Maryland Geocaching Society
Everyone who has an interest in the game of geocaching is invited to attend the 2012 Maryland Geocaching Society Summer Picnic. You do not have to be a member of the MGS to attend. No matter if you have zero or thousands of finds, everyone is welcome! New to the game? New to the area? Visiting from out of town? Feel free to join us at the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park for fun and food. Grab your family and come out for a great time on Saturday August 4th 2012 at 10 o'clock, RAIN or SHINE!
The Annual MGS Awards will be presented, and we'll be hosting a large Silent Auction! If you would like to donate any items for the auction to help support the MGS and its mission, please contact the MGS PR Officer Spikep (Mike) at firstname.lastname@example.org
The TENTATIVE Schedule is:
10:00 Start the grills and the icebreaker challenge begins!
10:30 Games, 50/50, Silent Auction, caching, chatting, etc begin
2:30 Silent Auction Closes
3:00 Annual Awards Ceremony, announcements
This is a POT LUCK Event, so please post a dish you'll be bringing in your "Will Attend" log.
There is a modest fee to enter the park: $2 per person in-state, $3 per person out-of-state
Fun Fact: Patapsco Valley State Park was the location of the first annual MGS Summer Picnic in 2003. Although not in the same area, we're pleased to be back in the same park in this 10th Anniversary Year of the MGS!
The McKeldin area is in the most Northern part of Patapsco, along Marriottsville Road in Carroll County. McKeldin has opportunities for the horseback rider, mountain biker, hiker, disc golfer, and geocacher. This area has miles of multi-use trails, which are very popular with the equestrian community. The Rapids area has drive-to picnic spots with access to trails along the river. The Main Branch and the South Branch of the Patapsco River join in the McKeldin area. Rapids along the South Branch are a beautiful but dangerous feature of this section of the park. (Note the Rapids area and the pool below the rapids are closed for swimming due to dangerous currents in this area.)
McKeldin has an 18-hole disc golf course, which provides for challenging play for disc golfers no matter their skill level. Large and small picnic shelters can be reserved in this area for your family gatherings. See if you can find the shelter that has stunning views of the Liberty Reservoir Dam. Mountain bikers will find this section of Patapsco to be challenging and unique with trails that climb in and out of the river valley. This area also has a youth group camping area. Compared to other areas of Patapsco, McKeldin feels more wide open with a slower pace than the rest of the park. There are areas here that are perfect to set up your lawn chair and kick back with a good book or for a kid to explore with their binoculars, butterfly net and magnifying glass. Take a walk on the Medicine Tree Trail using our self-guided nature walk guide or just meander along the Rapids Trail as it follows river side on the South Branch.
Pets are allowed in the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times in the park.