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Heritage Hike along C&O Canal towpath set for Nov. 1

October 09, 2008

HANCOCK - The C&O Canal Association's annual Heritage Hike will be Saturday, Nov. 1.

There will be three hiking options along the C&O Canal towpath, all beginning and ending at Fort Frederick.

The hikes include a 13-mile hike to Little Tonoloway in Hancock (mile 124.5), a nine-mile hike to Little Pool Campground (mile 120) and a five-mile hike to Licking Creek Aqueduct (mile 116).

Restrooms are available on each of those treks.

Hike participants will need to park their vehicles and meet a shuttle bus in the Fort Frederick State Park Visitors Center parking area. Bus transportation will be provided to the starting points of the three hikes.

Participants in the longest hike (Hancock) should arrive at Fort Frederick by 9:45 a.m. with departure at 10 a.m. For the other two hikes, participants should arrive by 10:45 a.m. with departure at 11 a.m.

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A third departure will be at 12:30 p.m. for any remaining hikers, but only will drop off participants at Little Pool and Licking Creek.

Hikers can walk back to Fort Frederick at their own pace.

At 4:30 p.m., hikers will gather at the American Legion in Clear Spring for a dinner buffet. Guest speaker Karen Gray will discuss a 1904 boat trip down the C&O Canal from Cumberland, Md. Photographs of the trip will be shown at the presentation.

For information on the hikes, the dinner and costs, send an e-mail to Dorothea Malsbary at programs@candocanal.org or go to the C&O Canal Association's Web site at www.candocanal.org.

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