• The C&O Canal a few miles above Great Falls VA
  • “The Georgetown” canal boat at Georgetown. Mile 0 of the C&O Canal
  • Crossing the Youghiogheny at Ohiopyle on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Great Falls of the Potomac
  • Keystone viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Mount Vernon home of George Washington
  • Dyke Marsh on the Mount Vernon Trail
  • View of the Potomac from Mount Vernon
  • Volunteers muscle a stepping stone into place on the PHT
  • Volunteers install a gravel tread on the PHT
  • Volunteers getting ready for action!
  • The C&O Canal a few miles below Great Falls VA
  • View of Harpers Ferry WVA from the C&O Canal
  • The Wide Water section of the C&O canal
  • The Paw Paw tunnel on the C&O Canal
  • A nice view of some wind mills on the GAP
  • A very picturesque spot on the GAP

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Marcel Proust

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UPDATE 5/20  This event has been cancelled.  Join us in Forest Heights on June 13!
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UPDATE 5/1:  The 4/28 Board of Supervisors public hearing featured strong pro-trail testimony, emphasizing spectacular scenery, major connectivity and compatibility of trails with public infrastructure and security. Fairfax Water will provide chance for other supervisors to hike the Cliffside route, a good sign. Decision deferred to May 12.  More details, with video, coming soon.  Please tell the Supervisors "I support the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail at Fairfax Water" (703-324-3151 or clerktotheBOS@fairfaxcount>y.gov). Better yet, call that number and reserve a slot to testify at the Fx County Govt. Center public hearing on April 28 (this has the impact of 20 e-mails). It starts at 3:30 pm; first public speaker likely around 4:15. On April 21, Supervisor Hyland arranged with Fairfax Water a hike along...
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Final repairs are complete now for the PHNST in Great Falls National Park just north of Georgetown Pike.  This part, along Difficult Run, also serves as the northernmost piece of the Cross County Trail.  The trail has been essentially complete since February but now all the "t"s are crossed and it is officially open!  Congratulations to Don Briggs, Brent O'Neill, and others for getting this done. Of course, we at PHTA, and Great Falls Trailblazers, have been actively advocating for this important project!   ...
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  Come join us for the celebration on May 2.
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HEAR YE HEAR YE!!! I'm pleased to announce that as part of the NVA Trail Fest on May 2 that was announced here, there will be 2 kayak tours that explore sections of Potomac River water trails. Take lots of pics and be prepared to share your experiences with your fellow trail fest attendees! Friday April 17, Whites Ford Regional Park to Algonkian Regional Park (14+ miles). This is a weekday but boy what a perfect day to play hooky from work :-) We'll meet at the gravel lot next to the Algonkian boat launch at 8:00AM. ***NOTE*** - There's nothing of significance water hazard wise in the route but it is a long paddle so be prepared to spend all day...
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Join our friends at Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition for 3 worktrips (details here): March 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Broad Run Trail workday March 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Clean-up at Veteran’s Park and Marumsco creek (on the Potomac Heritage Trail in Woodbridge) April 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Occoquan River Cleanup  ...
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