Fairfax County’s Cross County Trail is a 40-mile long trail that traverses the county, from the Potomac River in the north, to the Occoquan River in the south. Today’s hike with MAHG followed the northern section the trail, from Colvin Run Mill (just off of VA 7, Leesburg Pike) to the trail’s northern end at the Potomac River. This section of the CCT is concurrent with the Difficult Run Trail.
read more (639 words, 6 photos)
Today’s hike with MAHG took me to Virginia’s Sky Meadows State Park, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and allowed me to re-visit the Appalachian Trail, which crosses through the western portion of the park’s Blue Ridge Backcountry section. As it was when I passed through last June, it was a beautiful day for a hike: clear skies, pleasant temperature, and a light breeze on the ridge.
read more (763 words, 5 photos)
Today’s hike was another venture into Shenandoah National Park with PATC, this time around Hazel Mountain for the “Len Wheat Bushwhack Series #5” hike. This hike series explores Shenandoah, leaving the trail to explore the ruins of homes abandoned during the creation of the park.
read more (970 words, 3 photos)
Today’s hike with MAHG ventured to Southern Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay, for a trip through the north side of the American Chestnut Land Trust. The land trust, founded in 1986 to preserve forest and wetlands in Calvert County, MD, is named after the tree that used to dominate forests in the eastern US. The park covers the area surrounding Parkers Creek, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay which splits the park into its North and South Sides.
read more (624 words, 4 photos)