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Upcoming Healthy Adams County Events

Physical Fitness Task Force's 2017 Summer Fitness Hiking Outings

 

Hike your way to better health with The Physical Fitness Task Force’s guided Summer 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.

 

Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m.: Nature and Quarry Trails with Naturalist Guide, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve(www.StrawberryHill.org) The length of the hike will be 1.5 to 3 miles, weather dependent. The hike will be led by a Physical Fitness Task Force member familiar with the trail.  This trail is a good introduction to the special features of Strawberry Hill. The trail passes through woodlands and wetlands and features some close up glimpses of Swamp Creek. Geology buffs will be thrilled with the outcrops of many varied rocks and minerals found in our quarry. The quarry is also a great area to observe ravens and raptors. The quarry pools, including a larger pond, are important amphibian mating places filled with toads, frogs and newts. This is an easy loop trail with two moderately steep uphill sections.  Cool water will be provided at the start and the finish of the hike.  It is recommended that you bring a water bottle to carry with you on the hike.

 

Monday, July 31, 6 p.m.:  Gettysburg College Painted Turtle Farm Walk

Join the Healthy Options community farming group for a walk around Gettysburg College campus.  Meet at the Painted Turtle Farm at 6 p.m. and learn what they are doing, then head off on a 2 mile walk about 6:30 p.m.  Park at the athletic field/center parking lot near Constitution and Lincoln Ave.

 

Saturday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m.: Beaver Trail along Reservoir just north of Caledonia State Park (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_20031384.pdf)

Take route 30 west out of Gettysburg, all the way to a right turn on PA route 233 towards Caledonia State Park.  Go about 1.75 miles, passing Hosack Run Campground.  Turn left on Milesburn Road, which quickly becomes a dirt road.  Go about 2 miles, staying straight pass the turnoff for the boat ramp and park just before Birch Run Road.  The trail is relatively flat, but has many short ups and downs.  It parallels the reservoir coast and is very peaceful and scenic.  Lovely views of the reservoir and surrounding mountains.

 

Hike Prepared! Trails may be uneven or muddy. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Layered clothing is advised. Walks are held rain or shine, except please check www.facebook.com/healthyadamscounty in case of severe weather.