Blockhouse Point is a great little park in Montgomery County, Maryland. Sidekick Pauli helped me scout this hike so I could lead a group here. By the way, those of you who read the last post of mine know that Sidekick Pauli went in for surgery for a lump that grew rather quickly on her neck. Her surgery went great and they were able to get all cancerous tissue out!! So it was cancerous, but prognosis is fantastic! She will probably be scouting hikes with me for a long time to come! 🙂 🙂
I visited Blockhouse Point on three different occasions to get the feel of the place since it was brand new to me. The first time my son and niece tagged along. Of course, we were caught up in conversation and got off on the wrong trail. We had wanted to loop, but this trail did not do that. Turns out we had gotten on the last leg of the Muddy Branch Trail! Made a note to look this trail up later for future adventures in MoCo!
The second time was better planned out and Sidekick Pauli was in tow! We headed down the Canyon Trail, crossed over to Blockhouse Point Trail, then out to Blockhouse Point. This was before Sidekick Pauli’s surgery and she was delighted to pull me along the trail smelling all things new and exciting. I was expecting a little more of an overlook, but the views of the river were tremendously satisfying! Pauli was a little antsy, so I let her lead us back to the car instead of heading out to the second overlook on the Paw Paw trail. It looked a bit cloudy and felt like a storm was moving in. Sure enough as soon as we got to the car, the skies opened up! Thank you, Sidekick Pauli, for keeping me dry!!!
The third visit I practically ran down the trails. I wanted to scout out the Paw Paw overlook. I am so glad I did. It is definitely the nicer overlook. Expansive views of the river to the northwest. Very understandable why this point was used in the Civil War. Another neat feature is the C&O Canal is just below the bluffs, so you can “spy” bicyclists, walkers, and horse riders all day if you like while you sit high above on the rocks. haha!
I do need to advise that the Turkey Fan Trail has been rerouted. This caused me a little confusion the first time out there… not hard to figure out…just weird trying to put together where exactly you are on the Blockhouse Point Trail if you have never been to the area. So a heads up!
Also, I’ve heard there is a way to do a big loop by following an unmarked trail behind Calithea Horse Farm, then pick up the C&O Canal. Walking south on the canal to Pennyfield Lock, then up the Muddy Branch Greenway Trail. Hmmm…more trails to explore!
And while I do like winter…I think I will wait for Spring! Hike on!