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Anniversary hike begins April 18

March 14, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Although Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas's hike along the C&O Canal lasted from March 20-27, 1954, the 50th anniversary will be celebrated in April.

This year's hikers also will have an easier pace.

The Douglas crew covered about 22 miles per day in 1954.

The 50th anniversary hike, which will start in Cumberland, Md., on April 18, will average about 13 miles per day. It will end in Georgetown on May 1.

The C&O Canal Association has 70 slots for its members. Barbara Sheridan of Charles County, Md., the co-chair of the association's anniversary hike committee, said people are coming from as far as Washington state, Colorado and California to participate in the event.

Most signed up to hike and camp the entire way, Sheridan said.

The public can join the group for day hikes.

For Washington County residents, convenient points might be Tonoloway Picnic Area on April 23, McCoy's Ferry on April 24, Williamsport on April 25, Dam 4 on April 26 and Antietam Creek Campground on April 27.

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Day hikers should be at each point by 8:30 a.m. and bring water and lunch.

A full schedule is available at www.nps.gov/choh/News/douglashike.htm.

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