George Washington/Cherry Pie Hikes: Long Hike on the North Country Trail
George Washington/Cherry Pie Hikes: Long Hike on the North Country Trail Click on the button to the right to register for the North Country Trail hike from 9:00 until approximately 1:00 PM, (depending on hiking speed). This long hike will cover 7 miles from the boat launch located under the Route 528 bridge in Moraine State Park to Jennings. Recommended for ages 12 and up, the hike is rated “moderate,” and will traverse varied terrain, with some slopes and winter trail conditions. *NOT suited for tennis shoes. Participants should park and meet under the 528 bridge to begin the hike. They may hike back or return via shuttle. Call 724-290-2129 if you have questions or are not able to register online. This Long Hike is part of an event that combines the annual "Cherry Pie Hike" and "Washington's Trail Hike." It commemorates George Washington's birthday and the Virginia Colony mission demanding French withdrawal from British territory that precipitated the French and Indian/Seven Years War. The day-long event will begin at 8:30 AM and end at 2:00 PM. It will feature 30-minute history hikes, where visitors can witness the 1753 musket shot that could have changed history. There also will be informational presentations and displays, a reenactors' camp portraying wilderness life of the time period, 45-minute winter nature walks (led by Jennings’ staff), and a 7-mile hike along a section of the North Country Trail where Washington may have traveled. Participants can choose one or more favorite hike option and enjoy a taste of cherry pie, courtesy of North Country Brewing Company. The event is free and open to the public, although a $2 per person donation will be encouraged for participation in the guided hikes/walks. Reservations are required for hikes and nature walks by February 23. Carpooling is encouraged, because parking may be limited. Sponsoring organizations are: Butler Chapter of the North Country Trail Association (www.northcountrytrail.org/but), Washington's Trail 1753, Harmony Museum, Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, and Jennings Environmental Education Center.