Trail Area

Soldiers Delight NEA

About This Area

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“Soldiers Delight Serpentine Barrens is located in the Soldiers Delight National Environmental Area in western Baltimore County. The barrens are underlain by serpentinite, a rock that contains very little quartz and aluminum-bearing minerals and consists mainly of serpentine. When serpentinite weathers most of the rock dissolves leaving behind a thin, sand- and clay-poor soil which is easily eroded. Therefore the land surface over serpentinites is stony, unfertile and sparsely vegetated – hence the term “serpentine barren.” Typically a serpentine barren contains scrub oak and pine, cedar, grasses and some unique and rare wildflowers.” http://www.mgs.md.gov/geology/geology_tour/soldiers_delight.html

More info can be found http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/soldiersdelight.aspx

Area Features

Rangers Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Trash Disposal No

Trail Contributor

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