Lost Maryland hikers found in national park

Shenandoah National Park

November 15, 1962 — A group of Silver Spring youths and their adult leader gave a bit of worry to park rangers over the weekend when they were unreported for six or more hours.

They were located Monday morning safe and sound. The group was part of a church group of 35 youngsters and five adults.

They strayed from a group hiking in White Oak falls area south of Panorama entrance. Two others in the group found their way out of the woods several hours earlier.

According to Chief Ranger Joseph Kulesza of Shenandoah National Park, the hikers set out about 2:30 p.m. Sunday from Hawksbill Gap on Skyline Drive two miles south of Skyland.

Seven of the group took the wrong turn, and got lost trying to find their way back.

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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