• 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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D. H. Lawrence

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UPDATE 4/17  Keep the calls and e-mails coming!  Mt. Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland is pushing to make this happen.   UPDATE 3/28   On March 26, the Planning Commission punted the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail decision to the Board of Supervisors, who hold a public hearing on this issue April 28. Please tell them "I support the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail at Fairfax Water" (703-324-3151 or clerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov). Better yet, come to the Fx County Govt. Center public hearing on early evening of April 28 (this has the impact of 20 people sending e-mail). The Planning Commission said they were "inundated" with pro-trail e-mail; we'll make sure the Supervisors see these. But new ones direct to the Supervisors are best.Please share widely!!...
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UPDATE (3/27)  Our worktrip Saturday has been postponed due to wet weather.  We will select a new date in the near future. UPDATE (3/23):  Our next worktrip March 28 (9am - noon) will begin at shopping center at Route 1 and Armistead Road in Lorton (near the IHOP). The trail starts just across the Route 1 crosswalk and continues almost a mile through woods to Old Colchester Road. This is a joint project with MORE and Fairfax Trails and Streams. The Mason Neck Lions Club will provide refreshments. Come and join us! Join us in Lorton to improve the Potomac Heritage Trail on two Saturdays in March, the 21st and 28th, at 9am. Details and directions here.  We are collaborating with...
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Please tell the Fairfax Co. Planning Commission you support the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail at Fairfax Water. Call 703-324-2865 or e-mail plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov  by FEB. 25.  UPDATE:  Strong pro-trail testimony at public hearing 2/12.  For details on this amazing trail opportunity see my Lorton Valley Star article and my Jan 17 and Nov 13 blogs below. Final decision by Board of Supervisors, probably in late March, but they rely heavily on Planning Commission's decision.  ...
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PHTA is working with No. Va. Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) and other groups to create a celebration event for trails in Northern Virginia.   Events start at Algonkian Park at different times, and end there in time for barbecue lunch at 1PM: 8 am:  KAYAK TRIP:  Shuttle departs Algonkian for Kephart Landing for kayak trip to Algonkian.  8:30 am:  9-MILE HIKE:  Shuttle departs Algonkian for Riverbend Park for 9-mile hike back.  There is the option to arrange to park at Riverbend and kayak back to Riverbend after the lunch (contact freewalkers.org) 10 am    4-MILE HIKE:    Shuttle departs Algonkian for the end of Seneca Road for 4-mile hike back. BIKE RIDE--details will be worked out soon. Over lunch we can share...
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The NoVa Regional Park Authority recently improved its boat launch facility at Whites Ford Park in Leesburg, VA.  Here are a few photos  ...
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Virginia State Senator Hanger has introduced a budget amendment, SB-800, which would buy the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT) in King George County for inclusion in the state park system.  PHTA board member Jim Lynch asks trail enthusiasts to contact their Virginia State Senator to support this bill.  For more on the DRHT--maps, events, photos, please see  http://www.friendsdrht.org/            ...
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