Gold Mine Tract - C&O Canal National Historic Park
This 528 acre tract is the largest Piedmont Forest in Maryland. Although it is not true old-growth, the towering hardwood trees and the gently rolling woodland floor will take your breath with their beauty. The dominant species are tuliptree and a mixture of oaks. Wildlife includes abundant deer, fox and woodpeckers. The forest gets its name from the traces of gold mining ruins that are still visible. This forest is adjacent to the Great Falls of the Potomac River. While most visitors to the busy area will be heading toward the river, you will head the opposite direction into the relaxing forest. Begin the blue blazed trail uphill behind the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center.