Piedmont Pacers plan walks at Bear Branch Evening hikes also planned

June 06, 1993

The Piedmont Pacers Volksmarch Club of Carroll County will hold walks Saturday and next Sunday at Bear Branch Nature Center in the Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center, John Owings Road, north of Westminster.

Participants have a choice of a 10- or 15-kilometer walk through the rolling hills of northern Carroll County along Bear Branch and Big Pipe creeks. All trails are natural surface and not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

The walks are open to anyone interested in walking, jogging or running at their own pace, as all events are noncompetitive. For insurance purposes, the club requires all participants to register and carry a start card which will be annotated at control points along the route.

Participants may register any time between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and must finish by 5 p.m. Registration is free. Those who complete the route may purchase a cloisonne medal with a pin featuring the Bear Branch logo.

Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Walking sticks are encouraged, and if the weather is hot, bringing a water bottle is advised. Refreshments will be for sale at the start/finish point.

The club also will have several free guided night walks around the county from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration is 5:15 p.m. until start time.

Nighttime walkers must carry a start card and turn it in upon finishing. Water and candy will be available for purchase. Restrooms generally are not available at the sites.

Dates and locations of guided night walks are: June 24 at Morgan Run Natural Environment Center, off Bartholow Road near Eldersburg; July 22 at Gillis Falls Reservoir site, near Mount Airy on Grimville Road; and Aug. 12 at Hashawha.

Information: 848-2480 for day walks, 875-2630 for night walks.

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