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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Flower-Lined Trail
Saturday, April 15, 2017 8:40 pm
Location: Sky Meadows State Park: Blue Ridge Backcountry (6.9 miles)

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.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017 10:30 pm
Location: Cedarville State Forest (13.4 miles)

Today, I joined MAHG for a hike in Cedarville State Forest, covering most of the park’s hiking trails in a thirteen mile circuit. Interestingly, with the exception of the short spur from the visitor center, each of the park’s five trails are loops.

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Chimney Ruins
Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:30 pm
Location: Shenandoah: Hazel Mountain Bushwhack (12.6 miles)

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.

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Beaver Pond
Sunday, March 5, 2017 10:30 pm
Location: American Chestnut Land Trust, North Side (7.5 miles)

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.

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