• 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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Rachel Carson

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UPDATE 6/5  Our hike originally scheduled for 1:30 June 7 has been cancelled.  We will be holding additional hikes in the future; details will be posted here.  ...
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UPDATE May 2, 2014:  Fairfax Water has proposed an alternate route for the trail north of their facility, instead of south along the spectacularly scenic bluffs along the Occoquan.  Fortunately the Comprehensive Plan calls for the trail on our desired route, so Fairfax Water's alternative would require a change to the plan. The Planning Commission has scheduled public hearings on this issue for June 25, 2014.  PHTA plans to testify there, we encourage supporters to do so too (click here for instructions)     =========================== Fairfax County Park Authority and Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority have supported our favored riverside-cliffs alignment of this trail in their response memos dated March 19 and April 4, respectively.  Supervisor Hyland has been strongly supportive.  Fairfax...
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PHTA volunteers cleared the Potomac Heritage Trail at Bles Park on Saturday, April 19, after two previous tries were snowed out. Bles Park is the green area on the map, along the shoreline of the Potomac River and Broad Run.  The cleared section is the turquoise line north of Point D on the map (about 3000 feet). Parking for this trail is at A on the map. It's off Riverside Parkway at the bottom of the hill (signed "Bles Park"). To get there from Route 7, take Loudoun County Parkway north, turn right on George Washington Blvd, then 4th left on Riverside Parkway. Going south on the trail from A, you first take wide grassy trails mowed by Loudoun Parks (dark blue lines).  The one mile...
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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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Please note that planned May 14, 2014 hosted by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and co-hosted by the Potomac Heritage Trail Association has been postponed.  We will post the new date on this website and our Facebook page when we have a new date!!  Thanks for your interest!!...
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On Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2 pm, the National Memorial Trail Alliance will unveil a map of a new trail connecting the three sites where lives were lost on Sept 11, 2001. Location is National Park Service's Columbia Island Marina near the Pentagon. Excerpts from their press release are below (details at www.911MemorialTrail.org):   The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance and the Dominion Foundation will be unveiling a commemorative trail map honoring the nearly 3,000 lives lost in America’s worst terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The Pentagon Memorial Trail Circuit Map features a route that is a link between two of the three legs of the full trail connecting the Pentagon Memorial with New York City’s National September 11 Memorial...
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