Glenview Mansion and Croydon Creek walk

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The Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club is sponsoring a Glenview Mansion and Croydon Creek walk in Rockville on Saturday, April 13. There are two trails: 10km (rated 2B) and 5km (rated 2A). The 10km trail has both paved and natural surface sections. The natural surface section starts at the Croydon Creek Nature Center Trail Head and follows the trails along an abandoned section of Avery Road, into the forest, past an abandoned house foundation and cellar and along Croydon Creek to the dam. There are some short steep climbs along the creek. The walk then continues to and through the Glenview Mansion Gardens and then past the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater. The 5km trail bypasses both the Nature Center and Glenview Mansion. All trails return through Rockville neighborhoods and finish along the Rock Creek Park trail before returning to the start/finish.

All trails start and finish with a short set of steps with poles that narrow the passageway. The passageway is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers unless they are lifted over the poles and down the steps. Walking sticks are recommended for the 10km trail.

The Start/Finish point is at the patio between Urban Bar-B-Que and PB’s Coffee, Rock Creek Village Shopping Center, 5566 Norbeck Road (Rt. 28 and Bauer Drive), Rockville. Parking is available in and behind the shopping center. The walk is free unless Volksmarchers want to register for IVV credit for $3. The start time is between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Participants must finish the walk by 3 p.m.

Restrooms are available at the shopping center and at Croydon Creek Nature Center. Pets are allowed but must be leashed at all times during the walk.

For more information, e-mail Event Coordinator Jeffrey Giddings at jhgiddings@gmail.com.