Sweetgum Hollow  LbNA # 41116

Placed DateJun 22 2008
LocationRidgely, MD
Planted ByTulip Poplar    
Found By grumbybear
Last Found May 17 2014
Hike Distance?

This letterbox is hidden on the grounds of Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre native garden and plant preserve located on Maryland's Eastern Shore at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe River. For directions, visit the Arboretum's website at www.adkinsarboretum.org.

After parking your car in the visitor's parking lot, check in at the Visitor's Center. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children ages five and up. Admission includes access to the Arboretum grounds, visitor's center, and nursery, a map and audio tour.

Exit from the back of the Visitor's Center. Turn right on the path toward the woodlands. The path will split by a signpost reading "Woodland Walks." Bear right into the woods. Cross a bridge spanning the Blockston Branch and admire skunk cabbage in the spring and water bugs in the summer. Cross the bridge and turn left. Proceed past a marker labeled "southern arrow-wood" and cross a second bridge. If you are visiting the Arboretum in warm weather, look for frogs, toads, and harmless snakes beneath the bridge. Shortly beyond the second bridge will be a third bridge. Cross this bridge and continue on.

Just past the third bridge, you will find a tulip poplar tree on your left surrounded by a wooden platform. Peer into the hollow at the base of the towering tulip poplar tree. This hollow provides shelter and collects fresh rainwater for forest creatures. From the tulip poplar platform, proceed approximately 100 feet, passing by markers for a black oak and a blackgum tree. There will be an unmarked sweetgum tree on your right with a hollow at its base. Find the letterbox nestled in the hollow.

Please treat this letterbox in a gentle, clean, and kindly fashion and share any damage you find with staff at the Visitor's Center. Happy hunting and enjoy the rest of your visit at Adkins Arboretum!