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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Skyline Trail( Benjamin Hayes, courtesy of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary / October 2, 2012 )
Location: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, Pa.
Details: $8 Adults and seniors, $4 children over 5 on weekends, $6 for adults and $3 for children on weekdays. Free admission for members and children under 5. No dogs allowed on sanctuary property.
Length: 2.2 miles, one way.
Local color: The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is home to 14 species of hawks, falcons and eagles, and it has a visitors center with a free Saturday-afternoon lecture series. This difficult hike will take you to the top of Hawk Mountain and along its spine. You'll see the Blue Ridge mountains below, and lots of big birds above, especially during fall migration.