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Places to...enjoy the outdoors

Summer and the outdoors go hand in hand. Grab the family and head outside!

Antietam Creek is a tributary of the Potomac River located in south central Pennsylvania and western Maryland in the United States. The creek became famous as a focal point of the Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War. The total length of the creek is 41 miles (65 km). The day of the battle is known as "the day Antietam Creek ran red" due to the blood of thousands of Union casualties mixing with the creek waters.
The creek is noted for numerous well preserved stone arch bridges dating to the 19th century that still traverse the creek, the most famous of which is the 125-foot long Burnside Bridge in the Antietam National Battlefield.
Art in the Park is hosted by The Contemporary School of the Arts and takes place at Hagerstown's City Park, centered around the Band Shell. Visitors can participate in workshops and children's activities as well as viewing displays of artwork and history. This event is set for Sunday, June 18 from 1-5p.m.
Fifty-six miles of the 184-mile C&O Towpath are located in Washington County. The towpath is excellent for hiking, as well as horseback riding, 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 restored towpath, bridges, locks, and aqueducts provide an interesting historical context. The trail is accessible in Williamsport and Hancock, and services are provided at major access points.
C&O Canal Days is an annual event that takes place at Byron Memorial Park and in the town of Williamsport on August 26 and 27, 2006 from 10a.m.-5p.m. on both days. Enjoy craft and food vendors, trolley rides, Williamsport history, Civil War encampment, lockhouse tours and much more.
Doub's Woods is the first county park, which was established in 1953. Doub's Woods is a great place to take the family as there are several playgrounds, paved walk paths, picnic areas, band shell where plays and concerts take place throughout the summer months. Doub's Woods is located between South Hagerstown High School and the South End shopping center, Hagerstown.
Fort Frederick State Park: The focal point of this state park is the restored 1756 fort used during the French and Indian War, providing visitors with a historical perspective of that time period. The nearby C&O Canal runs through the park complementing such activities as hiking, biking, camping, boating and picnicking. Other services include interpretive programs and concessions.
Gathland State Park is an excellent choice for the nature lover as it offers picturesque hiking trails and several picnicking sites. Visitors can view a century-old stone monument dedicated to war correspondents. Gathland is located one mile east of MD 67 on Gapland Road south of Boonsboro.
Greenbrier State Park circles a 43-acre lake that provides swimming, fishing, and boating. This popular park also offers picnicking, camping, interpretive programs, nature trails, and concessions. The park is conveniently located eight miles east of Hagerstown off of U.S. 40.
Hagerstown Fireworks is a huge event at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park on July 4, 2006. Visitors to this event will enjoy live entertainment, food, and family activities, which begin at 6p.m. with fireworks at 9:30p.m
Jonathan Hager Frontier Craft Days is another great place to take the family. Taking place at the Jonathan Hager House & Museum beside Hagerstown's City Park, this event is set for August 5 and 6, 2006 from 11a.m.-5p.m Jonathan Hager Frontier Craft Days is Hagerstown's oldest and largest craft show.
MSO Annual Salute To Independence at Antietam National Battlefield has something for everyone. Set for July 1, 2006 at 7:30p.m., the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present Vintage Americana-light classical and patriotic music, complete Tchaikovskys 1812 Overture with cannon fire. Fireworks will follow concert.
Sharpes Burgh Founder's Day: On July 8, 2006 the town of Sharpsburg will celebrate their 243rd birthday during from 9a.m.-3p.m Browse Town Hall exhibits and enjoy Colonial Kids Camp, grades 3-8 at Washington County Agricultural & Education Center for hands-on living history demonstrations.
Washington County Agriculture Expo is an annual event set this year for July 21-28, 2006 at the Washington County Ag Center, seven miles south of Hagerstown on the Sharpsburg Pike. Visitors will enjoy county fair livestock shows, rodeo, tractor pulls, and good food. It's great fun for the whole family.
Washington Monument State Park is home to the first monument built in honor of George Washington in addition to offering camping for youth groups, picnicking, and shelters. Located four miles east of Boonsboro, the park also has access to the Appalachian Trail.
Wild West Showdown is a wonderful show that takes place at Antietam Recreation, 9729 Garis Shop Road, Hagerstown from 6-9:30p.m. on July 8, 15, 22, and 29. Visitors will take part in fun outdoor activities, a dinner buffet and an exciting drama production with World Champion Roper Andy Rotz.
Williamsport Fireworks begins at 5p.m. on July 4 at Byron Memorial Park. Fireworks will follow the live music and planned activities.

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