Like most hikers, Luke Buchanan loves to try new trails in his area. However, he also has his favorites that he just keeps going back to, especially nearby where he works, in Washington DC. Having lived and traveled all over the country, he has experienced many excellent trails in his life, but some stick out more than others. Whether it’s the scenery or the exercise it provides, these three places are the best according to Luke Buchanan.
Haystack Mountain State Park
Located in Norfolk, Connecticut, Haystack Mountain State Park is a favorite of Luke Buchanan. At the top of Haystack Mountain is a thirty-four foot stone tower that allows visitors to see the amazing surrounding area. There are picnic areas and bathroom areas, as well as an overlook to enjoy. The hike to the top is about a half mile and if you are not a seasoned hiker like Luke Buchanan, it takes about thirty minutes. With beautiful mountain laurels in the spring and bright foliage in the fall, Luke Buchanan cannot go wrong hiking here no matter what time of year he goes.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National State Park
This historical state park takes visitors back in time and allows them to envision the past of our great country. Luke Buchanan likes their miles of trails and the beautiful scenery by the historic canal that offers up numerous opportunities to put his photography skills to use. The Billy Goat Trail to the Great Falls overlook is especially beautiful no matter what time of year Luke Buchanan goes. Aside from hiking and walking they have camping, boat rentals, canoeing, kayaking, bike rentals, food, and even traditional lodging. Luke Buchanan loves walking by the water and taking in the sites before hopping in a kayak for a different view of things.
Cabin John Park Trail
Sometimes Luke Buchanan has a few hours free for hiking, but does not want to stray too far from home or work. When that happens, he goes to Cabin John Park Trail just off of Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda, Maryland. The trail takes about three and a half hours to hike and ranges from streams to hilltops. Luke Buchanan especially likes how wooded and peaceful the area is because it allows him several chances to take pictures of the local wildlife. It has a well maintained trail and police as well, but no other amenities for visitors other than the natural beauty.