On July 23, 2016, Eagle Scout Tanner Lofgran and his crew of 17 refurbished a badly-overgrown and wet section of the Sugarland Run Trail. They had to deal with 90+ temperatures and angry yellow-jackets (one volunteer was stung 6 times and had to be e
On June 18, 2016, Jack Whitehead completed his Eagle Project to improve the PHNST at Bles Park. Jack improved 500 feet at the western end of the park. This hilly, rocky section was badly in need of widening and leveling of tread. Jack obtained permis
Join "Walk On" Ray Smith for a Grand Loop hike of the Potomac Heritage Trail and Cross County Trail
Sat. May 28 8:30am Potomac Heritage Trail Rosslyn to Great Falls
Sun. May 29 8:30am Entire Cross-County Trail (41 miles) "Hua's Hike"
Mon. May 30 8:30am Mt Vernon Trail (Grist Mill Park to Rosslyn)
Join "Walk on" Ray Smith to hike a proposed PHNST segment in McLean. Echoing the original Cross County Hikes, the events are intended to suggest scenic and historically-significant ways to fill gaps in the better known PHNST trail areas. Highlights include a rarely-visited section of Great Falls National Park along the original (pre-1764) route of Georgetown Pike, and other trail segments not previously hiked. You have the option to hike 4 or 7 miles.
7-miles: Park at Colvin Run Mill parking lot, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA 22066 (38°58'11"N, 77°17'37"W): Take free NPS shuttle bus departing at 8:15am for the hike's starting point, Spring Hill Recreation Center (SHRC).
4-miles: Park at Difficult Run Park Trailhead, 8801 Georgetown Pike, McLean,...
Join “Walk On” Ray Smith June 4 on a highly scenic 7- or 10-mile hike through areas not normally open to the public (see photos). Echoing the original Cross County Hikes, the event is intended to suggest scenic and historically-significant ways to fill gaps in the better known PHNST trail areas. Both options include the remote Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge. The 10-miler also includes (1) historic Arcadia Farms, (2) a mix of wooded and built-up areas on the Base, and (3) researcher/author Greg Wilson who will provide glimpses into the area’s rich history that he has documented extensively (www.civilWarQuakerScout.com).
Park at Lorton VRE Parking Lot (southeast corner, nearest Lorton Town Center) 9000 Lorton Station Blvd--the hike finish point. Ride a free...
UPDATE x2: Due to flooding risk on C&O, hike is POSTPONED from Feb. 6 to Feb. 13. Full 50 mile Kennedy march still on for Feb. 20. Details please see www.meetup.com/KennedyMarches/
UPDATE: Due to snow on the canal, the Feb. 6 hike will be daytime only, 25 miles; the full 50 mile hike will instead be on Feb. 20.
Are you up for a challenge? Join NPS volunteer “Walk On” Ray Smith for the 5th re-creation of the famous 1963 “Kennedy March,” a 50 mile walk from milepost 13 on the C & O Canal Towpath to Harpers Ferry. Walkers will depart the Angler’s parking area at 4:00 am on February 6, 2016, average a minimum of three mph, and finish...