Hey Super Troopers!!!
The last time we were here was back in June and the hike was organized by Cassie (her first, great job Cassie!). I knew she was super cool when I first met her (coolness always recognizes coolness!). We're all lucky as she brought her spirit of adventure, her enthusiasm for hiking, and her love of camping to our little group! Anyone who was with us during the Big Meadows hiking/camping weekend knows what I'm talking about!!! I'll just say it...I love Cassie!!! You all will love her too as she's the All-American girl....
Well she was an American girl...raised on promises...she couldn't help thinkin'....that there was a little more to life somewhere else...after all it was a great big world....with lots of places to run to...oh yeah, all right....take it easy, baby...make it last all night...she was an American girl!!! (I love that song!)
Hemlock Overlook Regional Park is named after the grove of hemlock trees above the banks of the Bull Run in the park's northern section. We'll start hiking/trudging deep into the forest along the its equestrian trails and in a matter of minutes will be surrounded by woods and wildlife! In addition, this park features lots of ups and downs along its rolling hills and flats along its ridges (we'll definitely get a great workout!). This hike will be a variation of previous hikes we've led here before (we...as in Cassie, Allie E, and yours truly).
As usual, this out-and-back hike will last about 2 hours (~5 miles of smiles). In terms of hiking difficulty, I dunno...probably on the easy side of moderate due to the changes in elevation, challenging uphills, and the rocky terrain. But you can reward yourself with a glass (or two) of wine at the winery!
How to get there: Hemlock Overlook isn't that hard to find, but it is a bit complicated. Please allow yourself some time if it's your first attempt to reach the park. We'll meet in the parking lot. Here are some instructions:
From the Beltway, take I-66 to Route 123, drive south on 123 to Clifton Road, turn right on Clifton Road and drive 3.7 miles, turn left on Yates Ford Road and follow it to the park entrance.
From the Fairfax County Parkway, go west on Burke Lake Road. In one mile, Burke Lake Road becomes Clifton Road at Route 123. Continue straight ahead for 3.7 more miles, turn left on Yates Ford Road and follow it to the park entrance.
What to bring: yourself, your furry friend, water, comfy hiking shoes, and cool sunglasses! As always, if you have questions, going to be late, or just want to say hello, my number is (301) 712-5880.
Hope you'll come to the dance!