On Thursday, September 16, 2021 I did a double recon of the half mile missing
link of the Warrenton Branch Trail and a half mile of the Timber Fence Trail
in Warrenton, VA for upcoming hikes for the |
POPUMC Hiking Group .
I had business in Warrenton, VA so I decided to check out a section of the
Warrenton Branch Trail in Warrenton, VA. They were supposed to complete a
missing segment of the Warrenton Branch Rail Trail near Fauquier Education
Farm in Warrenton, VA by the end of 2021. So I drove to the parking lot of
the farm on Meetze RD. When I arrived at the farm I was shocked to see a
brand new trail between the farm and Meetze RD. It had been recently paved and
there were poles and holes on each side of the trail where they were planning
to erect fences. "This is great!", I thought. So I got out of my vehicle and
proceeded to hike it.
The initial problem that I encountered was that they had built a fence between
the trail and the farm. I walked north for about a quarter mile, then back
again. I finally had to walk down to where the trail ended and started
hiking it there. There were two ladies hiking the trail ahead of me. When
they got to US29 the bridge there was blocked so they turned around and walked
back past me. I
said hello and that it was great to be hiking on a new trail. They agreed as
they passed me.
It turns out that the missing link was a small bridge that they built over an
unnamed creek. They also paved the area just south of US29 that opened a
few years ago. So I hiked the half mile from Fauquier Farm to US29. The
bridge over US29 was blocked. So I turned around and started walking back to
my vehicle. I got half way back and had just crossed a small road when I
heard a vehicle pull up behind me. A voice then said that I was not supposed
to be hiking on this trail.
It was the construction foreman. He looked mad. So I said that I was sorry
and didn't know that the trail was closed. I also said that my vehicle was
parked a quarter mile down the trail and asked if I could proceed. He
reluctantly said OK. I then told him that I thought that they did a great job
on this trail and that this was the centerpiece of the future trail ring around
Warrenton, VA. He smiled a bit then and told me that this trail was not
complete yet as they had to install fencing on each side of the trail. I asked
when they expaected to open it? He then said that a ribbon cutting was planned
for late September or early October.
He also asked me to please not tell anyone about this trail until it was
officially open. I said OK. That's why I have held off publishing this
post until the end of September. Below are some images of this new trail.
What follows afterwards is a description of my ongoing quest to explore the
Timber Fence Trail between The WARF and Timber Fence PKWY.
South view of new trail.
Closed bridge over US29.
New benches & Trash Cans.
Selfie along trail.
N end of new trail.
After my appointment in Warrenton I drove over to the intersection of the
Timber Fence PKWY and Reins LA in Warrenton. Here was supposed to be a
future trail that would go southwest to the WARF in Warrenton and northeast to
Rady Park. There was an alternative trail a block east of here. But alot of
it was on roads. I had read that the locals were not in favor of the proposed
Timberfence Parkway between Reins and Waterloo RDS. And the area that the
parkway was supposed to go through was now a wooded area. So I wanted to
explore it and see if there was a way to get from Reins RD to Waterloo RD
and the WARF.
I parked my vehicle at Timber Fence and Reins and walked the asphalt trail
until I got into a wooded area. There, I came across a mowed trail that
appeared to go around the perimeter of this wooded area.
Someone took the time to paint all of the roots on the trail white. I
assume that the high school is using the loop in these woods for track or
cross country practice runs. I went
left on this circular trail and took it clockwise starting at the six o'clock position and took it around to about the eleven o'clock position. The trail then dumped me out onto the practice field of Fauquier High School.
At this point I probably could have walked out to Waterloo RD. However, since
school was in session I didn't want to trespass on school property. And I
was needing to get home. So I retraced my steps back to my vehicle. I plan to come back here sometime between now and our November hike and hike this loop
trail in the woods counter clockwise and see if it comes out somewhere not on
school or private property. If it does, then I think that I can get to
Waterloo RD and the WARF. More to follow...
Paved trail on Timber Fence.
Entering wooded area.
Mowed trail, painted roots.
Practice field, Fauquier HS.
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