• Take a hike! This total body workout does it all

    Taking a hike can be one of the best cardiovascular, total body workouts. But it can also help fight a number of chronic health conditions including high blood pressure and depression.

  • Start the new year with a ‘First Day’ hike

    If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthy, why not start outdoors? Dress warmly, put on your hiking shoes and head to a national or state park.

  • Hikers behaving badly: Appalachian Trail partying raises ire

    BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine (AP) — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring — not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he…

  • Appalachian Trail launches voluntary thru-hiker registration

    HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has launched a voluntary registration system for people attempting to hike the entire trail. The conservancy says the goal is to protect the 2,185-mile-long trail from…

  • Maryland approves 30 miles of new trails

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it’s building 30 miles of new trails connecting state parks and forests in Garrett County. The agency said Wednesday that the project’s first phase…

  • Hiking and learning on the Civil War battlefields

    There are more than 300 miles of trails to explore in the 24 national parks designated as significant battlegrounds of the Civil War. The trails offer more than just a typical hike but a come with a sense of history.

  • Parks could start plowing Capital Crescent Trail next winter

    Montgomery Parks on Thursday said it could plow its part of the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda for less than $60,000 with a pilot program starting next winter.

  • Take a hike: Local trails and area excursions

    Dealing with the day-to-day grind in the Washington area can leave you feeling a bit claustrophobic. Get out in the open air and go for a hike at one of these local spots.