Fields of Gold at Meadowood Recreation Area - Lorton, VA

Hey Super Troopers!!!

Welcome to Fall 2012! This is my favorite hiking season as there's nothing quite like the colors of autumn...I suppose, it's the New Englander in me. We got some great walks/hikes in mind for you, not to mention an upcoming camping trip that promises to be the best camping trip ever! Nothing is set in stone, so feel free to suggest where you'd like to go! I can't make promises, but we'll try...

I never made promises lightly...and there are some that I've broken...but I swear in the days still left...we'll walk in fields of gold...we'll walk in fields of gold... - Sting rocks!!!

Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area is 800-acres of gently sloping open meadows, mature hardwood forests along steep slopes, floodplains, ponds, and babbling brooks. This diverse habitat is home to Bambi, Thumper, and Flower, in addition to foxes, raccoons, hawks, eagles, and over 100 resident and migratory birds and waterfowl, plus a few horses! Meadowood Recreation Area

Meadowood offers 10 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. These trails pass through the wide variety of terrain mentioned above. We'll trek most of them, starting on the east side of the park and head westward. We'll then hike the 4.7-mile South Branch Loop. This loop is a great mountain biker-friendly trail for the freewheelers amongst us! Trail Map

This out-and-back (with a loop) hike will be our usual 2 hours (5.5 miles of smiles). Most of the trails are rated moderate, but nothing we can't handle with ease and relish!

How to get there: From I-95, exit 163. Take a Left onto Lorton Rd. at the end of exit ramp. Go under second overpass and turn right onto Lorton Market St. Go 0.8 miles to traffic light at Route 1. Go straight through light (road name changes to Gunston Rd) and go 0.7 mile and turn right on Old Colchester Road. Turn right onto Harley Road. Mustang Parking lot will be on your immediate right.

What to bring: yourself, water, comfy hiking shoes, and cool sunglasses! I'm not sure if dogs are allowed. Please remember this is a kid-free zone, no one under 18 please. If you have questions, are lost, or just want to say hello, my number is [masked]-5880.

Hope you'll come to the dance!

-albert

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Really great time!

    October 14, 2012

  • John M

    Beautiful day, nice trail, great friends - what could be better? Thanks Albert!

    October 14, 2012

  • Olga

    Great trail , thanks!

    October 14, 2012

  • Nats F.

    Rolling hills and trails

    October 14, 2012

  • Steve M

    Going to have to skip this walk, having brunch with some super models ;p
    Have a great walk and enjoy your day everyone!!

    October 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was really looking forward to this but will not be able to make it this time. Love this group!!

    October 14, 2012

  • Art

    Hello I am driving from DC, I have room for two

    October 14, 2012

  • Melody (.

    Sorry but won't be able to attend now. See ya next time!

    October 14, 2012

  • fernanda

    Hi! Im driving and going by myself, have room for 3. I live in Alexandria. Let me know if anyone needs a ride :)

    October 8, 2012

    • April L.

      Fernanda, would there be room for me in addition?! ;^)

      October 9, 2012

    • Karen

      Good Morning Fernanda, do you still have room for one more?

      October 14, 2012

  • Kelly A

    I live near the Huntington Metro (end of yellow line) if anyone needs a ride from there. I can take 3.

    October 11, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would like to join you as well.

      October 12, 2012

    • Kelly A

      I will be at Huntington metro at 9:15 on the Huntington side. We will make room for Vu and Naomi! My apologies for the late response...I will be holding a sign: Meadowood or bust!

      October 14, 2012

  • April L.

    I am regretful as well that I won't be able to join in on the festivities:( be safe and have a great time, hope to meet you all soon!!!

    October 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a public service announcement. Tomorrow's hiking weather: Partly cloudy skies. High near 75F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Lots of peeps!!! I can only hope there's enough parking. Oh well, but what we do...

    Bienvenidos to all the new kids! As I always say, the hikes are what you make of them! Please remember, for legal liabililty purposes, this is a kid-free zone. No one under 18 please... See you in the morning!

    This has been a public service announcement.

    October 13, 2012

  • Faye M.

    I am sorry to say due to a family matter I will not be able to join you wonderful people tomorrow. Hope to see you again soon.

    October 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    how long is the walk

    October 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love the high number of RSVPs!!! Parking might be an issue, so we'll just have to find a way. We could carpool over from one of the park and rides located in Lorton. I dunno, we'll see. I also love it when the tribe speaks (so I can use the phase, "the tribe has spoken"). Thoughts, suggestions...

    1 · October 11, 2012

  • Kelly A

    I will be on the Huntington side: NOT Kings Highway side at 9:30. My sign will say: Meadowood or bust! :-)

    October 11, 2012

  • Kelly A

    I have room for one more from the Huntington Metro. Matthew and Randolph are joining us!

    October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kelly, I would like to join you also. What time? Thanks in advance.

    October 11, 2012

  • Randolph

    I would like to join a carpool from any metro station in Alexandria

    October 8, 2012

  • ellen

    I'd like to join in and carpool from VanDorn area, if possible

    October 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a car with enough room for 2 people in back, and would be willing to pick up aforementioned people at the Van Dorn Metro. Let me know if you need a ride!

    October 4, 2012

    • marcella

      Hi

      October 5, 2012

    • marcella

      I would love to ride with you if that is possible. Thanks

      October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds great but I'm busy until 10. I don't think I can make it there by 10:30.

    October 4, 2012

  • Ashley

    I live in wonderful Manassas Park :) If anyone is in that area and needs a ride, let me know.

    October 4, 2012

  • Cheri

    Hi
    I am also looking to carpool with someone. I can help with gas

    October 3, 2012

  • Mel

    Same here - I and my husband would love to join but don't have a car. Happy to come to a metro station for pick-up!

    October 1, 2012

  • marcella

    Hi There. I do not have a vehicle, is it possible to carpool with some one. Can meet at the metro station of your convenience.
    Thanks
    Marcella

    October 1, 2012

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