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Say goodbye to summer at Hemlock Overlook & Paradise Springs Winery - Clifton VA

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!

-albert

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time, it was a beautiful day for a hike in the woods.

    September 10, 2012

  • Victoria

    Albert, Lowell, and Jeff, thank you all very much for helping on my wrecked car on Sunday’s hike. Unfortunately my car was damaged by a falling tree branch. Your generous help made the difficult times easier and I truly appreciate your help on this matter. This is a very friendly group, and I am so glad I have met great people here.

    September 10, 2012

  • Cindy

    A most excellent combination!

    September 9, 2012

  • Victoria

    It was great hike.

    September 9, 2012

  • Julia P

    Wonderful way to say goodbye to summer! I had a great time.

    September 9, 2012

  • Carlos

    Had a great time at Hemlock. It was a beautiful area and the weather was just right.

    September 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful weather, great people, a nice walk in the woods and refreshing sangria, you can't ask for more. Thank you Albert:)

    September 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first Meetup event. Beautiful walk, great people, plus wine? It doesn't get much better!

    September 9, 2012

  • John M

    Thanks, Albert!

    September 9, 2012

  • Odi

    Was looking forward to this but something just came up.

    September 9, 2012

  • Odi

    I'm in south Alexandria if anyone needs a ride or if I can hitch a ride too. Let's conserve some gas people :)

    September 7, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      can you give me a ride?i live in southern towers

      September 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    hello,its my first time here,and i am exciting lol
    any one from alexandria to ride with ?
    i live in southern towers !

    September 8, 2012

  • Nats F.

    I get to use my new walking stick!!

    September 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a public service announcement.

    Please note the start time has been pushed back to 11am. There are limited parking spots at the trailhead and we can't park on Paradise Springs Winery before 11 (VA alcohol blue laws). After 11, feel free to park at the winery.

    Tomorrow's hiking weather: Sunshine. High 79F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. - Expect an absolutely gorgeous day!

    Enjoy you Saturday evening and see you in the morning!

    This has been a public service announcement.

    September 8, 2012

  • Belle

    i need a ride. anyone from alexandria?

    September 6, 2012

  • Rick K

    I can swing by West Falls Church Metro to pick up a few people if a ride is needed. Please email me if interested.

    September 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this 5 miles out, or out and back?

    September 5, 2012

    • John M

      I'm sure that's out and back.

      September 5, 2012

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