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Why You Should Visit
Originating from the southwestern mountains of Pennsylvania, Sideling Hill Creek tumbles its way down the steep, forested, shale cliffs of western Maryland before it finally spills into the Potomac River. The preserve has several trails so visitors can explore the variety of species and natural communities that exist at Sideling Hill Creek Preserve. Admission is free.
Two hour drive from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., past the Sideling Hill Creek Interpretive Center.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
Sideling Hill Creek is one of the most pristine streams in Maryland, which helps support the globally-rare harperella population. In addition, the occurrence of the rare shale barren communities prioritizes this site as a focus for the Maryland/D.C. Chapter's efforts.
What the Conservancy Is Doing Here
Planning a visit to Sideling Hill Creek? Before your trip, download our self-guided audio tour to your handheld device. It's like taking along your own personal naturalist!
During your audio tour, the Conservancy's Donnelle Keech, Allegany Forests project director, takes hikers around the trail to see shale barrens, experience native forest types and forge the stream if you dare!
Step 1: Download the Sideling Hill Creek audio tour map. This map will help identify which audio tracks to play based on your location on the trail, so make sure to take a copy with you on your trip.
Step 2: Download and save each of the following mp3 files to your handheld device. Play the corresponding track when you reach a numbered waypoint along the trail. Listen to them all or pick & choose based on your interests!
(All files are .mp3 and should download automatically once clicked. If you have trouble downloading, right-click each file and then select "Save")
What to See: Plants
What to See: Animals
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