• 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

"The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. "

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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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,...
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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 (www.civilWarQuakerScout.com). Park at Lorton VRE Parking Lot (southeast corner, nearest Lorton Town Center) 9000 Lorton Station Blvd--the hike finish point. Ride a free...
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UPDATE x2:  Due to flooding risk on C&O, hike is POSTPONED from Feb. 6 to Feb. 13.  Full 50 mile Kennedy march still on for Feb. 20.  Details please see www.meetup.com/KennedyMarches/   UPDATE:  Due to snow on the canal, the Feb. 6 hike will be daytime only, 25 miles; the full 50 mile hike will instead be on Feb. 20.  ================================================================== Are you up for a challenge? Join NPS volunteer “Walk On” Ray Smith for the 5th re-creation of the famous 1963 “Kennedy March,” a 50 mile walk from milepost 13 on the C & O Canal Towpath to Harpers Ferry. Walkers will depart the Angler’s parking area at 4:00 am on February 6, 2016, average a minimum of three mph, and finish...
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A biker at the entrance to the Paw Paw Tunnel on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Wood engraving by Robert Hoskin after a photograph by Frank Lenz for Outing (August 1892). Compare to the same spot today:...
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Under beautiful sunny skies on Sunday, September 27 nineteen participants joined Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings and the Potomac Heritage Trail Association for a ten mile hike of the Civil War Defense of Washington Trail in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park. Organized by hike leader Glenn Gillis of Sierra Club PRO and Don Briggs of the National Park Service, hikers met at the Rock Creek Nature Center before being shuttled by charter bus to the hike start at Fort Marcy in Northern Virginia. From Fort Marcy the route Pimmit Run to Chain Bridge before crossing into Washington D.C. After crossing the Potomac River, the group picked up the C&O Canal before reaching the outskirts of historic...
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