Out of doors Notes — July 16 | Journey And Outside


Walking for wellness hikes

If you love hiking but don’t have someone to hike with (and even if you do), join the upcoming Walking for Wellness hikes. On July 27, the planned hike includes a section of the Appalachian Trail from Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Road, Middletown to the Reno Monument, totaling 4 miles. The August 10, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. hike includes an approximately 4½ mile round trip ride on the Big Red Trail at Greenbrier State Park, 8134 Mountain Laurel Road, Boonsboro. On August 24th, do a 5.8 mile hike covering a section of the AT between Ensign Cowall’s parking lot, 11360 Wolfsville Road, Smithsburg and Warner Hollow Road. The hikes start at 9:00 am. For more information and to register, call 301-791-4767 or email [email protected]

Rules reminder for fishing in Carroll Creek, Culler Lake

An increase in fishing in the Carroll Creek Restricted Area has prompted Frederick City officials to remind the public that fishing is not permitted in some parts of the creek. Fishing is prohibited between the brick bridge north of the William R. Diggs Memorial Swimming Pool and East Patrick Street Station, where the creek crosses East Patrick Street. Other restrictions include blind and youth (under 15, no license required) fishing from US 15 to College Avenue. Open fishing is permitted from College Avenue to the Diggs Pool Bridge and from East Patrick Street to Highland Street. Fishing in open areas, including Culler Lake, requires a Maryland fishing license for persons 16 years and older. For information on fishing regulations, licenses, and cup restrictions for fishing in Maryland, visit dnr.maryland.gov.

Snake Mysteries Scavenger Hunt at Cunningham Falls State Park

Learn about snakes found in Maryland during the talk at 3:00 p.m. on July 16 at the Manor Area Visitor Center on Cunningham Falls Park Road at Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont. Join a 1.25 mile hike and wildlife scavenger hunt at the South Beach Nature Center on William Houck Drive on July 17 at 11:00 am. Be a weed warrior by helping pull invasive plants in the park from 9am to 11am on July 20th; Meet at the South Beach Nature Center. Gather at the Houck Amphitheater on Campground Drive on July 22-30 for a Sounds of the Night program. Learn the sounds of cicadas, katydids and more. Bring a flashlight and contact [email protected] to pre-register and learn more about these events. Park entry fees apply.

Md. Sport Fishing Awards presented

The Maryland Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources named Capt. Bruno M. Vasta and the late James W. Gracie as recipients of the 2022 Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Awards. The award honors individuals who “have made sustainable efforts in the habitat make management, conservation, education, research, or other meaningful contributions that benefit Maryland’s recreational fisheries.” Vasta has served in various capacities with the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association, represented the state as a governor-appointed member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and among other things, led efforts to create an artificial reef off Solomon’s Island. Gracie, a Baltimore native, was recognized for his lifelong support of trout fishing and his commitment to water quality and sanitation. He was a charter member of the Maryland chapter of Trout Unlimited and pioneered a program to teach fishing and water education to youth in Baltimore. The prizes will be awarded later this year. Nominations for the 2023 award will be accepted beginning December 1, with a deadline of January 31, 2023. Previous recipients of the award include Frederick native and world-renowned fly fisherman Bernard “Lefty” Kreh (2020) and Joe Brooks (2021 ), also a world-renowned saltwater fly fisherman and one of the founders of the Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock, an organization dedicated to bringing youth outdoor recreation. BOJC was founded in 1939 by a group of fly fishermen who were stranded in their cabin during a snowstorm near the shore of Hunting Creek in Thurmont. The Maryland Chapter of BOJC hosts its annual Thurmont Bonfire the weekend after Mother’s Day.