Pathfinder site points residents to outdoor activities in county

A website that lists outdoor activities, trails, parks and recreation opportunities in Washington County has been launched by the Washington County Health Department.

Washington County Pathfinder is designed to encourage community members and visitors to take advantage of the many hiking, biking, boating, and outdoor activities available in the county.

The website is found at An app is being developed to accompany the website, according to the site.

Several sites in Hancock are included on the interactive map, from walking paths at the high school to the C&O Canal and Sideling Hill Wildlife Area.

Washington County Pathfinder includes several Hancock spots.

The Health Department said the site is a part of “our mission to improve health and encourage a healthy lifestyle for our citizens.”

“We’re always discovering new places and you can expect new destinations to be added. We’ll also be publishing articles, sharing ideas, and posting information about local events and activities, so we encourage you to keep coming back! Do you have a favorite spot that we’ve missed? Drop us a note and we’ll take a look,” the site says.

“Washington County Pathfinder will soon be available for download on your Apple iPhone or Android device, making information about trails even more convenient, and QR coded signs around the county will enable you to quickly scan the code and learn about your current location,” the site says.

QR codes are small digital squares that can be scanned by a smartphone camera to direct phone users to more information online about where they are or what attractions are nearby.

The project is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number, NU58DP005487-04, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.