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A feast of foliage

October 19, 2008|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE
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At Sharpsburg Pike, turn right and drive through Tilghmanton to Manor Church Road and turn right. Manor Church Road is another winding, twisty road, so slow down. In about three miles, Manor Church will dead-end into Wheeler Road. Turn left, then immediately veer right onto Monroe Road. Follow Monroe a country mile back to Potomac Street in Boonsboro. Turn left and you're back where you started.

- Lifestyle editor Chris Copley

Take in the colorful trees on Blue Ridge Mountain. Start on Pa. 16 East from Rouzerville to Blue Ridge Summit, and down toward Emmitsburg, Md.

Another good area is from Jacks Mountain Road, which is off of Pa. 16 east of Blue Ridge Summit, to Fairfield, Pa. (This is all in Adams County)

- Lifestyle page designer Amy Dulebohn

Southern Washington County tour - Begin at the square in Sharpsburg and head south on Harpers Ferry Road. Harpers Ferry Road winds south, passes the old Antietam Iron Works near the mouth of the Antietam Creek, and turns eastward, away from the Potomac River. Just past Bethel Church (on the right side), you'll come to Hoffmaster Road (on the left). Turn left onto Hoffmaster and drive about two winding, twisting, wooded miles along South Mountain's flank. Hoffman deadends at Harpers Ferry Road at the Potomac River. Turn right and take Harpers Ferry Road back to Sharpsburg, or turn right and follow the road through the riverside community of Sandy Hook. Follow the signs and you can cross two rivers and get to Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

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- Lifestyle editor Chris Copley

The Appalachian Trail - Drive east from Hagerstown on U.S. 40, up South Mountain and past the entrance to Greenbrier Park. Just beyond the U.S. 40 bridge over Interstate 70, there's a parking area on the right side of the road. This is at an entrance to the Appalachian Trail. Park, walk toward Interstate 70 and you'll see a sign announcing the trail entrance.

Walk past the sign and follow faded, white footprints to a footbridge leading over the highway. Option 1 - Easier hike: Go over the bridge and follow the trail past houses, over Boonsboro Mountain Road and up a gentle, wooded incline. Option 2 - Strenuous hike: Before crossing the highway on the footbridge, turn right and walk under the U.S. 40 overpass. Follow the trail up a steep, rocky path to the top of South Mountain.

Walk 30 minutes in either direction, then turn around and return for a wonderful hour of hiking and autumn color.

- Lifestyle editor Chris Copley

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