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Adams County Physical Task Force suggests you take a hike

I love the New Year. A clean calendar, cards, and notes from people you only hear from once a year, protein shakes go on sale, and of course, resolutions. There is no need to fret about a GET HEALTHY resolution; the Adams County Physical Fitness Task Force has it all planned for you. So fill up your calendar with our schedule. Get out, experience comradery, and start your year with a hike.

Hike your way to better health with Winter Fitness Hikes!  These fully guided hikes are open to beginner and seasoned hikers; we will take breaks as necessary and maintain a moderate group pace.  Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Walks are held rain or shine. In case of severe weather, please check www.facebook.com/healthyadamscounty

Winter Hikes, 2023  

SATURDAY, Dec 17th 1:30 PM, 2 to 3.5 miles each.  Elizabeth DiNunzio Trail at Mount St Mary’s with an optional walk to the Grotto. Meet at the intersection of Parking Lots A and B by the Athletic Center, 16300 Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD. The trail is relatively flat and is constructed of either gravel or sidewalk. Add on an optional walk to the Grotto, Easy.

SUNDAY, Jan 15th, 1:45 PM, Indian Lookout, St Mary’s Cemetery, Emmitsburg, MD  2.5 miles.  Start from the parking lot for the Grotto and cemetery.  This is a more challenging hike due to some steep hills at the start and rocky terrain. An alternative is to do the walk through the Grotto, which is very lovely. 

SATURDAY, Feb 4th 1:30 PM.  Caledonia State Park Ramble Trail 2.3 miles. Park in Lot 2.  Ramble trail follows the millrace of an old rolling mill.  It passes through one of the oldest white pine plantations in PA and is a great place to see woodland birds and easy hiking.  OR opt to climb up the AT – moderate/hard.  There will be a leader for both hikes.      

SUNDAY, Feb 19th, 1:30 PM. Gettysburg Nat’l Military Park Amphitheater, 2 miles.  Park at the GNMP amphitheater on W. Confederate Avenue. Walk/hike on both the equestrian trail and Confederate Ave.  Rated easy and can be extended if desired.

SUNDAY, Mar 26, 1:30 PM Heritage Trail/AT to Chimney Rocks – starting from Old Forge Picnic Grounds, 5 miles.  Park in the picnic area, 8006 Old Forge Rd, Waynesboro, PA.  The hike is on the Appalachian Trail& the Heritage Trail, which is uphill to Chimney Rocks.  The views are great, including a lot of Michaux State Forest and the Waynesboro Reservoir.  The hike returns to the parking lot via the AT.  This is a moderately strenuous hike with 1000 feet of elevation gain over the first 2 miles; we will take breaks but do expect to be challenged.

Ruthmary McIlhenny is a member of the Healthy Adams County Physical Fitness Task Force that meets on the second Friday of each month at 11:45 via zoom.  For information, call 717-337-4137.

See the event posts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/healthyadamscounty) for more information.

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