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George Washington/Cherry Pie Hikes: Long Hike on the North Country Trail

This event 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.  


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.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 9:00am to 1:00pm

Jennings Environmental Education Center
2951 Prospect Rd., Slippery Rock, PA 16057-5023


State Parks


Educational Programs, History

Outdoor Activities

Hiking and Walking



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Exact Location

Meeting place: Route 528 boat launch in Moraine State Park, parking area under bridge

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Beth McKinstry

Beth McKinstry left a positive review 2/25/2017

We brought Boy Scouts from Pittsburgh and they walked the 7 mi. morning hike. It was most enjoyable. There was room for the afternoon History hike, so they did that one, too! Only one piece of cherry pie each, though. Spent about 20 minutes with Mike Homza, the Frenchman, who took time with them to explain how efficient the French were when traveling. Something the scouts should learn to do when camping! Thank you very much. We hope to join you again next year if not before on the North Country Trail. Special thanks to Joyce Appel for her suggestions and to Ms. Lubold, ranger for helping with registrations.


Dan left a positive review 2/25/2017

First time out with the group.. Enjoyed it

Mary Alice Koeneke

Mary Alice Koeneke 2/24/2017

I can no longer attend the hike...

Beth McKinstry

Beth McKinstry 2/23/2017

We have boy scouts who would like to attend....seven scouts and 2 adults would like the long hike at 9:00am. Please call 412-661-2963.

Elizabeth Mason Tillotson

Elizabeth Mason Tillotson 2/23/2017

Nuts, can I get on a waiting list for this event? We were hoping to bring some boy scouts (I have 2 adults and 2 scouts who were planning to hike).

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