Walk for the Woods

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 (rain date April 25)
Location: Farm Road, Bacon Ridge Natural Area, Crownsville, Maryland

Walk for the Woods is back!

Scenic Rivers Land Trust is pleased to announce that our annual “Walk for the Woods” will return in 2021.

The beloved outdoor community event is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Bacon Ridge Natural Area in Crownsville (rain date is April 25).

Scenic Rivers will again partner with Anne Arundel County’s Department of Recreation and Parks to offer a wonderful opportunity to hike and explore this beautiful wilderness just minutes from downtown Annapolis.

For the safety of participants and volunteers, the traditional event will be modified to conform with state and county COVID-19 public gathering requirements. We anticipate a fantastic, safe day in our local, protected woods!

Bacon Ridge Natural Area’s 1,000+ acres are graced with upland streams, lily-filled ponds, nesting birds, and spring wildflowers.

The event will require advance online registration and timed entry to control gathering size. Attendees will access the natural area via Farm Road (typically not open to the public).

Experts in wildlife, native plants, birds, and more will be on-site and available to attendees. Plus, self-guided hike options will be offered, complete with trail maps and educational signage posted along the trails. Hikes range from 1 to 4 miles, vary in degree of difficulty, and are on marked trails.

Schedule of Activities
  • All Day – Colby Rucker Memorial Self-led Naturalist Hike (1-2 miles)
  • 8:00 am – Bird Hike with Oliver Griffin (1-2 miles)
  • 9:30 am – Bird Hike with Oliver Griffin (1-2 miles)
  • 10:00 am – Say My Name Remembrance Ceremony with Janice Hayes-Williams
  • 10:30 am – Woodland Hike with Mitch Keiler (3-4 miles)
  • 11:00 am – Say My Name Remembrance Ceremony with Janice Hayes-Williams
  • 11:00 am to 2:30 pm – Critter Discovery with Coastal Resources, Inc.
  • 11:30 am – Reptile and Amphibian Search with Rosemary and Robert Frezza (2 miles)
  • 12:00 pm – Woodland Hike with Dave Wallbeck (3-4 miles)
  • 12:30 pm – Northern Trails Hike with Andrew Garte (2 miles)

About Walk for the Woods

Walk for the Woods is Scenic Rivers’ annual celebration of families exploring the outdoors, the beautiful, permanently protected Bacon Ridge Natural Area, and the power of land protection to provide quality of life, wildlife habitat, and Chesapeake Bay and river health.

The event, held in late April of each year, is a day of guided hikes, including bird watching, amphibian searches and naturalist hikes, and educational programs. Attendees are also invited to explore the Bacon Ridge Natural Area’s 1000+ acres of woodlands, wetlands, streams, and meadows on their own. It is always a beautiful, relaxing day in our local woods!

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Registration for timed entry is now open. Click the link below to select and register for your entry time. You will receive links to register for guided hikes and other activities in your timed-entry registration confirmation email.

Scenic Rivers is able to make Walk for the Woods a fun, FREE event for our community because of the generosity of local businesses who sponsor the event.

Walk for the Woods T-Shirts


Attendees who donate $25+ will receive a 2021 Walk for the Woods t-shirt featuring the unique, custom art of local illustrator Phyllis Saroff! 

Shirts will be available for purchase/pick up on site at the event. Adult sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, and XXL available.

For more than 30 years, Scenic Rivers has worked with landowners to permanently protect nearly 3,200 acres of forests, farms, meadows, and wetlands through conservation easements. Once such conservation agreements are in place, we assist landowners in the ongoing stewardship of their land. Our efforts safeguard critical wildlife habitat, protect water quality of nearby streams and rivers, remember our history, and help our rural communities and farmlands endure.

Thank You to these 2021 Walk for the Woods Sponsors!

Osprey Sponsors

Paul & Maxine Frohring Foundation

Great Horned Owl Sponsors

Wood Duck Sponsors


The Troy Family in Memory of Colby B. Rucker  • Phyllis Saroff

Magnolia Warbler Sponsors


The Grandkids' Future

Carolina Chickadee Sponsors

Oculus CAS, LLC

Simply Stronger Yoga, Fitness and Massage Studio