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The Potomac Heritage Trail from Goose Creek to Bles Park is in its best shape ever. Compared to this time a year ago, the trail is more beaten-in, and less overgrown. Word-of-mouth is spreading.  The trailhead at Riverside Parkway (Coton Bridge) has been widened and made more prominent (see before and after photos below), with signage that invites passersby to explore the whole 5 miles to Bles Park. The trail parallels an old canal intended to go up Goose Creek from the Potomac to Aldie.  The owner went bankrupt, but exactly ONE barge made the trip.  The area looks a lot like sections of the C&O or parts of the canal systems in Great Falls National Park.  The PHTA posted a...
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Five volunteers pitched in to improve our new trail at Cub Run. We installed a sign post at the event center driveway (see photo), and weed-whacked our way for about a half mile east from there.   Two trail bridges (8' and 10' long) near the sign post are already in (photo below).  We intended to install two more similar bridges but found t​hat some of the lumber we had stored earlier was missing.  The eastern half of the trail is not open yet due to overgrowth beyond the point where we had to turn back.  But you can hike a half mile east from the fence post, and return the way you came.   We'll be back to work on this...
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White’s Ford Regional Park, a beautiful 295-acre property along the Potomac just north of Leesburg, officially opened on June 9. At the opening ceremony, PHTA presented George Tabb, former manager of many park properties key to the Potomac Heritage Trail, with our Trail Champion of the Year award. George was instrumental in helping create a 9-mile stretch of continuous trail between Algonkian Park and Riverbend Park in Loudoun/Fairfax Counties.    White’s Ford is best known as the place where the Confederate Army crossed into Maryland in 1862 on their way to the Battle of Antietam.  Seven weeks later, federal troops used the ford to assist in the continuing campaign back in Virginia, and Jubal Early crossed here after his July 1864...
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On Saturday,  June 7 (National Trails Day), the Cross County Trail (CCT) was named in honor of Congressmen Gerry Connolly, because of his many actions to make the trail become a reality.  Speakers included Chairman Sharon Bulova, Supervisor Hyland of Mt. Vernon, Tom Howe of MORE, and me.  Connolly, formerly Chairman of Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors, spoke of how he was able to get unanimous and enthusiastic support from the rest of the board for the CCT.  Gerry also helped make the concept of trail connectivity an integral part of the county's planning process--a major change.  The ceremony was held at Giles Meadow, along the CCT, now officially the GCCCT!   ...
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Congressman Gerry Connolly announced a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grant of $585,000 trail and boardwalk improvements at the Featherstone Wildlife Refuge in Woodbridge, VA along the Potomac River. Since 2010, with the backing of concerned citizens, area organizations, and Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi, Congressman Connolly has pushed the Department of Interior’s Fisheries and Wildlife Service (FWS) to open the wildlife refuge to public access from water and from land. Supervisor Principi secured a proffer for improvements to the Rippon Virginia Railway Express Station that will allow the public to use the station platform to access the refuge. Supervisor Principi also worked with the homeowners association adjacent to the refuge to win support for a link from the nearby Potomac National Heritage...
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