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Physical Fitness Task Force's 2018 Winter Fitness Hiking


Walk your way to better health and stave off the cold-weather blues with the Physical Fitness Task Force'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. It is recommended that walkers wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring a bottle of water. Layered clothing is advised. Walks are held rain, snow or shine. In case of severe weather forecast, please check www.facebook.com/healthyadamscounty or call 717-337-4137.

Hikes step off at 1:30 p.m., except Jan. 27 Indian Lookout hike which begins at 1:45 p.m. Please arrive a few minutes prior to start to sign in.


Sunday, Nov. 25, Swamp Creek Trail with Naturalist Guide, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

Location address is 1537 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield (www.strawberryhill.org). Explore the stream valley at the heart of Strawberry Hill. A trained naturalist will guide the hike and point out interesting sights and sounds along the way. Trail (3.5 miles) is relatively flat, with a few stream crossings. Hike begins and ends at the historic log cabin. Moderate difficulty.


Sunday, Dec. 9, Mount Saint Mary's Elizabeth DiNunzio Trail

Meet at the intersection of Parking Lots A and B by the Mount Saint Mary's Athletic Center, 16300 Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, Md. The 2.5 trail is relatively flat and is either gravel or sidewalk. Easy hike.


Sunday, Jan. 27, Indian Lookout, Saint Mary's Cemetery, Emmitsburg, Md. 

Take I-15 south, past Mount Saint Mary's College and turn right at Motter Road. Take a quick left onto Saint Anthony's Road and a right onto Grotto Road. Follow Grotto Road to parking lot for Grotto and cemetery. This is a more challenging hike due to steep hills at the start of the walk and also fairly rock terrain. The trail levels off after first half-mile and offers great view of Gettysburg at the turnaround pint (Indian Lookout).  If 2.5 mile hike is too challenging, alternative walk through the Grotto is lovely. Due to parking issues, please do not arrive before 1:15 p.m. Hike will begin at 1:45 p.m.


Sunday, Feb. 24, Slyder Farm, Gettysburg National Military Park

Take Business 15 (Steinwehr Ave./Emmitsburg Rd.) south from Gettysburg. Turn left onto S. Confederate Drive. 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.  Moderate difficulty. 


Sunday, March 10, Bakers Knob or Swamp Creek Trail, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

Option for a difficult 3.5 mile hike with big climb or repeat of Nov. 25 hike. Hike on Baker's Knob trail features walk through unique dry forest with some steep uphill sections. At the rock outcrop summit enjoy a view of the Adams County countryside. A trained naturalist will guide the hike. Trail begins and ends at historic log cabin. Bakers Knob trail is difficult.