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Crow's Nest Point Trail

Intermediate
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A trail through mature hardwood forests to an overlook at the confluence of Potomac Creek and Accokeek.


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Map Key

2.8

Miles

4.5

KM

Point to Point

167' 51 m

High

25' 8 m

Low

59' 18 m

Up

200' 61 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

March 15 - October 31: 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM
November 1 - March 14: 8:00 AM until 5:30 PM
Access to Parking via Raven Rd. is only available Thursday through Sunday.

Description

The trail starts at the end of the parking area and runs out to the point at the peak of a ridge using an old road bed. Views of mature hardwood forests off of both sides of the trail make for a beautiful hike. At 0.5 miles, you reach the first trail junction where the Accokeek Loop Trail goes off to the north. Continuing down the trail, at the 0.75 mile marker, you reach the junction of the Boykin's Landing trail.

As you continue out the gently rolling ridgeline, you'll pass masses of daffodils in the spring. You'll eventually come upon the foundation of an old building on the north side of the trail. A short way down the trail from the old foundation, you'll start a 150 foot descent down to the floodplain at the confluence of Potomac Creek and Accokeek Creek. This floodplain can be muddy in wet weather, so be sure to bring the proper footwear.

As you wind along the floodplain you'll pass the Daniel Family Cemetery (creepy and interesting). The Daniels were once occupants of the Crow's Nest peninsula and descendants of the family have been vocal in the support of preserving the area. At the end of the trail is a bench large enough to seat 3 to 4 people as you overlook water. A wonderful place to sit and enjoy nature. To return to the parking lot, simply retrace your steps.

Flora & Fauna

Mature hardwood forest and wildflowers (observed Jack in the Pulpit).

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Shared By:

Rob Hix

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End of the trail looking across Potomac Creek.
Sep 8, 2019 near Passapa…, VA

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Aug 17, 2019
Amy Herring
Nice, shady trail with lots of tiny frogs. Trail gets much more difficult about 2 miles in. Not many people around. 5.6mi