Why You Should Visit
Hellen Creek Preserve harbors part of an isolated stand of eastern hemlock, the southern-most in Maryland. Some species of plants and animals found here are more characteristic of the Appalachian forest in western Maryland.
Before You Go
- View Preserve Guidelines. Please note: dogs are not allowed at any Conservancy preserve.
- Download the Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve Visitors Guide (pdf)
A one 1/2 hour drive south from Washington, DC.
Open year round for nature walks and birdwatching. There are no facilities, trails, or established parking areas.
What to See: Plants
- climbing fern
- mountain laurel
- Hercules' club
- cardinal flower
What to See: Animals
- dozens of bird species, including pileated woodpeckers, kingfishers, and bald eagles
- deer mouse
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
Primarily for its protection of eastern hemlock in the coastal plain. Hellen Creek is also rich in bird life. Since 1957, 67 acres have been protected.