PopUMC Hiking Group

POPUMC Hiking Group

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The POPUMC Hiking Group was started in January, 2018. We do day hikes the first Saturday of each month along with New Years Day. The benefits of hiking include:
  • Improvement in general health.
  • Meet new people.
  • See new places.
Below are over 80 suggested day hikes that are between 2 and 5 miles, roughly within an hour of POPUMC and are mostly easy to moderate in terms of difficulty. We're open to suggestions and alternative hikes as well as additional hike leaders. We'll also try to avoid areas where hunting is allowed for safety's sake. If enough people are interested we can even do a hike in the middle of the week. With the exception of New Years Day all hikes will occur on the first Saturday of the month. We will meet at the POPUMC parking lot at 8:00 AM (with the exception of New Years Day and any Sunday rain dates being 1:00 PM) and carpool to a given hike. All are welcome to join us on these hikes. (* = Georeferenced map of this hike available on hikingproject.com):

Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, 15801 Neabsco RD, Woodbridge, VA 22191, 703-792-7060. This will be an easy 2.5 mile loop consisting of the boardwalk, Blackburn RD, US1 and Neabsco RD. This hike is jointly sponsored by POPUMC Hiking Group and PWTSC. You can sign up Here. Please note that we are meeting at 12:30PM for this one so we can be at Neabsco Regional / Eagles Park on Neabsco RD by 1:00 PM. Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 12:30 PM 

South Run District Park, 7550 Reservation DR, Springfield, VA 22153, 703-866-0566. A nice 4.3 mile mostly loop trail along the South Run Stream Valley near the South Run REC Center and Lake Mercer. Saturday, January 4, 2020 @ 8:00 AM *

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods RD, Leesburg, VA 20175, 703-777-0343. 695 acres along Goose Creek in Loudoun County. Lots of short trails that can be combined. Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM 

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, 11661 Harpers Ferry RD, Purcellville, VA 20132, 540-668-7640. 900+ acre preserve, lots of trails, this may be a future VA state park. Saturday, March 7, 2020 @ 8:00 AM 

Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail, 21293 Smiths Switch RD, Ashburn, VA 20147, 703-729-0596. 45 miles long from Arlington to Purcellville, VA. We will do the westernmost 3.9, 5.5 or 5.6 miles. We'll need 2 vehicles for a one way hike here. Click/Tap Here for a Distance Calculator. Saturday, April 4, 2020@ 8:00 AM *

Doves Landing Park, 9307 Doves LA, Manassas, VA 20112, 703-792-7060 .This one is about 3.2 miles and is a large loop near the confluence of Broad Run and Cedar Creek which then becomes the Occoquan River. Saturday, May 02, 2020 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 1:00PM   02/03/2018 Trip Log of This Hike

James S. Long Regional Park, 4603 James Madison HWY, Haymarket, VA 20169, 703-792-7060. We'll do a 4 mile loop trail around the perimeter of this park. Saturday, June 6th, 2020 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, June 7, 2020 @ 1:00PM  

Connector Trail between Silver Lake and James S. Long Parks. An up and back hike along a 2 mile stretch of trail that will be part of the future Catharpin Greenway 9 mile circuit. Saturday, July 4th, 2020 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, July 5, 2020 @ 1:00PM 

Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park RD, Springfield, VA 22150, 703-569-3464. A very nice 3.8 mile hike around the lake. They will start dredging the lake in 2021 but that should not affect this hike. Read about that Here. Saturday, August 1, 2020 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, August 2, 2020 @1:00 PM* Please note that I will be out of town the first two weeks of August so we will need to get a hike leader for this hike.

Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestal's Gap Road, Sterling, VA 20164, 571-258-3700. About 10 miles of trails in this park. We'll pick a nice loop for you. A 05-02-2018 article on wtop.com stated that the future of this park may be in peril after 12-21-2018. Saturday, September 5th, 2020 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, September 6, 2020 @ 1:00PM 

Lake Fairfax Park, VA, 1400 Lake Fairfax DR, Reston, VA 20190, 703-471-5414. A lot of trails, not a lot of documentation. I'll have a route planned by hike time. Saturday, October 3, 2020 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, October 4, 2020 @ 1:00PM *

Hastings->Winters Branch-> Wellington Trail, 9501 Dean Park LA, Manassas, VA 20110, 703-257-8200. This is a 3.8 mile loop trail that starts at the Giant/Wellington RD shopping Center, then proceeds clockwise on Hastings DR 1.8 miles, Winters Branch for .9 miles and then Wellington RD back to the Giant for 1.1 miles. Total distance is 3.8 miles. Saturday, November 2, 2020 @ 8:00 AM 

Prince William Forest Park, 18170 Park Entrance RD, Triangle, VA 22172, 703-221-7181. We will do a 5 mile loop consisting of: A portion of the Laurel Loop Trail- about .5 miles, A portion of the South Valley Trail- about .2 miles, North Orenda RD- 1 mile, A portion of Pyrite Mine RD- about .5 miles, Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Trail- .4 miles, A portion of the North Valley Trail- about .7 miles, A portion of the South Valley Trail- about 1.2 miles, A portion of the Laurel Loop Trail- about .5 miles, A total of about 5 miles.   New entrance fee of $10.00 per car to the park. Saturday, December 5, 2020 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, December 6, 2020 @ 1:00PM *

George Helwig Memorial Park, 14488 Bristow RD, Manassas, VA 20112, 703-792-7060. This one is only a mile but since it will be cold, that will be sufficient. We could do it twice to make 2 miles. Friday, January 1, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, High Point and Gunston RDS, Lorton, VA 22079, 703-490-4979. There are a couple 3 mile trails that we can explore. Saturday, January 2, 2021 @8:00 AM

Manassas National Battlefield Park, 12521 Lee HWY, Manassas, VA 20109, 703-361-1339. Over 40 miles of hiking trails.  We will be doing the battle of Second Manassas Loop, which is rated at 6.6 miles. But I think that we can shave it down to about 5 miles. Saturday, February 6, 2021 @ 8:00 AM   04/08/2018 Trip Log of The Battle of First Manassas Hike

Appalachian Trail, 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425, 304-535-6331. in Northern Virginia, we'll start where the AT leaves SNP at Compton Gap, then hike all downhill for about 4.5 miles. Click/Tap Here for a distance calculator. Saturday, March 6, 2021 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, March 7, 2021 @ 1:00 PM*

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney RD, Chantilly, VA 20151, 703-631-0013. About 4 miles of trails. We can do a loop here that is about 3 miles. Saturday, April 3, 2021@ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, April 4, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

Locust Shade Park, 4701 Locust Shade DR, Triangle, VA 22172, 703-792-7060. A nice 4 mile loop here that can be shortened if one likes. Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, May 2, 2021 @ 1:00 PM   05/05/2018 Trip Log of This Hike

Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, Woodbridge, VA. This 1 mile boardwalk is part of the new Neabsco Regional Park as well as part of the Potomac Herritage Trail It connects Rippon Lodge Park and Julie Metz Wetlands. We'll probably do a 3 mile loop consisting of the boardwalk, Blackburn RD, US1 and Neabsco RD. Saturday, June 5, 2021 @ 8:00 AM , Rain Date Sunday, June 6, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

Merrimac Farm WMA, 15014 Deepwood LA, Nokesville, VA 20181, 703-499-4954. Two 1 mile trails here that form a nice hike. 301 acres. Each hiker will need either a VA DGIF day pass, fishing, hunting or trapping license to get in. I may be able to get us a group pass for this one. Click/Tap Here for more info. Saturday, July 3, 2021 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, July 4, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Cross County Trail, 12055 Government Center PKWY, Fairfax, VA 22035, 703-324-8702. A 40 mile trail bisecting Fairfax County from north to south. We'll start by doing from the Occoquan River to Pohick RD. Click/Tap Here for a distance calculator. Saturday, August 7, 2021 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, August 8, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

Cub Run Stream Valley Trail 12055 Government Center PKWY, Fairfax, VA 22035, 703-324-8702. A 3.1 mile linear hike between Compton RD just W of the I66 and Sully Park DR near Deer Pond RD. We will hike the Cub Run South and Cub Run East Trails. There are still other trails in this area for future hikes. Saturday, September 4, 2021 @ 8:00 AM , Rain Date Sunday, September 5, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

Rocky Run Stream Valley Trail, 12055 Government Center PKWY, Fairfax, VA 22035, 703-324-8702. A 3.4 mile linear hike between Ellanor C Lawrence Park and the Fairfax County PKWY near Monument DR. Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 8:00 AM , Rain Date Sunday, October 3, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

WARF Trail System, 800 Waterloo RD, Warrenton, VA 20186, 540-349-2520. A series of loops surrounding the Warrenton Aquatic & Recreation Facility. About 3 miles. Saturday, November 6, 2021 @ 8:00 AM , Rain Date Sunday, October 7, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

Laurel Hill Park, 8320 Laurel Crest DR, Lorton, VA 22079, 703-324-8702. On the site of the former DC Prison at Lorton, this park has open meadows and numerous trails to hike. Saturday, December 4, 2021 @ 8:00 AM , Rain Date Sunday, December 5, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

Occoquan Regional Park, 9751 Ox RD, Lorton, VA 22079, 703-690-2121. They have a Blue Trail and a White Trail here that are somewhere between 2 and 3 miles. Saturday, January 1, 2022 @ 1:00 PM , Rain Date Sunday, January 2, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Lake Ridge/Occoquan Greenway Trail, 14420 Bristow RD, Manassas, VA 20112, 703-792-7060. A 7 mile linear trail that goes from Lake Ridge Marina to the Town of Occoquan, VA. We may do half of this one. Saturday, February 5, 2022 @ 8:00 AM , Rain Date Sunday, February 6, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Ben Lomond Park, 7500 Ben Lomond Park DR, Manassas, VA 20109, 703-361-4451. 2 miles of trails here. We can also take the trail further west along Bull Run under I66 and explore within Manassas National Battlefield. Saturday, March 5, 2022 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, March 6, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run DR, Centreville, VA 20121, 703-631-0550. There is the 2.5 mile White Perimeter Trail, a .5 mile Yellow Trail, the Bluebell Trail as well as the southern terminus of the Cross County Trail. Saturday, April 2, 2022 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, April 3, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Scotts Run Nature Preserve, 7400 Georgetown PK, McLean, VA 22102, 703-759-9018. This one may stretch our 1 hour from POPUMC rule but there are nice views as well as a nice 2.2 mile loop trail here. Saturday, May 7, 2022 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, May 8, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills ST, Great Falls, VA 22066, 703-759-9018. I've never been here but there is a suggested 4.5 mile loop trail Here. Saturday, June 4, 2022 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, June 9, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Fountainhead Regional Park, 10875 Hampton RD, Fairfax Station, VA 22039, 703-250-9124. Many hiking opportunities here including the eastern terminus of the Bull Run Occoquan Trail. Saturday, July 2, 2022 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, July 3, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, 12619 Yates Ford RD, Clifton, VA, 703-250-9124. We'll be doing a 3.8 mile loop that incorporates some of their trails as well as the Bull Run Occoquan Trail. Note that this is a moderate to difficult hike. Paradise Springs Winery is right across the street. Saturday, August 6, 2022 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, August 7, 2022 @ 1:00 PM.

Widewater State Park, 101 Widewater State Park RD, Stafford, VA 22554, 540-288-1400. Virginia's newest state park (for now). Only about 1 mile of trails there now but they are building another 2 mile trail there. There may be more by the time that we get to this one. Saturday, September 3, 2022 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, September 4, 2022 @ 1:00 PM.

Conway Robinson State Forest, Lee HWY, Gainesville, VA 20155, 434-977-6555. We'll do an easy 3.1 mile loop trail on this one. Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, October 2, 2022 @ 1:00 PM  07/07/2018 Trip Log of This Hike

Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock RD, Annandale, VA 22003, 703-321-7081. 6.3 miles of trails here including the Cross County Trail. Saturday, November 5, 2022 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, November 6, 2022 @ 1:00 PM 

Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed BLVD, Alexandria, VA 22306, 703-768-2525. This is an urban wetlands with about 2.4 miles of trails that include boardwalks. Saturday, December 3, 2022@ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, December 4, 2022 @ 1:00 PM 

New Years Day Hike 2023, For this one we will probably join one of the many close by First Day Hikes in the area. Sunday, January 1, 2023 @ TBD

Stafford Civil War Park, 400 Mt. Hope Church RD, Stafford, VA 22554, 540-685-4872. Government Island Park, 191 Coal Landing RD, Stafford, VA 22554. About 1.5 miles of trail at each park. They are less than 8 miles apart. Saturday, January 7, 2023 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, January 8, 2023 @ 1:00 PM 

Valley View Park, 11930 Valley View DR, Nokesville, VA 20181, 703-792-7060. An easy 2.2 mile loop through the woods around the ball fields. Saturday, February 4, 2023 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, February 5, 2023 @ 1:00 PM   08/04/2018 Trip Log of This Hike

Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig DR, Woodbridge, VA 22191, 703-730-8205. 2 loop trails there. 1.3 and 1.96 miles. Entrance fee of $10 per car. Saturday, March 4, 2023 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, March 5, 2023 @ 1:00 PM  09/01/2018 Trip Log of This Hike

Bristow Station Battlefield Heritage Park Loop Trail / Brentsville Courthouse Loop Trail, 10708 Bristow RD, Bristow, VA 20136. A 2.5 mile loop trail and, as an added bonus, a 1 mile loop trail up the street behind Brentsville Courthouse. Saturday, April 1, 2023 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, April 2, 2023 @ 1:00 PM  10/06/2018 Trip Log of This Hike

Nokesville Park, 12560 Aden RD, Nokesville, VA 20181, 703-792-7060. 2.5 mile loop trail around this park. Saturday, May 6, 2023 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, May 7, 2018 @ 1:00 PM  11/03/2018 Trip Log of This Hike

Silver Lake Park,16198 Silver Lake RD, Haymarket, VA 20169, 703-792-7060. Nice 4 mile loop trail here. Saturday, June 3, 2023 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, June 4, 2023 @ 1:00 PM  12/02/2018 Trip Log of This Hike

Andrew Leitch Park, 5301 Dale BLVD, Dale City, VA 22193, 703-792-7060. This is probably the closest hiking trail to POP. You can either do a loop trail of about 2 miles or a 3.5 mile linear hike between Princedale DR and either Mapledale, Lindendale or Roundtree DR and stage a vehicle at each end. This may be part of the future Neabsco Greenway  Saturday, July 1, 2023 @ 8:00 AM, Rain Date Sunday, July 2, 2023 @ 1:00 PM  03/03/2018 Trip Log of This Hike  01/01/2019 Trip Log of This Hike*

Leopold's Preserve, Throughfare RD, Haymarket, VA 20169. Another 4 mile loop trail around a development but in the woods. Saturday, August 5, 2023 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, August 6, 2023 @ 1:00 PM  01/05/2019 Trip Log of This Hike *

Holmes Run Trail, Between Columbia PK, Baileys Crossroads, VA and Eisenhower AVE, Alexandria, VA. This is a 4.2 mile linear 'urban' hike that goes through areas that some of us grew up in. Saturday, September 2, 2023 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, September 3, 2023 @ 1:00 PM 

Four Mile Run / W&OD Trail Loop, Arlington, VA. The Four Mile Run and W&OD Trails run on opposite sides of Four Mile Run for a good stretch in Arlington, VA. We should be able to carve out a 4-5 mile loop along these 2 trails. Saturday, October 7, 2023 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, October 8, 2023 @ 1:00 PM 

Broad Run Trail, Bristow, VA 20136, 703-792-7060. You can make numerous loops and linear hikes out of this 5 mile trail that will be expanded in the future. We can try a 2.5 mile up and 2.5 mile back on this one. Saturday, November 4, 2023 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, November 5, 2023 @ 1:00 PM  02/02/2019 Trip Log of This Hike

Vint Hill Loop Trail, Kennedy RD, Warrenton, VA 22186. I used to walk this 3 mile loop trail when I worked at Vint Hill. We could stretch it to 5 miles if everyone agrees. Remnants of the former military base are still present. Saturday, December 2, 2023 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, 3, 2023 @ 1:00 PM 

Bull Run Occoquan Trail, 5400 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039, 703-352-5900. We'll start at the western terminus within Bull Run Regional Park and hike to VA28. Only 1.7 miles. Click/Tap Here for a distance calculator. Click/Tap Here for a distance calculator. Monday, January 1, 2024 @ 1:00 PM

Warrenton Branch Greenway and Extensions, 800 Waterloo RD, Warrenton, VA 22186, 540-349-2520. An easy 3.6 miles between downtown Warrenton and Lord Fairfax Community College Warrenton Campus. Saturday, January 6, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, January 7, 2024 @ 1:00 PM

Maryland Heights Trail, 613-699 Harpers Ferry Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758 MD, 304-535-6029. Our first adventure in MD! A difficult but very scenic and historic 4.5 or 6.5 mile trail overlooking Harpers Ferry, WV. Allow 3-4 hours for this one. Saturday, February 3, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,  

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 13950 Dawson Beach RD, Woodbridge, VA 22191, 703-490-4979. A former government facility that did electromagnetic pulse testing, this pristine environment hosts many migrating birds. 4 miles of trails, $2.00 per vehicle admission fee. Saturday, March 2, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, March 3, 2024 @ 1:00 PM * 03/02/2019 Trip Log of This Hike

Crows Nest Natural Area Preserve, 81 Raven RD, Stafford, VA 22554, 804-786-7951. There are about 8 miles of trails here. Saturday, April 6, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, April 7, 2024@ 1:00 PM 

Riverside Preserve, 8150 Leeds Manor RD, Marshall, VA 20115. This preserve opened in early 2019 and is the only public access to the Rappahannock River in Fauquier County, VA. More info to follow. Saturday, May 4, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, May 5, 2024 @ 1:00 PM 

C.F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area, Summerduck, VA 22742. This one is mostly dirt roads but is nice hiking when it is not hunting season. Access permit required. Saturday, June 1, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, June 2, 2024 @ 1:00 PM 

Curtis Memorial Park / Lake Curtis, 58 Jesse Curtis Ln. Hartwood, VA 22406, 540-658-5114. I have to research this one more. Access permit may be required. Saturday, July 6, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, July 7, 2024 @ 1:00 PM  

Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point RD, Lorton, VA 22079, 703-339-2385. 7 miles of trails here. $10 entrance fee per vehicle. Saturday, August 3, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, August 4, 2024 @ 1:00 PM  *  04/06/2019 Trip Log of This Hike

Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve, 17405 Beverly Mill DR, Haymarket, VA 20137, 703-753-2631. Nice views, old structures and various loops that we can tackle. Sorry, but no dogs allowed on these trails. Saturday, September 7, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, September 8, 2024 @ 1:00 PM *  05/04/2019 Trip Log of This Hike

Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area, 6600 River Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, 540-786-8989. 5 miles of trails, nice. Saturday, October 5, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, October 6, 2024 @ 1:00 PM 

Pohick Bay Regional Park, 6501 Pohick Bay DR, Lorton, VA 22079, 703-339-6104. We'll do the 2 mile blue trail and the 1 mile white trail here here. $8.00 entrance fee per vehicle. Saturday, November 2, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, November 3 , 2024 @ 1:00 PM * 06/01/2019 Trip Log of This Hike

Potomac Heritage Trail, 1614 Aerie Lane McLean, VA 22101 571-436-7801. We'll do either the 5.5 mile section of the PHT through Prince William Forest, VA or another section. Saturday, December 7, 2024 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, December 8, 2024 @ 1:00 PM 

W&OD Trail, 21293 Smiths Switch RD, Ashburn, VA 20147, 703-729-0596. We'll probably do from Hamilton Depot to the bridge over VA7 near Leesburg, VA, 5.4 miles. Click/Tap Here for a Distance Calculator. Wednesday, January 1, 2025 @ 1:00 PM  

Bull Run / Occoquan Trail, 5400 Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039, 703-352-5900. We'll do about 5 miles from VA28 to the Popes Head Creek Trail within Hemlock Overlook Regional Park. Click/Tap Here for a distance calculator. Saturday, January 4, 2025 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, January 5, 2015 @ 1:00 PM 

Appalachian Trail, 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425, 304-535-6331. This one will be either 6 or 8.2 miles depending on where we leave a vehicle. From US522 near Front Royal, VA to either VA638 or VA55 near Linden, VA. This is a moderate to strenous hike. Click/Tap Here for a distance calculator. Saturday, February 1, 2025@ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, February 2, 2025 @ 1:00 PM *

Another section of the Fairfax Cross County Trail, VA. Click/Tap Here for a distance calculator. Saturday, March 1, 2025@ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, March 2, 2025 @ 1:00 PM *

A section of the C&O Canal Toepath Trail, MD. Click/Tap Here for a distance calculator. Saturday, April 5, 2025@ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, April 6, 2025 @ 1:00 PM *

A section of the Tuscarora Trail in VA and/or WV. Click/Tap Here for a distance calculator. Saturday, May 3, 2025@ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, May 4, 2025 @ 1:00 PM *

Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox RD, Fairfax Station, VA 22039, 703-323-6600. A 4.7 mile loop around the lake. There is an $10.00 vehicle entrance fee to this park. Saturday, June 7, 2025 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, June 8, 2025 @ 1:00 PM * 07/06/2019 Trip Log of This Hike

Meadowood Special Recreation & Management Area, 10406 Gunston RD, Lorton, VA 22079, 703-339-8473. A nice 3.5 mile trail called the South Branch Loop. Saturday, July 5, 2025 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, July 6, 2025 @ 1:00 PM * 08/03/2019 Trip Log of This Hike

Tour 2 Civil War Forts- Cannon Branch (Union) Earthwork Fort, 10611 Gateway BLVD, Manassas, VA 20110 and Mayfield (Confererate) Earthwork Fort, 8401 Quarry RD, Manassas, VA 20110. About a half mile walk at each site. Saturday, August 2 , 2025 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, August 3, 2025 @ 1:00 PM  09/07/2019 Trip Log of This Hike

Blue Trail at Fountainhead Regional Park, 10875 Hampton Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039, 703-250-9124. This is a 4.7 mile easy to moderate loop trail with some shortcut connector trails built in. Saturday, September 6, 2025 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, September 7, 2025 @ 1:00 PM  *

Blooms Park, 9701 Manassas DR, Manassas, Park, VA 20111, 703335-8872. A former golf course, this park was opened in September, 2019. About 3.53 miles of trails. Saturday, October 4, 2025 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, October 5, 2025 @ 1:00 PM  

Whitney State Forest, Lees Ridge RD, Warrenton, VA 22186, 703-347-6358. Over 7 miles of trails. We can do a 3.5 mile loop here. I will check the status of hunting in this park before we go. Located south of Warrenton, VA. Saturday, November 1, 2025 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, November 2, 2025 @ 1:00 PM * 10/05/2019 Trip Log of This Hike

Billy Goat Trail, C&O Canal NHP, 11710 Macarthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854, 301-767-3714. A total of 4.75 miles. Section A, 1.75 miles is strenous; Section B, 1.4 miles is moderate to strenous; Section C, 1.6 miles is easy to moderate. Saturday, December 6, 2025@ 8:00 AM ,  Rain Date Sunday, December 7, 2025 @ 1:00 *

Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102, 703-757-3101. About 13 miles of trails here. I'm sure that we can carve out a nice 5 mile route. Thursday, January 1, 2026 @ 1:00 PM *

Roosevelt Island, Potomac River, MD. About 3 miles of trails. I grew up less than 10 miles from here but I never hiked here. Saturday, January 3, 2026 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, January 4, 2026 @ 1:00 PM *

Mount Vernon Trail, George Washington Memorial Parkway c/o Turkey Run Park, McLean, VA 22101, 703-289-2500. This one is about 18 miles long. We can probably do a 7.4 mile linear hike from Belle Haven Park to Mount Vernon if we stage a vehicle at each end. Or we can do a 6.8 mile up and back from Fort Hunt Park. Or we could do a 3.4 mile one way hike from Fort Hunt Park to Mount Vernon if we stage a vehicle at each end. Your choice. Saturday, February 7, 2026 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, February 8, 2026 @ 1:00 PM *

Franklin Regional Park, 17501 Franklin Park DR, Purcellville, VA 20132, 540-338-7603. They have a 3.5 mile perimeter trail here that looks interesting. Saturday, March 1, 2026 @ 8:00 AM,  Rain Date Sunday, March 2, 2026 @ 1:00 PM 

C.M. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues RD, Midland, VA 22728, 540-422-8870. About 2 miles of trails. $7.00 per vehicle entrance fee. Added bonus: John Marshall Park 1.3 mile hike close by. Saturday, April 4, 2026,  Rain Date Sunday, April 5, 2026 @ 1:00 PM  11/02/2019 Trip Log of this hike

Sky Meadows State Park, 10112 Edmonds LA, Delaplane, VA 20144, 540-592-3556. We will be doing the 4.5 mile Lost Mountain loop $10.00 per vehicle admission fee. Please note that this is a moderate to strenous hike. Saturday, May 2, 2026 @ 8:00 AM * 12/07/2019 Trip Log of This Hike

Gilbert's Corner Regional Park, 23557 Watson RD, Leesburg, VA 20175, 703-327-9777. Not a lot of info on this new park. Hopefully, they will have a trail map available by the time that we get to this one.  Saturday, June 6, 2026 @ 8:00 AM,   Rain Date Sunday, June 7, 2026 @ 1:00PM 

We will start at the top of the list and go down the list the first Saturday of each month and new years day. Suggestions for additional hikes are welcome. So if you are interested in doing any of these hikes and getting on a mailing list announcing these hikes, please email me at mikecalabrese@aol.com .

This schedule is subject to change. In case of inclement weather (snow, thunder storms, heavy rain, temps below freezing for the high or above 95 degrees), hikes are subject to cancellation. Watch this space for announcements.

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Updated: 12/09/2019 13:53:13