic city of Annapolis,
which is also the Capital of Maryland and the home of the U.S. Naval
Academy. The route follows road shoulders and primarily sidewalks.
Annapolis pavements are rough (part of the historic flavor) but suitable
for large-wheeled strollers. Dogs are welcome on the trail.
Award and fees: "B" metal awards will be available for purchase.
Directions: The major routes to Annapolis are I-97 from the north,
US-50/301 from either east or west and MD-2 from either north or
south.When near Annapolis, I-97 and MD-2wil merge into US-50/301.
Continue on US-50/301 and take exit 4 marked MD-70 South, Rowe Blvd.,
Annapolis. Continue South on Rowe Blvd. Cross Weems Creek and turn left
at first traffic light onto Melvin Ave., go two blocks to Annapolis St.
(street will be closed for Oktoberfest activities), turn right, then one
block to Regina's on left. Parking is available on nearby streets or
three blocks west of start/finish at the US Naval Academy Stadium off
Contact: Jim or Barbara Fons (410)757-6983
Email contact: fons@...
Comments: This popular event is held in conjunction with the West
Annapolis Oktoberfest. Good food, music and dancing.
Historic St. Mary's City Walk AT2000/0359
October 14, 2000
City, State, Country: St. Mary's City, St. Mary's County, MD
Host Club: Freestate Happy Wanderers Volksmarch Club
Distance and Trail Rating: Both 5 and 10 kilometer trails, both with an
AVA Rating of 1+.
Start place address: Visitor's Center, St. Mary's City, MD
Start times: Start anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Must be
finished by 5:00 p.m.
Event description: The trails will be marked, on natural surface paths
along the St. Mary's River and through the historic area of Maryland's
first capital. Participants will see the reconstructed State House of
1676, archaelogical excavations, and the Godiah Spray tobacco
plantation, part of an 800-acre outdoor living history museum. They will
hear about the area's history from costumed docents. Walkers will enjoy
glimpses of loons and ospreys and savor the beauty of the peaceful water
as they travel along wooded paths. At the waterfront, they will see the
replica of the Maryland Dove, a square-rigged sailing ship that, along
with the Ark, brought the first settlers and supplies from England.
Everyone should visit the museum gift shop and archaeology exhibit hall.
THE TRAILS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR STROLLERS OR WHEELCHAIRS.
Award and fees: Participation is FREE! There is a $4.00 per person
admission fee to St. Mary's City, which will be collected at the Start
Point. There is no special award for this event.
Directions: From I-495/95:
1. Take Exit 7, Route 5 South, towards Waldorf.
2. Follow Route 5/Route 301 south to Waldorf, approximately 16 miles.
3. Turn LEFT to stay on Route 5 when Routes 5 and 301 split at Waldorf.
4. Continue south on Route 5/235 for approximately 19 miles.
5. Turn RIGHT to stay on Route 5 South at the 5/235 split.
6. Proceed another 29 miles and follow signs to the Visitor's Center.
The Visitor's Center will be on the right, just after you pass St.
Mary's College, on the left.
Contact: Lorraine Williams, 301-475-0408 or Bill Hassell, 410-437-2164.
Email contact: seka@... or wahasse@...
Comments: Food will be available alkong the trail at Farthing's
Ordinary, a 17th century inn exhibit and restaurant.
For more information about historic St. Mary's City, visit their web
site at htp://www.smcm.edu/hsmc
10/14/2000 - 10/14/2000 - WALK
Event Number: AT2000/0363
Start: SCHROM HILLS PARK, GREENBELT, 5/10KM
Host Club: GREAT GREENBELT VOLKSMARCHERS, INC
Write for more information to:
4617 LINCOLN AVE
BELTSVILLE, MD 20705-1524
Contact: SALVA HOLLOMAN 301-937-3549
Susquehanna State Park Susquehanna River Greenway Trail AT2000/0331 &
Sunday, October 15, 2000
City, State, Country: Baltimore Maryland
Host Club: Baltimore Walking Club
Distance and Trail Rating: #1 10K rated 2+, #2 10K rated 3
Start place address: Susquehanna State Park, Deer Creek Picnic Area
Start times: 8:AM - 1:PM Finish by 4:PM
Event description: Trails are through the woods, on natural surfaces in
the park and along the Greenway Trail. Neither trail is suitable for
strollers or wheelchairs.
Award and fees: IVV credit fee $2. No special award.
Directions: From North or South: I-95 to Exit #89(Rt.155) West Follow
signs to Susquehanna State Park. 2.5 miles, turn right on Rt. 161. .3
miles,turn right to Rock Run Rd. Stay on Rock Run Rd. At bridge, turn
right. Follow sign to picnic area. At Stafford Rd., turn left. At Deer
Creek Picnic Area, turn left into parking lot and look for banner in the
picnic area. Distance from Rock Run Rd to the picnic area is 4.5 miles.
WATCH for "WALK" directional signs at each turn after you enter the
Contact: Frank Kupres 410-592-3171
Email contact: FKupres@...
Comments: No littering in the park.
PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE PARK.
10/21/2000 - 10/21/2000 - WALK
Event Number: AT2000/0321
Start: LOCUST GROVE NATURE CENTER, CABIN JOHN REG. PARK, BETHESDA, 10KM
Host Club: SENECA VALLEY SUGARLOAFERS
Write for more information to:
PO BOX 3716
GAITHERSBURG, MD 20885-3716
Contact: DENA FORSTER 301-530-8173
Rocky Gap State Park Allegany County
Event No: EC 00- 0003
Date(s): Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29, 2000
City, State: Flintstone, Maryland
Host Club:Atlantic Region Director, American Volkssport Association
Distance and Trail Rating: 11 km; Rated 3+. 5 km; Rated 2. Rating will
increase with inclement weather.
Start place address: Cattail Day Use Area, Rocky Gap State Park,
12500 Pleasant Valley Road, N.E., Flintstone, Maryland; (301)777-2139
Start times: Between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Finish by 4:00 p.m.
Event description:The 11 km trail will circle Lake Habeeb. The trail
will use the recently opened Lake Trail (Orange Blazed) and campground
loop roads. It will traverse wooded areas, on natural surface trail,
pass the camp store, cross a bridge over the Lake spillway and the dam
on a roadway, and pass the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort. Sturdy shoes
and a hiking stick are recommended. The 5 km trail will stay on only one
side of Lake Habeeb. It will use natural surfaces, with a short portion
of macadam walkways.
Award and fees: There is no fee to participate in this event. IVV Credit
is $2.00. The fee for the header patch for the American Volkssport
Association Executive Council XI is $4.00; for the Atlantic Region
Director's Bar Patch an additional $3.00. There is no pre-registration
for this event. All net profits benefit the American Volkssport
Directions: From I-68 in western Maryland, take Exit 50 and follow
Pleasant Valley Road to parking and Start location at Cattail Day Use
Contact: Ron @ (410) 551-6396 -- evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00
Email contact:Ron rfbowers@...
Comments: Pets are NOT allowed in the Park. Restrooms are available at
the Start/Finish area and at various locations within the park. Water
and candy are available at the Start/Finish and checkpoints. This event
will be held regardless of the weather. Weather conditions will affect
the trail. The trail is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.
Enjoy a Fall walk in Rocky Gap State Park, which lies in an area of
impressive scenic beauty. Rocky Gap's 243 acre Lake habeeb has three
beaches and excellent fishing. The 278 site campground accepts
reservations (1-888-432-CAMP), however, after September 30 it is first
come, first served.
On the evening of Saturday, October 28, the Friends of the Park will
host a Halloween Haunted Trail in the Campground area.
Rocky Gap is about 7 miles east of Cumberland, whose many attractions
include the C&O Canal Park and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. The
Railroad will operates its steam train thursday through Sunday, October
26-29. Call 1-800-TRAIN50 for reservations.
This walk provides credit for Allegany County in the Walk Across
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