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Hike historic proposed PHNST route in McLean April 24, 2016

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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, VA (38°58'42"N, 77°14'57"W): Take NPS shuttle bus departing at 8:30 am to SHRC.

Contact:   See  (Kennedy Marches meetup site) for latest updates.

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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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