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By JULIE E. GREENE | September 30, 2007
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.
By DAVE McMILLION | August 30, 2009
KNOXVILLE -- So you're backpacking on the nearby Appalachian Trail and you need a bed tonight instead of sleeping on the hard ground. How about one for $21? That's how much it costs at the Harpers Ferry Hostel, a place where residents share facilities in an atmosphere that is designed to foster peace and understanding between people. There is a 12-bed male dormitory and a 12-bed female dormitory in the hostel at 19123 Sandy Hook Road, and guests share a kitchen to prepare meals.
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 10, 2006
Maryland State Police said Sunday they were investigating human remains that were found Friday afternoon near Pen Mar. Police said the remains had been there for several years, and investigators were working to identify the body. As of Sunday, there were several possible IDs, police said, but nothing was official. An archaeologist was taken to the scene by Grey Rock Road near the Appalachian Trail, where the body was found, police said. Additional details were not available Sunday, and police said the incident was still under investigation.
September 19, 2005
Fort Frederick Eighteen miles west of Hagerstown in Big Pool off Md. 56, this is Maryland's first state park. It features the stone fort built during the French and Indian War to protect English settlers from the French and their Indian allies. It also features a riverfront campsite and areas for picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating and concessions. Gathland One mile east of Md. 67 on Gapland road south of Boonsboro, this park offers hiking and picnicking and a century-old stone monument dedicated to war correspondents.
November 27, 2009
The U.S. Marshals Service is looking for a Waynesboro, Pa., man who authorities believe is hiding out near the Appalachian Trail in the area of Pen Mar Park. A Marshals Service spokesman said Friday that the Drug Enforcement Administration declared Van Dorn Palmer III, 59, of Waynesboro, a fugitive after he recently failed to appear before the U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pa. Palmer was indicted July 1 for distribution of marijuana, conspiracy and other included offenses, according to a press release from the Marshals Service.
December 10, 2011
The JFK 50-Mile Ultramarathon is on the brink of its 50th year of existence. Celebrating President Kennedy's commitment to fitness, the event has brought thousands of runners to the hills and hollows of Washington County, including a 13-mile stretch on the Appalachian Trail, itself a venerable icon of outdoor activity. The race is historic in its own right, and has become part of the county's identity, much like the annual Salute to Independence at Antietam.  On a national scale, the same can be said for the Appalachian Trail.
By HARRY NOGLE | July 19, 2011
What is hiking but little more than “a walk in the woods,” as Bill Bryson wrote in his best-selling book about his attempt at a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail? A hike might be a walk in the woods, but it also can be a walk in a meadow, or along a brook, or on a boardwalk across wetlands. Hiking is walking, and many consider walking the best exercise, and almost anyone can hike at some level. “Hiking is a wonderful way not only to participate in aerobic exercise, but also to clear your head,” said board-certified family physician Ray Sahelian ( )
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | February 19, 2000
BOONSBORO - Among the more than 100 people who hit the Appalachian Trail Saturday for the three-mile "Cherry Pie Hike" were a grandfather and his three grandsons, and two young sisters from Australia. The morning event was held to celebrate George Washington's birthday, to promote the goals of the Friends of the Washington Monument organization and to provide its participants with a good time. The hike, which ended with cherry pie, and hot coffee or hot chocolate for the participants, was an annual event through the 1980s that dropped off in the early 1990s.
By JENNIFER FITCH | February 15, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The 229 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania received a promise for additional protections when Gov. Ed Rendell signed Act 24 last summer. At the heart of the law is a call for trailside zoning, something already in place in the five municipalities through which the trail runs in Franklin County. They are Washington, Quincy, Guilford, Greene and Southampton townships. Franklin County's Bureau of Forestry land also better positions it to ensure longtime trail preservation, County Planning Director Phil Tarquino said.
August 6, 2003
Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services had 97 calls for service in July. Of those calls, 15 were to Frederick County, Md., four to Franklin County, Pa., and one to Adams County, Pa. Fifteen calls were in the Smithsburg town limits, 10 in the Mount Aetna area, eight in the Cascade area, seven in the Leitersburg area, and five to the Hagerstown area. The most common call types, 31, were for trouble breathing and vehicle accidents. A total of 54 patients were taken to Washington County Hospita, three were taken to Waynesboro Hospital and two were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital.
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