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Hike at Arcadia Farms/Ft. Belvoir, June 4, 2016

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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 (

Park at Lorton VRE Parking Lot (southeast corner, nearest Lorton Town Center) 9000 Lorton Station Blvd--the hike finish point. Ride a free NPS- provided shuttle to each hike’s start point. Bottled water and maps provided. 

You must register BY MAY 26 at Please check there for latest updates. Contact:  This is a repeat of our hike April 23--see photos here

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Potomac Heritage/Cross County Trail Hike April 23-4-5-6, 2016

Join “Walk On” Ray Smith for all or part of a four-day hike on segments of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and the Cross-County Trail in Fairfax County. The hike on 4/23, titled March of the Military Child, includes one-day access to lands not usually open to the public in Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge (ABWR). The full hike is 100 miles (details to come). Two especially interesting 10-mile hikes are offered. The first includes the beautiful, rarely visited ABWR; the second follows a proposed PHNST route through McLean.

Apr. 23 9:30, 10 miles: Meet at George Washington Grist Mill Park, Lorton
Apr. 25 9:30, 10 miles: Meet at Colvin Run Road cul-de-sac (Cross County Trailhead north of Rt 7), McLean

A shuttle will ferry participants to the starting point on each day.

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William P. Niedringhaus was the first to envision the Fairfax Cross County Trail ( He led several Cross-County Hikes from Lorton to Great Falls in 1998-2001 to promote the idea. The trail officially opened in 2007. Bill won an Elie Doyle award in 2001 for Cross-County Trail advocacy and shared one in 2007 with five others (including PHTA board member Robin Rentsch). He is currently president of the PHTA and Fairfax Trails and Streams. Bill designs, builds and maintains many miles of trails.


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