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Washington Monument State Park
Based on 8 traveler reviews
Dec 21, 2013 by: mikebickerson from South Jersey
Hiked into this lovely little state park on the Appalachian Trail, which cuts right through the middle of the park. Can't speak for an entrance fee, because they didn't charge folks walking on the trail. Coming in from the north, you hit the tower first. This was a monument built spontaneously by hand by folks from the nearby town to commemorate George Washington way back on July 4, 1827. It was later rebuilt and repaired by the CCC in the 1930s (someone blew half of it up with dynamite). The climb is well worth it, but the views from either the top or the bottom are great. Stairs were narrow, but it was very cool inside on a hot August day! Afterwards, it's a gravely path down to the parking lot. We enjoyed having plenty of water to drink, then explored the museum on the site. It was informative about the history of the monument (and an interesting history it has!) and about the small battles that occurred in these mountains during the Civil War. Well worth a twenty minute walk-through. There is also an overnight hikers lot available for those wanting to hike this section of the AT and sleep out in the woods.
America's First Monument to George Washington!
Nov 25, 2013 by: Rachel N from Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, United States
What a little gem. There is a quarter mile slight uphill walk to this stone cairn/tower type monument. It's worth the walk for the spectacular view. You can see how the mtn was used by Civil War signal corps. Sweet little museum and lots of historic places to visit nearby. Small fee.
Easy short hike for a great view
Nov 08, 2013 by: leahkc17 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
We stumbled upon the park on our way to Antietam as a quick stop on a road trip home. It's not very large, but very scenic and in the middle of the country. It's a short little 5-10 minute hike to get to the top of the mountain and see the tower. Gorgeous view, but very windy. The stairs to get to the top of the tower are a little wet and narrow and you can get almost the same view from the bottom.
The view is terrific
Oct 18, 2013 by: cyndywill8 from Freeland, Michigan
This is a state park; price is $2.00 per car if in state; and $4.00 per car if out of state resident.It opens at dawn and closes at dusk. The roads to get there are fun to drive, curvy and hilly. The Appalachian Trail goes right through the park. You drive to the parking area where the "round" Washington Monument is. There are restrooms. There is a pavilion you can rent there; although it was so small I wonder who rents it. It is a short walk to the monument but is on an incline, but it is a flat path. The area around the monument allows for views of the valley below. The monument is open and has around 30 steps. At the top there is an area for about 8 people to stand. The day we arrived there were birders at the top of the monument counting migrating birds of prey. The birds follow the updrafts along the ridge at that location. It was a nice view, (not much color) but not something to return to.
Nice quick getaway for Washington DC area.....
Sep 16, 2013 by: rewardgal from Maryland
We had a very nice visit on Saturday, Sept. 14 with very few visitors present. A short hike to the monument itself was rewarded with sunny, clear views. It's been about 6 years since our last visit and I don't remember the George Washington history signs before (nice touch)! Only small crowd of people we encountered were "bird watchers" milling around at the top of the monument. The weather was perfect with both the museum and the restrooms open. Several families were enjoying the trails, picnic areas and view from the monument. We found a caterpillar and beautiful butterfly but no migratory bird sightings. The talus slopes are almost as impressive as the monument itself. Those boulders are massive and numerous! Definitely a great 1/2 day visit spot.
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