I saw an interesting PBS show on the Chesapeake. Of particular interest to me was the part on Mallows Bay and its history as a ship graveyard. It looks like a fascinating paddle.
Has anyone paddled there? If so, can you give a quick trip report, e.g. launch sites, time needed to really explore it. Maybe some other nearby paddling opportunities or other activities such as hiking or biking.
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I hope to visit soon|
Posted by: benglert on Jun-03-13 9:26 AM (EST)
I have not been there yet but below is a link to info on water trails for Charles Co, MD. Item #2 on the second page has some information about Mallows Bay and the facilities available there.
Posted by: Kocho on Jun-03-13 10:00 AM (EST)
Updated access info|
Posted by: benglert on Jun-03-13 12:40 PM (EST)
This link looks to describe an updated access point that isn't as far away as described on the Water Trail brochure.
Posted by: davbart on Jun-03-13 5:10 PM (EST)
Looks like I'm going to have to put this on the list. From the info, it looks like a few day trips could be done making the drive worthwhile.
I did not notice you plan to travel here|
Posted by: Kocho on Jun-03-13 5:25 PM (EST)
A hike to Great Falls is a good thing to do. You could of course just park at the falls and walk over in 10 minutes, or you could make it a fairly strenuous hike if you go on the Billy Goat trail a bit below the falls on the Maryland side. The views of the falls are arguably better from the observation decks on the Virginia side, but the hike is better on the Maryland side.
Posted by: davbart on Jun-04-13 9:49 AM (EST)
A lot of good ideas, I particularly like the idea of seeing the monuments from the water. A perspective that I haven't seen.
I didn't kayak then...|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-05-13 8:43 AM (EST)
...but I used to be stationed in DC (Coast Guard) and Mallows Bay was in our AOR. Now that I am into kayaking, if I ever go back, I want to check this out. The history on this place is very interesting, and I actually put a report together for my CO at the time on the history of the place. The ships were the WWI version of the WWII Liberty Ships, except they were coal powered, leaked like no other, and in order to carry enough coal to cross the ocean, they could hardly carry any cargo. Huge flop. The remains of about 100 of the original 300 or so ships are here. pretty much, durring the Great Depression, they lined them up, stripped them of anything of value, burned them to the water line, and then recovered anything metal they could (even the nails holding them together). The operation was originally done at the Alexandria water front, but they had to move it to Mallows Bay after they almost burned down Alexandria. There is also a 40's or 50's era (IIRC) car ferry at the southern end of Mallows Bay. I would not try to board this vessel as it is nothing more than rust held together by rust, and have heard reports of people getting seriously injured trying to go onboard and look around. I would try to plan it durring the time of year where the water is more on the clear side. The Patomic can be pretty dirty at times. Most of the remains of the ships are about 2-3 feet below the surface, though there are a few that have become islands, with trees growing out of them and all. Not a good place to take an inflateable though.
Posted by: RiverMystic on Jun-05-13 12:12 PM (EST)
I paddled there many times. Since I live in Virginia, not Maryland, I always put in at Quantico. Enter the Quantico Marine base, tell them you are going to launch from the park in the town of Quantico (the Marines call it "Q" town). It is about 3 miles each way to Mallows Bay. Below is a link of my favorite picture I took there.
Just don't go there.....|
Posted by: jen724 on Jun-05-13 1:51 PM (EST)
....in an inflatable.
Mallows Bay Meetup - July 20th|
Posted by: Kocho on Jun-25-13 2:30 PM (EST)