Re: Historic Trails in/around Washington D.C.
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 7 Aug 1998 10:20:01 -0400
On Thu, 6 Aug 1998, Mark Arend wrote:
> At 09:13 PM 8/5/98 -0400, Dave Colangelo wrote:
> > Our troop is planning a visit to the Washington, D.C. area next
> >year. We'd like to spend a few days in the capitol and would like to
> >catch another trail on the way to/from D.C.
> Check out the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. It runs
> from Washington to western Maryland. I've never been able to hike/bike it
> but I've wanted to for a long time. Perhaps someone in the area knows more
> about it. Cheryl? anyone?
Well, it's a beautiful park, its entire length -- or so I've heard; I've
never really SEEN the middle, only the parts at Cumberland MD and the part
at Great Falls MD/VA and at Georgetown DC.
There are some great camping places up around Cumberland and lots of
historic stuff there -- May I recommend (g) Dan's Mountain, Rocky Gap
State Park, and Old Town Md? Dan's Mnt is named for Daniel Cresap, whose
father founded Old Town sometime in the 1700s and who surveyed and laid
out the road now known as Braddock's Trail (US 40W of Cumberland). Mind
you, this is an *utterly* disinterested suggestion, even if I am
Genealogist for the Cresap Society! (BG)
Might also enjoy Harper's Ferry National Historical Park, site of John
Brown's Raid, and home to Jefferson's Rock, a pinnacle from which you can
see three states and two rivers and which is WELL within the
hiking/climbing capabilities of anyone not on crutches (Hey, *I* climbed it!)
And of course, the ever-popular Applachian Trail is in the vicinity. For
kicks, you might want to Hike the ENTIRE WVa portion of it to pick up a
patch; I b'lieve that's considered a 1-day hike. Drivers could drop you
off at one end and pick you up at the other and the driver (if shopping
inclined could drop by the Martinsburg outlet mall; or if historically
inclined could go to HF;) could entertain him/herself a few hours.
Details will take some time to dig out, but I'm willing if anyone cares.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City