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Springtime at Great Falls Park

Great Falls National Park, VA

Saturday is a free entry day at the National Parks, so let's enjoy a springtime hike at Great Falls Park! It's a popular park, so we'll beat the rush with a slightly early start. • What we'll do: This is a two-part hike: - The first part is a 3.2 mile loop; south from the meetup point along Old Carriage Road and the Ridge Trail, and returning north along River and Potowmack trails. After returning we'll take a short break for a pit stop. - The second part is a 1.6 mile out-and-back; north along the Potomac Heritage Trail to the Conn Island spillway and returning south along the same route. - The total distance is about 5 miles, plus a little extra to check out the overlooks. Plan for around 3 hours at a moderate pace. The surface is dirt or gravel throughout, except for the River Trail, which is broken and rocky. The going is easy to moderate except for the River Trail, which is moderate to strenuous. - Google map: http://tinyurl.com/h6w786v • How to get there: - Driving: From the I-495 Capital Beltway (either direction), take exit 44 onto VA-193/Georgetown Pike towards Great Falls. Follow signs for Great Falls. Drive 4.4 miles west along Georgetown Pike. At the traffic light at the intersection with Old Dominion Road, turn right to enter the park. (There is a park sign.) Drive 1 mile along Old Dominion Road and note the Visitor Center on your right. Continue another 0.1 miles (just past the Visitor Center) and turn right to enter the main parking area. Arrive early! Even at 9 am, there may be a line to enter the park! See https://goo.gl/maps/5vqE4ngmbsn - Metro: Sorry, this is not a Metro accessible hike. • What to bring: Water, comfy shoes or boots with tread on them and your furry friend if desired (leashes please). Sunscreen and possibly insect repellent are recommended. A poncho may be handy if we run into any showers. The trails may be muddy in places due to Friday night rains, so a change of shoes may be useful for after the hike. • Weather: The forecast is mostly cloudy and a high of 69F, with a 40% chance of showers and 7-10 mph SW winds. Updates here: http://tinyurl.com/mek9mf4 • Advisories: - As a reminder, this is an adult group, and you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and well-being during events. No one under 18 years of age is allowed at this event, either as members or as guests, to include babies in carriers and/or strollers. - The River Trail runs along the edge of sheer cliffs in many sections, so if you have difficulties with depth perception, you may wish to avoid the River Trail and return to the start point along Old Carriage Rd. As the NPS website notes, "Your safety is your responsibility." Exercise caution and keep a close eye on your furry friend! • Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and drinking fountains at the Great Falls Visitor Center. There are no trashcans in the park! If you bring it in, you pack it out! • Notes: - Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102: https://tinyurl.com/h87o99t - Trail Map: http://tinyurl.com/obbjbc - Free Entrance Days at the National Parks: http://tinyurl.com/go82aan

Easter Morning on the C&O Canal Towpath

Billy Goat Trail C - North Parking Lot

Let's go for a Easter morning jaunt along the C&O Canal towpath. Happily, I will not be wearing the giant rabbit outfit that I wore at Filene's Dept. store in Boston for a Beatrix Potter promotion many years ago. This will be a straight hike with a simple loop - no creeks, no rocks, no hills - just plenty of elbow room for conversation. ● What we'll do: - From the Billy Goat Trail C - North Parking Lot, we’ll walk upstream along the C&O Canal towpath to the Stop Gate, cross the canal, head downstream along Berma Road to Angler's Footbridge, cross the canal again, and continue downstream to our start point along the C&O Canal Towpath. - The total distance is 5.9 miles and should take a little over 2 hours, including a break. The surface is fairly level and smooth gravel/dirt. - Google map: https://tinyurl.com/y8pk6ak2 ● How to get there: From the I-495 Capital Beltway (either direction), take exit 41 onto Clara Barton Parkway and follow signs for Carderock. On Clara Barton Parkway, take the first exit right at the brown sign marked "Carderock Carderock Div. NavSurfWarCen." After exiting, turn left to cross over Clara Barton Parkway, then continue straight, going around a curve and through a tunnel under the C&O Canal. At the T-junction, turn right and drive to the furthest parking lot. Do not rely solely on GPS coordinates; they have led some attendees astray in the past. Here's a couple of Google map directions: - From the outer loop: https://goo.gl/maps/3m7VZZfg9PM2 - From the inner loop: https://goo.gl/maps/AgPsc8nC1VQ2 - Sorry, this is not a Metro-accessible hike. ● What to bring: Water, comfy shoes and your furry friend if desired (leashes please). Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. ● Weather: Forecast is partly sunny and 67 degrees. Updates here: http://tinyurl.com/q6s64kc ● Advisory: As a reminder, this is an adult group, and you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and well-being during events. No one under 18 years of age is allowed at this event, either as members or as guests, to include babies in carriers and/or strollers. ● Administrative stuff: There are public restrooms at the parking area (three stars) and at the Old Angler's Inn entrance (four stars). ● Notes: - NPS website (for park alerts): https://tinyurl.com/y7fgg7gu - NPS Great Falls trail map (pdf): http://tinyurl.com/nzfhxgr

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