Hike your way to better health and stave off the cold-weather blues with Healthy Adams County’s guided Winter Fitness Hikes! Hiking is a great aerobic activity. These fully-guided hikes are open to beginner and seasoned hikers; we will take breaks as necessary and maintain a moderate group pace. Safety and support are top priorities, and we will practice Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. Hikes step off at 1:30 pm, except Indian Lookout at 1:45pm. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. Sponsored by The Physical Fitness Task Force of Healthy Adams County and Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve.
November 25 - Swamp Creek Trail with Naturalist Guide, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Explore the stream valley at the heart of Strawberry Hill. A trained Naturalist will guide this hike and point out interesting sights and sounds along the way. Trail is relatively flat, with a few stream crossings. The hike begins and ends at the historic log cabin. Moderate difficulty.
December 9 - Mount Saint Mary’s Elizabeth DiNunzio Trail
Meet at the intersection of Parking Lots A and B by the Athletic Center, 16300 Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD. From Interstate 15, two miles south of the PA border, take a left on College Lane and proceed to parking lots. The trail is relatively flat and is constructed of either gravel or sidewalk. Easy.
January 27 - Indian Lookout St. Mary’s Cemetery, Emmitsburg, MD
Take U.S. 15 south, past Mount St Mary’s College and make a right turn on Motter Rd, a quick left on St Anthony’s Rd and right on Grotto Rd. Follow it to the parking lot for the Grotto and cemetery. This is a more challenging hike due to some steep hills at the start and also fairly rocky terrain. The first 0.2 miles are the steepest, if this is too much for you, the approximately one mile walk through the Grotto is very lovely. The trail levels off after the first 0.5 mile and offers a great view of Gettysburg at the turnaround point (Indian Lookout). Hiking boots are recommended. A walking stick and/or binoculars might be handy. Due to parking issues, please do not arrive before 1:15, this hike starts at 1:45.
February 24 - Slyder Farm. Gettysburg National Military Park
Take Business 15 (Steinwehr Ave/Emmitsburg Road) South from Gettysburg. Turn left on S. Confederate Drive (into battlefield). Park in lot on right - before the road becomes one-way. The hike crosses Slyder Farm’s fields, then climbs through the woods at the base of Big Round Top, and returns across a different portion of Slyder Farm. Expect a quiet winter experience reminiscent of the nineteenth century. Moderate difficulty.
March 10 - Bakers Knob OR Swamp Trail, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
Option for a difficult hike with a big climb or a repeat of the Nov 25 hike. As you walk up Baker’s Knob you enter a unique dry forest. The trail has some steep uphill sections. At the rock outcrop summit enjoy a view of the Adams County countryside far below. A trained Naturalist will guide this hike and point out interesting sights and sounds along the way. Trail begins and ends at the historic log cabin.
Hike prepared! Trails may be uneven and muddy or snowy. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Layered clothing is advised. Walks are held snow or shine, but please check www.facebook.com/healthyadamscounty in case of ice or other weather cancellations.