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10 things to do in Washington County

10 things to do in Washington County

Antietam National Historic Battlefield. The Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg, as the South called it) is known as claiming more than 23,000 men killed, wounded, and missing in one single day. Also on Antietam Battlefield land is the Dunker Church, a house of worship, Bloody Lane, Burnside Bridge, National Cemetery and more.
Catoctin Mountain Park. The Park is part of the forested Catoctin Mountain ridge that forms the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains. Originally planned to provide recreational camps for Federal employees, one of the camps eventually became the home of the Presidential retreat, Camp David. The Presidential retreat is not open or accessible to the public; however the eastern hardwood forest of Catoctin Mountain Park does have many other attractions for visitors, some of which include: camping, picnicking, fishing, 25 miles (40 km) of hiking trails, and scenic mountain vistas.
Doub's Woods Park. Established in 1953, this park was the first park in Washington County. The Park is located between E. Russell Hicks Middle and Emma K. Doub Elementary schools in the south end of town. Nestled in thick, beautiful woods, the park has two picnic pavilions, play equipment, horseshoe courts, restrooms, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, and a Performing Arts Pavilion.
City Park. Located in the south end of Hagerstown, the City Park has lakes complete with ducks, swans, and geese. The Park, 501 Virginia Avenue, has two pavilions, a gazebo pavilion located near the lake, play equipment, a lighted tennis court, horseshoe pits, three softball fields, and a band shell. The Hagerstown Municipal Band performs Sunday evening concerts at the band shell and various groups perform gospel concerts on Wednesday evenings.
The Mansion House. Occupied by the Valley Art Association, the House sits high on a hill by the main playground and concession stand. Visitors are welcome to tour the House, which is filled to the brim with local artists' work. There visitors can learn about the found of City Park, John Heyser (1846). The Washington County Arts Museum is also located within the park near the large pond. Within the walls of the Arts Museum, visitors can enjoy Hagerstown's history while getting a glimpse into centuries worth of local artisans.
The Appalachian Trail. This trail is a footpath across 2,168 miles of Appalachian Mountain that runs from Georgia to Maine. Almost 40 miles of the Trail crosses Maryland, most of which follow the ridgeline of South Mountain. Whether your goal is scenic beauty, history, bird and wildlife watching, exercise, or just wanting to get away from it all, the Appalachian Trail offers all these things and much more.
C & O Canal. The Canal is another great outdoor place to visit. Fifty-six miles of the 184-mile towpath are located in Washington County. The towpath is excellent for hiking, as well as horseback riding, walking, boating, and fishing. The canal stretches from Georgetown in Washington DC to Cumberland, Maryland, but the portion of towpath in Washington County and further west is the most peaceful and serene.
The Western Maryland Rail Trail. Perfect for biker, hikers, walkers and inline skaters. The rail trail is currently about 20 miles long, beginning about 1/2 mile west of historic Fort Frederick State Park in Washington County, following the former Western Maryland Railroad line through Hancock, Maryland.

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