Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve

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


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.

  • From Washington, take Route 4 south to Prince Frederick.  Continue past Prince Frederick about 12 miles to Lusby.  Turn right onto Sollers Road.  Travel approximately 2 miles and then turn left onto Mill Bridge Road.  The preserve is about 1 mile on the right.

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