View West from Turk Mountain
Saturday, June 24, 2017 8:38 pm
Location: Shenandoah: Turk Mountain Trail (2.4 miles)

I took two short hikes in Shenandoah on Friday. The first was the Turk Mountain Trail, a short (2.4 miles) out-and-back trail in the southern district of Shenandoah National Park that leads to the summit of Turk Mountain and some nice views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west.

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South Branch Loop Trail
Sunday, June 11, 2017 10:51 pm
Location: Meadowood Recreation Area (9.5 miles)

Today, I took an excursion to the Meadowood Recreation Area in Lorton, VA. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Meadowood has about 14 miles of hiking trails, in addition to mountain biking and equestrian trails and two fishing ponds. The park’s trails also are host to two national trails: the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail.

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Oak Ridge Trail
Sunday, June 4, 2017 10:30 pm
Location: BeeTree Preserve (4.5 miles)

Today, I joined MAHG for a short, 4.5 mile hike in the BeeTree Preserve and along the Torrey C. Brown Trail in Parkton, MD.

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Lush, Green Forest
Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:30 pm
Location: Patapsco Valley State Park: Pickall, Daniels, and Woodstock areas (11.3 miles)

A warm, spring day made for perfect weather for a return to Patapsco Valley State Park. Today’s hike, following trails that connect the Pickall, Daniels, and Woodstock areas of the park was almost a maze of unnamed (and incompletely mapped) trails, but still made for a fun excursion.

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Fairfax County’s Cross County Trail
Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:30 pm
Location: Cross County Trail: Colvin Run Mill to Potomac River (8.4 miles)

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.

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