Emmitsburg, MD, is a growing and prosperous town with significant historical roots. Mount Saint Mary’s University is a major draw card to the area, with is beautiful campus and sporting events. The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial is a powerful reminder to all those fallen heroes who have scarified in the line of duty. Another significant site in Emmitsburg, is the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes. This challenging hike to this Catholic shrine can be appreciated by all, regardless of religious affiliations.