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Washington Monument State Park
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A bit of history
Jun 13, 2014 by: Loretta69 from Rumford, Rhode Island
The highlight of the park is the first monument built to honor George Washington. It was built to a height of 15' with a base 54' in circumference in one day by most of the citizens from nearby Boonsboro, MD on 7/4/1827. Its most recent restoration was by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 and it stands at 34 feet high now. You actually reach it by hiking on part of the Appalachian Trail and once at the monument there is a small winding staircase to the top which has a viewing platform. You can look out over the surrounding area for miles on a clear day. During the Civil War, the Union Army used it as a signal station. Picnic tables and grills are available in the park, as well as restrooms and a small museum. On the day of our visit, a group was providing a "hiker feed" for thru hikers of the Appalachian Trail and we got to talk to Dinosaur (trail name), a young lady from Germany. Most interesting. This park is definitely worth visiting and I hope to return.
Jun 05, 2014 by: Coffeecup1390 from Chicago
Having visited Harper's Ferry, I crossed the Shenandoah and the Potomac Rivers and drove on scenic Route 67 north toward the state park. The view of the valley and the surrounding hills from the site of the monument, atop Stone Mountain, is sweeping and truly lovely. The children (ages 10 and 7) made paper flags and signaled to us from the top of the tower, akin to the signaling the soldiers did in the Civil War. There is a children's play area (with slides) and picnic tables near the parking lot and restrooms. This is an easy access spot to the monument and to hike on the Appalachian Trail.
History, nature, scenery
May 28, 2014 by: Joe A from Middletown, Maryland
The 'original' Washington Monument offers easy access to wonderful views of the valleys on either side of South Mountain. The monument sits right on the Appalachian trail and is accessible by a 1/4 mile slightly uphill hike from the parking lot in the recreational area of the park. The staircase to the top platform of the monument is tight and dark in the center of its two story climb so may be a little unsettling for some, but the view westward is rewarding even from the base of the monument. Plaques describe the history of the monument and the views. This is also a popular spot for observing the hawk migrations that occur along the South Mountain range in the spring and the fall. A tote board of hawk sightings from the most recent season can be found near the entrance to the trail to the monument. Fall color can also be wonderful here especially near sunset when the light seems to glow in the leaves.
Great Views, Great History
May 20, 2014 by: darrius1st from Baltimore,MD
My son and his scout troop went camping near by so we paid a visit to the park. First the park was beautiful. Then we had to hike up the trail to see the First Washington Monument and it was great. Then we climb to the top and the views were spectacular. I mean that's the only way to describe it. We felt in aww. I have to bring the rest of my family back to see this. I took a lot of pictures and the are beautiful, but it can't do it justice. You have to come and see it for yourself.
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.
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