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    Beartown State Park. Near Hillsboro, W. Va., (304) 653-4254, Known for its unusual rock formations rather than any actual bears, Beartown is over 100 acres and rich with trails and beautiful sites. Free to visit and open from April to October, Beartown, with its constantly shifting rock landscape, provides a welcome getaway from your hectic life.
  • Local conservative defends "Rain Tax" as "necessary"

    Well-known local columnist Barry Rascovar, who appears regularly on WYPR and blogs at, has written a post defending the so-called "Rain Tax," proposed by Governor O'Malley and passed by the State Legislature. "They are necessary...

    Blackwater Falls State Park, Carroll Park Skateboarding and Bike Facility, Patapsco Valley State Park, and more

    Beartown State Park, near Hillsboro, W. Va., (304) 653-4254, We know West Virginia bills itself as "wild and wonderful," but that's no reason to scare people by suggesting there is a commune of bears in your state park. The park...

    Beartown State Park, Fort Frederick State Park, Jones Falls and more.

    Summer in the city can be suffocating: You stick to the sheets, you’re irritable, and lethargy hangs on you like a heavy coat. But sometimes all it takes is the shade of a tree, a dip in a quarry, or the sweet relief of some higher-elevation air...

    Controversial Cook County forest preserve buy is largest in 45 years

    Controversial Cook County forest preserve buy is largest in 45 years
    As drivers top the crest of Algonquin Road in Barrington Hills, they’re treated to a rare sight in the Chicago area: a sweeping vista of horses grazing on rolling hills, groves of trees lining the horizon. The verdant expanse of land that makes up...