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New Meetup: Bull Run-Occoquan Trail at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park - Clifton, VA

From: albert
Sent on: Sunday, August 15, 2010 10:30 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Alexandria Walking Group!

What: Bull Run-Occoquan Trail at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park - Clifton, VA

When: Saturday, September 4,[masked]:30 AM

Where: Hemlock Overlook Regional Park
13220 Yates Ford Rd
Clifton, VA 20124

Hey Super Troopers!!!

On this Labor Day weekend, let?s get lost in the woods of Hemlock Overlook Regional Park! If we do get lost...don?t worry, we?ll be fine--I?ve seen every episode of Man vs Wild and Survivorman twice!!

The Bull Run-Occoquan Trail (BROT) starts at Bull Run Regional Park and extends for 18 beautiful miles to Fountainhead Regional Park. This heavily-forested trail has wonderful views of the Bull Run stream and the Occoquan Reservoir. We?ll access the trail at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park and hike through oak and helmock forests downstream towards the Bull Run Marina.

As usual, this out-and-back hike will last about 2 hours (5 miles of smiles). In terms of hiking difficulty, I would classify this as an "easy" hike with moderate changes in elevation (hilly at the beginning and end). The terrain is primarily hard-packed dirt and is muddy in spots.

Directions: Hemlock is not that hard to find, but it is a bit complicated. Here are some instructions. Please allow yourself some time if it's your first attempt to reach the park.

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.

Use this Google Map so you don?t get lost!!

What to bring: yourself, water, comfy hiking shoes, and cool sunglasses. As always, if you have questions, need a ride, going to be late, or just want to say hello, my number is (301) 712-5880.

Hope you'll come to the dance!


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