5 Day-Trip Japa Walks to Take this Fall
The Shrine of Saint Anthony
12290 Folly Quarter Rd.
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Wind your way through the forest trail system on the grounds of the St. Anthony Shrine in rural Ellicott City. The quiet, sacred atmosphere is perfect for a private japa walk - you might even bump into a praying monk! shrineofstanthony.org/explore-our-grounds
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
10790 Macarthur Blvd
Potomac, MD 20854
Park at the address listed above (instead of the main gate) to get in free and miss the crowds. When entering the park, take a right and walk to the covered bridge, cross it, and loop back to the parking lot for a perfect 8 round japa walk.
Assateague Island National Seashore
7307 Stephen Decatur Highway,
Berlin, MD 21811
Willing to drive a bit further? Spend a weekend at Assateague Island and chant your japa on the beach, watching the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean while the wild horses walk by. If you’re up for camping, we recommend the Assateague State Park, but it closes for the season at the end of October, so you better hurry!
Harpers Ferry National Park
Potomac St &, Shenandoah St
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
There is something special about the spot where two rivers come together in the heart of Harpers Ferry. For a quiet japa walk, cross the bridge and chant along the Potomac River on the Appalachian Trail while through-hikers pass you by. Parking can be a bit tricky, but you can usually find a spot at the train station off-season.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20855
Take your time enjoying the flora and fauna as you wander through the eight miles of trails at Meadowside Nature Center. We especially recommend the Wildflower Loop near the Study Pond. Looking for a family-friendly day out? This nature center also has tons of fun activities for little ones!