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Copy editor Sean hiked recently in Cook Forest State Park in Pennsylvania./Ellen Matis

With travel still not recommended across the Mid-Atlantic as the result of COVID-19, the Recreation News team has been looking for other ways to get outdoors and explore. And what better way than by getting back to nature?

This month, instead of writing an editor’s note about how we still can’t travel in the same way we used to, I asked the team to share some of their favorite places to enjoy the great outdoors. My hope is that you’ll be inspired to take a drive and enjoy a socially distant hike or bike with practicing safety precautions.

As always, you can find more inspiration for your next adventure on our website at www.RecreationNews.com.

— Ellen

C&O Canal Towpath, Maryland and D.C.

Karl Teel, Publisher

“My favorite trail is the C&O Canal Towpath. Years ago, we camped and biked the entire length, at the time 184 Miles over four days. Starting in Georgetown in Washington, D.C., all the way to Cumberland, Maryland, the trail featured rich history, varied and stunning scenery and tranquility all the way.”

Shingle Mill Trail, Black Moshannon State Park, Pennsylvania

Ellen Matis, Creative Editor

“My favorite place to enjoy nature is along the water on the Shingle Mill Trail. It’s an out-and-back trail covering a little over three and a half miles, and has unique terrain. Sometimes, we’ll take our kayaks to the park to enjoy a float on the lake in the state park following our hike.”

Forest Cathedral, Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania

Sean Yoder, Copy Editor

“Cook Forest State Park is known for its stands of old-growth forest. The Forest Cathedral looks so much different than many of the trails we hike in Pennsylvania because so much of the region was logged. I have an excellent video of the trail as the late morning summer sun is coming in through the ‘ancients.’ It’s a short trail but the flora is breathtaking, so it’s worth checking out then combining with some of the other connecting trails.”

Maryland Heights, Harper’s Ferry, Maryland

Amy Myers, Assigning Editor

“My favorite place to explore is Maryland Heights in Harper’s Ferry. It’s a hard uphill all the way to the overlook, but that view is so worth it.”

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park, Leesburg, Virginia

Kathryn Hoke, Account Executive

“My favorite trails are the Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park in Leesburg, VA. This out of the way park has 67 acres of trails and is home to several historic buildings, which I love exploring. The trails are not difficult which is perfect for my young kids and small dog! We always pack snacks and drinks and work our way down to the Potomac River and wave to Maryland, where I’m originally from.”

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