Mid-Atlantic fall hikes [Pictures]
The simple act of going for a walk becomes an adventure when the weather turns crisp and Mid-Atlantic trees change color. Check out these area hiking trails to get a breath of fresh air, to commune with nature and to get a glimpse of our region's rich history. See the untamed wilds of West Virginia. Walk into the past to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. Watch birds of prey soaring over the mountains of Pennsylvania. Just get outside and go.
-- Clare Lochary, For The Baltimore Sun
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Old Misery Trail( Doug Kapustin, Baltimore Sun / August 22, 2006 )
Location: Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont, Md.
Details: 8 a.m. to sunset, April to October; 10 a.m. to sunset, November to March. Maryland residents $3 per vehicle; other states $5 per vehicle.
Length: 2 miles one way.
Local color: Truth in advertising -- Old Misery Trail is a challenging hike, one of the most difficult of the nine trails in Cunningham Falls State Park, shown above. The journey leads you to Cat Rock, at an elevation of 1,560 feet, with soaring views of the Western Maryland countryside.