This past Memorial Day Weekend, Jason and I were joined by our BFFs Jess & Rob on a long weekend hiking and camping at Michaux State Forest. Take a look at our trip recap and hopefully you will get some inspiration for your next camping trip!
DAY ONE – CAMPING AT MICHAUX STATE FOREST
Located a little over an hour North of Baltimore, Michaux State Forest turned out to be a great choice for our last minute camping trip. The forest has plenty of primitive campsites available but you can also backpack anywhere throughout the area. Right after work on Friday, we finished gathering supplies and mapped out our journey before taking off.
As soon as we arrived at the park, we noticed a small pile of bones off to the side of the parking lot. I was very excited about the bones (too excited) because I smelled a mystery afoot. Pretty sure it was just from an animal though.
It was getting late and the sun was setting so we chose a spot nearby in the clearing to set up our tents.
Once the campsite was set up, we started on the fire and later enjoyed some of the juiciest and tastiest burgers courtesy of Camp Chef Jason.
DAY 2: LONG PINE RUN RESERVOIR
Ellie was so excited to be camping again. She woke me up a bit earlier than usual, ready to explore.
First order of business is of course Breakfast. On the menu was tasty skillet pancakes.
On this camping trip we tried out instant coffee “bags” which are essentially tea bags but with coffee. Who knew!? They worked out pretty well!
LONG PINE RUN RESERVOIR
After breakfast, we packed up our day packs and set out on our day’s hike. We had decided the night before to travel along the trail that followed the Long Pine Run Reservoir.
The first part of the hike hugged the Reservoir and gave the group beautiful views along the water. Take a peek:
The second half of the trail ran through more heavily wooded and hilly terrain. We spotted a ton of great off grid camping spots along the way that we made note of for our next trip.
We chose to loop our trail back through the reservoir so we could cool off a little in the water.
I don’t know if I’ve stated this too many times or not, but Ellie is obsessed with the water. It is her favorite thing to do right under eating. Nothing tops food. She took one last look at the love of her life before heading back to camp.
After another seriously delicious dinner, we had to get the s’mores out.
Yum! I could really go for one of these right now. Camping is the best.
DAY 3: POLE STEEPLE + THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
My girl was tired from the hike the day before but she still managed to wake me up super early for a bathroom break. It was just as day was breaking so I snagged my camera and enjoyed the sunrise.
We headed back to the tent and got a few more hours of sleep before we were ready to start the day.
Ellie and I decided to do a little exploring before everyone else got up.
We headed out into the woods where we first found the bones and we found a few more among the leaves.
Back at camp, Jason worked on cooking the last of the bacon.
Ellie was really giving me that side-eye hoping for the last piece of bacon.
It was also time for more coffee and some oatmeal with dried fruit to help get the day going.
Our first hike of the day was to the very steep top of the Pole Steeple trail. The climb up to the top isn’t breezy but it does have very rewarding views. You can view the entire park from the top of the rockface including Laurel Lake in the valley and the central ridge of South Mountain. Check it out:
After this hike, we were hot! We tried to hit up one of the public beaches but there were no dogs allowed so we headed on to the next trek of the day and kept our eyes peeled for a stream.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
We were all looking forward to trying out part of the Appalachian Trail while in Michaux so off we went!
We parked our cars near the Bunker Hill Farm historical site. The site displays the stone wall of a farmhouse from the early 1800s that was also at one time a Civilian Conservation Corps site and a prisoner-of-war interrogation center. The wall was largely dilapidated and we learned that just months prior in February, Winter Storm Jonas took out most of the remaining wall.
Jess mapped out a great hike for us and we ended up travelling along the exact halfway mark of the Appalachian Trail.
Our first trail section was mainly flat and very easy going (we even found a little stream.)
But the second half of the hike was much more intense! The trail took us through a bevy of rocky boulders.
Jason is an avid climber so he was more than happy to jump in front and scope out the trail. Ellie went into mountain goat-mode and was taking on each rock like a champ.
After the hike was over it was time to get back to our campsite and make dinner. We had more great food and even started to read a campfire mystery.
But only a few minutes in and we were ready for bed. Ellie had already stole my chair and started snoozing early.
My first time at Michaux State Forest was an absolute blast. The park has so much to offer and I think we got a great taste for the experiences to be had. I’m already looking forward to planning our next trip back!
Have you ever been to Michaux State Forest?
Where are your favorite place to go camping?
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