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Prince William Forest Park -- Featuring the Turkey Run Ridge Area Trails! A Moderate 7.5-Mile Hike -------------------- COVID-19 CHANGES: Social Distancing (6 feet) at all times. No Carpools. Bring a mask. If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, then please do not sign up. -------------------- Roughly 100 miles inland from Virginia’s coast, a geologic boundary called the fall line marks a change in the landscape. Here, the sandy soil of Virginia’s coastal plain segues into the bedrock underlying the Piedmont. The effect is pronounced on rivers, where waterfalls and rapids form. Historically, these acted as barriers to ocean-faring vessels. Towns formed up and down the fall line to handle commerce between inland farmers and traders. Prince William Forest Park, a small national park straddling the fall line in Prince William County, is tied to this history through the tobacco farmers and miners who used the nearby port town of Dumfries to ship their goods. Today, the park still receives but from nature lovers who are drawn by the cascades, wildlife, rare plants, and historic ruins. Our hike plan combines an excellent streamside route that takes us along the South Fork of Quantico Creek with connecting trails across ridges and valleys just north of the creek. We will be exploring the south-central portion of Prince William Forest Park, which is a National Park. Transition Hike This is a fantastic transition hike for anyone looking to progress from easy level hiking to a more moderate level as there is just the right amount of elevation gain/change, but with no long hills. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Triangle, VA Length: 7.5 total miles Elevation Gain: 600 feet Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Moderate Trail Surface: A combination of dirt forest paths, lead through hardwood forests and along streams to small cascades, rock outcrops, and waterfalls Season: Year-round Trailhead Elevation: 97 feet Local Maps: USGS Quantico, Joplin Topo Map: Prince William Forest Park Topographic Map Park Fee The park fee is $20 dollars per single passenger vehicle (fewer than 14 passengers), valid for 7 consecutive days. • This park is a national park so annual national park passes are accepted. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Triangle+VA+USVA0774) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/pwf---trec.html) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m. The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer-supported non-profit charitable organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer-supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! 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