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Rocky Run Shelter on Appalachian Trail restored

October 27, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

BOONSBORO -- The chestnut logs used to construct the Rocky Run Shelter began to rot after about 60 years, and Maryland Park Service Ranger Tammy McCorkle said the structure was "in really bad shape."

The shelter was revived recently and has reopened after a group of volunteers worked to restore it using recycled material, she said.

The Rocky Run Shelter was dedicated Sunday during a ceremony.

The shelter is in one of six shelter areas along the 41 miles of the Appalachian Trail that run through Maryland where hikers can spend the night. Rocky Run Shelter is about one mile off Reno Monument Road in the Boonsboro area.

McCorkle said the volunteers, a group called the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, also built another shelter near Rocky Run, which fits about 16 hikers. The newly restored Rocky Run Shelter can hold about six people.

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"We decided to save the historic shelter," McCorkle said. "There's a lot of history behind it."

She said the group repaired the historic structure "in the same way it was done in the '40s." The shelter's wooden shingle roof was repaired, and old, rotting logs were replaced with new ones.

In the vicinity of the aging Rocky Run shelter, the volunteers also constructed a second shelter from a "log kit."

McCorkle said both were finished earlier this fall, and are in use.

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