One of the most beautiful times of the year to hike the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is approaching as autumn colors begin to appear.
The images on this page are from the Maryland portion of the trail, which runs along the ridge of South Mountain from the Potomac River to the Pennsylvania border and is approximately 40.5 miles long.
David Reus, recreation project coordinator for the trail, said 3 million to 4 million people a year use the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail, which runs from Maine to Georgia. Reus said a pilot study was done this past summer to get a better idea of how many people visit the trail. The results of the study, which focused on the trail from Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania, should be out this winter.
The Herald-Mail invites readers to share their Appalachian Trail photos for an online slide show at www.herald-mail.com.
The photos should show the beauty and ruggedness of the trail experience, and they should not be posed or digitally manipulated. Include a brief description of where and when the picture was shot, and your name and town. Submit by e-mail only to: firstname.lastname@example.org; put "Appalachian Trail" in the subject line.