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Maryland / DC

Sideling Hill Creek Audio Tour

Use this guide to explore this preserve or take a virtual visit from home!

Sideling Hill Creek is one of the most pristine streams in Maryland, winding its way through western shale cliffs before finally spilling into the Potomac River.  Sideling Hill Creek helps support the globally-rare harperella population and the occurrence of the rare shale barren communities prioritizes this site as a focus for the Maryland/D.C. Chapter's efforts. During your audio tour you'll experience the shale barrens, native forest types, and forge the stream if you dare!

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Getting Started

Visit the preserve page to plan your visit and then download the audio tour map (PDF). The numbers marked on the map correspond to the audio files in the tour.  Next, download the audio files to your mobile device. Remember - some of our secluded preserves are spectacular, but you may not get cell service. We recommend you download the recordings and maps before you visit. Enjoy!

Downloadable Files (mp3 format)
  1. Trail Head
  2. About Sideling Hill Creek
  3. Across the Street - Creek Side
  4. Sideling Hill Creek Watershed
  5. First of Many Hills
  6. The Bend
  7. Berries
  8. Mitnick Memorial Statue
  9. Box Turtle
  10. Ephemeral Stream
  11. Shale
  12. Lowland Footbridge over Oxbow
  13. End of Loop Trail
  14. Yonker Tract Conservation Easement
  15. Sideling Hill Creek Ford
  16. Feeling Adventurous - Crossing the Creek

(All files are .mp3 and should download automatically once clicked. If you have trouble downloading, right-click each file and then select "Save")

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