Parker Conservation Area, Jolly Acres Road at Deer Creek (More)

copyright, Peter H. Anderson, Baltimore, MD, Mar, '99

The Parker Conservation area is a beautiful public resource.

I returned in late March, '99 and parked a few hundred yards north of the Deer Creek bridge. There is a gate on the east side of the road and a drainage cut on the Conservation Area side.

There is a woods road which continually climbs to a point where there is a log across the road and the remains of a stonewall or similar.

At this point, there is a well defined woods road to the left which hugs the side of the hill. I followed this obviously excavated road and was surprised to discover that it dead ends and am confused with the original purpose of the road. I "scrambled" hugging the edge of the hillside. This is quite easy to do as the forest is well developed and aside from wild rhodedendrums there is very little undergrowth. Working generally to the south and west along the ridge, I descended into a marshland and came to the creek at a point that is very unique with a large outcropping of rock, the marsh and a natural meadow. A number of ducks were "hanging out" up stream.

This point can be reached by working your way upstream from the bridge, but there are a number of rock outcroppings that require some rather tricky scrables over rock. No problem for the young, but a bit more dangerous for those of us a bit older.

I worked my way upstream along a clear path quite a distance, beyond the limits of the conservation area and there was no sign of the path terminating. The path is simple in this area, although in the summer, I assume the thorns along the side of the marsh can be inconvenient.

I returned to the area on the down river side of the marsh, at the rock outcropping. I had noted a well defined woods road while scrambling down the bank. However, it is not obvious when near the creek.

I followed this well defined woods road along the marsh, and up, up, up. The stand of timer is impressive, primarily oak, but a few lone cedars and white pines. Up, up, up and I eventually came to the point where the log crosses the woods road.

Note that I took a rather round about route. But, as noted, this is a very easy area to hike off trail. For those desiring a more direct route, you can easily access the creek at the marsh area from the road by hiking the woods road up to the point where the log crosses the trail. Cross the log and continue to the top of the hill. A well defined woods road leads south and down. I did note a fork. Go right and you should descend to the creek along the marsh.