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Neabsco Creek Boardwalk / Rippon Lodge, VA Day Hike

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This was another "lollipop loop" trail of about 3.25 miles that took place on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Participants were Betsy Campagna, Mary Gordon, Jessica Lowry, Tom O'Brien and Mike Calabrese.

As usual we met within the rear parking lot of

Prince of Peace United Methodist Church

and departed promptly at 8:00 AM. Tom and I drove separately. Betsy and Mary carpooled since they are family. And Jessica met us at the Eagles parking lot on Neabsco RD at around 8:25.

We started the hike shortly afterwards. The last time that we hiked the boardwalk as a group was in January, 2020. The route that we took then was boardwalk->Blackburn RD->US1->Neabsco RD, about a 4 mile loop. This time we did the Approach Trail to boardwalk->Boardwalk->Dirt Trail to parking lot->Sidewalk to Rippon Lodge->Trail back to parking lot-> Potomac Heritage Trail->Boardwalk->Approach trail back to our vehicles. The boardwalk was the stick of this lollipop loop hike.

We saw many turtles, minnows, red winged blackbirds and herons on our walk. I asked Betsy what she did for a living and she said that she had taught at Woodbridge High School. I asked if she knew Carlos C. She said that she did. I knew Carlos and Hilary through my better half Julie R. Julie went to college with Carlos and Hilary. About five minutes after this conversation who did we run into on the boardwalk? Carlos and Hilary. That was amazing.

Once we got to the north end of the boardwalk we took a dirt trail for about a quarter mile. We then cut across a parking lot and started up a sidewalk that would lead us to Rippon Landing. It was a tough up and I was last as usual. We looped around Rippon Landing, which was built in 1747 by John Blackburn.

There was a caretaker working nearby. I told him that I hiked a trail from Rippon Landing to Blackburn RD about 10 years ago and asked if that trail was still here and hikeable. He gave us directions to this trail. So we took it back down to the road. If you plan to do this hike, you may want to take this trail up to Rippon Landing and the sidewalk back down to Blackburn RD as the trail is shaded and is a more gradual up.

So we crossed Blackburn RD, took the Potomac Heritage Trail back to and over the boardwalk, then the approach trail back to our vehicles. I'm glad that we did this hike early as it was getting hot at the end. So this is another good hike in the books. Thanks to my four fellow hikers for coming out for this one.

Mike C


Along Neabsco Creek Boardwalk
   Along Neabsco Creek Boardwalk.
   By Mike Calabrese
Group Pic at end of hike
   Group Pic at end of hike
   By Mike Calabrese
Wetlands along Neabsco Creek
   Wetlands along Neabsco Creek
   By Mike Calabrese


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