The plant thrives in acidic soil and is naturally found on rocky slopes and mountainous forest areas.
Mountain Laurel The plant thrives in acidic soil and is naturally found on rocky slopes and mountainous forest areas. © Kent W. Mason

Places We Protect

Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve

Maryland / DC

Some species of plants and animals found here are more characteristic of the Appalachian forest in western Maryland.

Overview

Hellen Creek Preserve harbors part of an isolated stand of eastern hemlock, the southern-most in Maryland.  

Before You Go

Download the Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve Visitors Guide (pdf)

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What to See: Plants
  • climbing fern
  • mountain laurel
  • Hercules' club
  • cardinal flower
What to See: Animals
  • Hellen Creek is rich in bird life, harboring dozens of bird species, including pileated woodpeckers, kingfishers, and bald eagles
  • deer mouse
Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve
Hellen Creek Preserve harbors part of an isolated stand of eastern hemlock, the southern-most in Maryland.

Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve A little bit of the west in the southeast.