Hiking with RWVhikes

The Riderwood Short Hikes Group goes once a month to nearby locations in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  We alternate between Mondays and Tuesdays — usually during the third week of the month.  We gather about 8:30 am and carpool to the location, returning between 11-12 am.

Information about where and when to meet is sent out early in each month. You can get on the mailing list by using this link:
RWVhikes+subscribe@groups.io  or by contacting Dan Sober.  Contact information is available in the Riderwood Resident Directory, available at your front desk, or online at MyErickson.

Febrruary 2023 Hike–Monday, February 13

Wheaton Regional Park.  Our February hike will be in Wheaton Regional Park, starting at one of the Brookside Gardens parking lots.  The drive from Riderwood is only about 15 minutes. If we walk for a little over an hour, we can also visit the Conservatory Building (greenhouse) at Brookside Gardens, which opens at 10:00 AM. Map

Information on some previous hikes

  • Calverton-Galway Park (January, 2023).   A no-drive walk to a pleasant little park in our neighborhood, mostly on quiet residential streets.  It’s about 1.4 miles to the park, 1.4 miles for the park loop, and 1.4 miles back, for a total of 1.5-2 hours, all on pavement but slightly hilly.  The car entrance is off Fairland Rd. A walk-in entrance is just past Galway Elementary School on Galway Drive.  Map
  • A section of the Paint Branch Trail, from Cherry Hill Road near US-1 to the Paint Branch Golf Course on University Boulevard and back (December 2022). The trail is paved and flat, and the walk will cover approximately 3 miles and take 1 to 1.5 hours.   Here’s a map of the section of the Paint Branch Trail hiked.
  • Scenic Anacostia River loop (November 2022). The trail is all paved, except for a short (~1/2 mile) optional loop around Heritage Island. Total walking time about 1.5 hours.  Start on the east side of the river at River Terrace, parking on Anacostia Ave NE near Dix St. and walk over the Benning Road Bridge, then turn south for a short stretch of the Kingman Island Trail, crossing the island to Heritage Island (if the ground is not too muddy, there is a short loop around Heritage Island), continuing to the trail on the west bank, past the RFK Stadium athletic fields.  Proceed to the East Capitol Street Bridge and return to the starting point.
  • Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood (October 2022).  One of the hidden treasures of the Montgomery County Parks systemAgricultural History Farm Park