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Tucked into a bucolic corner of western Maryland on a horseshoe bend in the Potomac River, Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center is a relaxing refuge of woodland and rolling meadows at almost the exact midpoint of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Today’s peaceful setting offers Road Scholar adventurers few hints of the days when raucous “canawlers” drove their teams along the towpath, or of the date in 1863 when the Battle of Antietam raged just a few miles away. This invigorating educational center provides an ideal setting for exploring the canal and for hiking the nearby Appalachian Trail.