Trail Challenges

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Heyser Walk

The Challenge
(The Purple Loop) Take the 1.15-mile walk or jog around the entire perimeter that circles the park’s upper and lower lakes.

How
Begin the challenge by locating the spot along the Heyser trail where you would like to begin and end this challenge. If you already have a map of this trail route handy, we recommend starting at the gravel parking lot on Highland Way at the top of the wooden staircase, across Highland Way from the softball fields and the west pavilion. The Heyser Trail follows the stretch of Highland Way, down City Park Drive, hugs around the upper and lower lake areas, and follows Key Street back up to Highland Way, where you will finish the loop upon approaching your “starting place.”

Why
From the Virginia Avenue side of the lake, take in one of the prettiest sides in Western Maryland -  a panoramic view of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts overlooking the lake. This walk also offers an opportunity to view and feed the large population of swans, ducks, and geese as well as the fish that cruise the lake. 


Buys Walk

The Challenge
(The Orange Loop) This 0.74-mile course loops past the band shell and proceeds past the Museum of Fine Arts, also around the lower lake.

How
Begin the challenge by locating the spot along the Buys trail where you would like to begin and end this challenge. If you already have a map of this trail route handy, we recommend starting at the Digby parking lot, accessed via Museum Drive from Key Street when you enter City Park at Park Circle.

The Buys Trail follows the lower level of the lake at City Park, passing by WCMFA, the Mansion House, and the Peter Buys’ band shell, for which this trail earned its name! Buys trail is mostly shaded, as the route hugs around the grotto area, passes by the north, east, and lake pavilions, before completing the circle around the lake adjacent to Virginia Avenue. where you will finish the loop upon approaching your “starting place.”

Why
In Spring, a portion of this walk provides a canopy of pink weeping cherry blossoms. For a look at how children enjoy the park, the walk also passes much of the park’s playground equipment. 



Rohrer Walk

The Challenge
(The Blue Loop) A 0.48-mile journey around the park’s smaller upper lake also includes scenery of the wildlife in its habitat.

How
Begin the challenge by locating the spot along the Rohrer trail where you would like to begin and end this challenge. If you already have a map of this trail route handy, we recommend starting at the  south parking lot, accessed via City Park Drive from Virginia Avenue. Rohrer Trail showcases the beautiful south side of Hagerstown City Park.

The Rhorer Trail follows the upper level of the lake at City Park, passing by the concession stand, Mansion House, Peter Buys’ band shell, and glimpsing down over the hill toward the Hagerstown Railroad Museum and Engine 202. For which this trail earned its name! Rhorer Trail is a great trail to start with- just under half a mile in distance- will finish the loop upon approaching your “starting place.”

Why
Walk on the wild(life) side! On a springtime stroll, this walk offers a view of numerious waterfowl and their hatchlings that inhabit the upper lake’s small island. In the modd for a refreshing snow cone? This walk also passes the concession stand. 


Hager Walk

The Challenge
(The Green Loop) The 0.77-mile path is set apart from the rest of City Park by Key Street, circling the Hager House and offers a tranquil stroll through a rolling meadow.

How
Begin the challenge by parking at the Jonathan Hager House Museum or Digby parking lot, both accessed from Key Street. The Hager Trail showcases the beautiful north side of Hagerstown City Park.

Why
This walk offers a tranquil stroll through a rolling meadow. You might also want to stop by the Hager House and Fine Arts Museum for a tour.