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Cunningham Falls State Park Hosts Guided Night Hike

Washington County, Md. (September 12, 2011) - Cunningham Falls State Park will host “Spirits of the Furnace,” a guided night hike to the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22.

Park staff will lead the tour with stops along the trail to hear historical accounts and spooky tales from costumed interpreters. A small campfire with s’mores and apple cider will be available at the Visitors Center. Participants should bring a flashlight and wear shoes appropriate for hiking.

The event will be held in the Manor Area, off Rt. 15 South, and costs $5 per person with free admission for children under 10. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Visitors Center or by calling 301-271-3676.

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

   September 12, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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