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PWTSC volunteers mowed and trimmed a section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail...

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Karen and I improved the ford at Nichols Run, a crossing that has been a persistent problem on the PHNST.  It is right by the Potomac, about halfway between Algonkian and Great Falls Park (5 1/2 miles to either). It is a lot easier to cross without getting your feet wet!  There are actually two fords side just 30 feet apart, one for foot traffic (top photo) and one for horses (bottom photo). Closest public access (2.5 mi) is from end of Seneca Road. ...
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Over the last few months, the Potomac Heritage Trail Association, in cooperation with Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and Loudoun County Parks, has created and installed more than 25 signs showing trail destinations and distances. Without the signs, many trail users have no idea where or how far a trail goes.  The lettering on these hand-made signs is done using a wood-burning kit.  Here are a few examples, both before and after posting on trees:  ...
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Supv Principi’s next meeting is Friday morning (7/20).  Loudoun County Parks picked up our DR Brushmower yesterday (which works like new), and will mow the PHNST at Lansdowne in time for a July 24 hike with Don Briggs, Novak and Debbie Spiliotopolis (Karen and I will lead). Ironwood’s 80-foot telephone-pole bridge over Cub Run at Bull Run RP (on the 17-mile Bull Run-Occoquan Trail) survived the storm well, but the dozen or so older boardwalks (between it and the BRRP trailhead) were heavily damaged.  (Supposedly, some areas in western Fairfax (e.g. Centerville) got 10 inches of rain in one day last week.  I didn’t know that was even possible. )  Unfortunately my plan to get Fx Co to hire Ironwood suffered...
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Along the Potomac River in southern Fairfax County lies Ma-son Neck. Once home to George Mason, this beautiful forest-ed peninsula is protected by four parks that cradle George Ma-son's historic home at Gunston Hall. The parks include Pohick Bay Regional Park, Meadowood Recreation Area, Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, and Mason Neck State Park. Together the parks total over 5,000 acres.  For several decades these parks protected a pristine landscape, but public trails were limited with no trail connections be-tween the various parks. This has changed. Over recent years, all the parks have opened miles of new trail with more on the way. Over this past year, the Potomac Heritage Trail Associa-tion, in collaboration with park managers Todd Benson (Northern Virginia...
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