Loudoun County Trails Association

Loudoun County Trails Association LOCOTA (Loudoun County Trails Association) is a group that advocates the development of new and existing multi-use trails within Loudoun County.

The goals of LOCOTA are to:
1 - Quantify the benefits of the outdoor recreation trail economy in Loudoun County and ascertain the assets and needs of all non-motorized recreation trail users on an ongoing basis.
2 - Foster the maintenance and expansion of existing recreation trails and associated support facilities, and the development of new facilities and recreation trails in Loudoun County, inc

The goals of LOCOTA are to:
1 - Quantify the benefits of the outdoor recreation trail economy in Loudoun County and ascertain the assets and needs of all non-motorized recreation trail users on an ongoing basis.
2 - Foster the maintenance and expansion of existing recreation trails and associated support facilities, and the development of new facilities and recreation trails in Loudoun County, inc

FYI- Karen Jones
04/12/2021

FYI- Karen Jones

03/12/2020

FYI- The VDOT meeting regarding the 495 project for this evening has been postponed!! Karen Jones

03/11/2020
Potomac Heritage Trail Association

All the places on the diagram that say bike trail should also have included pedestrian. FYI- Karen Jones Niedringhaus

A non-profit group for builders, stewards, users and enthusiasts of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

FYI- Karen
03/11/2020

FYI- Karen

Please testify in favor of this amazing trail link if you can on March 12, at Langley HS in McLean, 6:30pm.

If you cant come, please tell VDOT (by APRIL 15) you support the trail via e-mail or snail mail at the addresses shown here

Horray!! A win for the trail community!! Karen
02/04/2020

Horray!! A win for the trail community!! Karen

When we learned that I-66 widening threatened the Bull Run Loop Trail, by a plan to install impassable boulders along Bull Run under the highway, we organized a grass-roots effort to preserve this trail. With the help of State Senators Surovell and Marsden, Gainesville Supervisor Candland, the Prince William County Trails and Blueways Coalition, George Phillips of Prince William County Transportation, Ryan Delaney of Prince William Parks, VDOT's Susan Shaw and Bruce Barnett, and many others, we believe a solution has been found to keep this trail open (after I-66 widening is finished). Instead of impassable boulders, there will be a trail corridor under the bridge connecting public parks on both sides of I-66.

FYI- Karen
12/04/2019

FYI- Karen

Fairfax Co DOT and Supervisor Storck will share plans to extend the Mt Vernon Trail two miles to Woodlawn/Route 1. This historic route, from George Washington's home to some of his businesses (distillery, mill), will become part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Karen and Bill will represent PHTA/Fairfax Trails and Streams

FYI- Karen
12/04/2019

FYI- Karen

PHTA is co-sponsoring a work trip on Saturday, Dec 7, to continue rehabilitation of a scenic hiking trail in Fort Washington Park. The work will be conducted in support of the National Park Service, which owns the historic park but does not have the resources to maintain the trail. The trail that we will be working on runs for about a mile and a half from the park entrance, along the shoreline of Swan Creek, and then along the Potomac shoreline to the lighthouse at the bottom of the old fort. This trail is expected to be designated as a portion of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. We already made good progress during two work trips earlier in the fall. We plan to clear the remaining fallen logs, fallen branches, tall grass and undergrowth, and other obstacles to reopen the trail. We also plan to repair a couple of bridges, paint new blazes, and paint walkway railings installed earlier by Boy Scouts. The main tools required will be saws, pruners, rakes, and basic carpentry tools. The work session will run from noon to 3 p.m. We will meet at the parking lot a couple of hundred yards inside the park entrance, at 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744. For more information about the park, see the NPS web site at https://www.nps.gov/fowa/index.htm. There's a lot of work to do, so please respond if you can help!

FYI- Karen
11/18/2019

FYI- Karen

FYI- Karen
11/18/2019

FYI- Karen

Odin Milbury and his team completed a series of boardwalks along Pimmit Run in October, a key step toward achieving his Eagle Scout rank. This is the 7th Eagle project Ed Pickens has mentored in 2019.

11/18/2019
Potomac Heritage Trail Association

FYI- Karen

Anstr Davidson, a Potomac Appalachian Trail Club certified chain sawyer for NPS, clears fallen log off possible ford route for PHT at Dead Run. At site also: Ric Francke, Ray Smith, Bill Niedringhaus (Nov. 6), and in October, John Schell, Bob Cosgriff, Wade Smith, Karen Jones. We (PATC assisted by PHTA) are looking at several possible routes, and will choose one soon. Most likely the new ford will begin and end at the same spot as the old ford, which washed out in July. It will be quite a job!

FYI-Karen
09/23/2019

FYI-Karen

On Saturday, Sept. 21, PATC, PHTA and other volunteers teamed up to repair the flood-damaged ford at Turkey Run 1.25 miles downriver from the American Legion bridge. One crew improved the stairs on the downriver end; another moved large rocks to make a better ford.

09/23/2019
Potomac Heritage Trail Association

FYI- Karen

On Sept 21,2019 13-year-old Gabriel Raphael of Scout Troop 1165- Sterling Va, as part of his quest to attain the Eagle Scout badge, led a team of 40 youths and adults to make major improvements on the Sugarland Run Steam Valley Trail. In the video at time stamp 4:20, a bridge with railing installed; at 5:30, a bridge installed in 2005 was dislocated by a fallen tree; Rafael's team moved it 30 feet and reinstalled it. The team also did major clearing seen in the entire video. Overall they contributed 120 person-hours of work. PHTA's Karen Jones helped mentor the project for Loudoun County Parks.

FYI- Karen
09/17/2019

FYI- Karen

Volunteers have reopened a 3/4 mile section of the PHNST in McLean outside the beltway soundwall. It is the section shown in pink on Slide 2. In about 3 years, this is scheduled to become a paved bike trail.

FYI- Karen
09/17/2019

FYI- Karen

PHTA volunteers mowed and cleared 4 miles of the most overgrown section of the Potomac Heritage Trail above Riverbend Park on August 24. Weeds had almost obscured the trail in some sunny areas. Some areas had 6' high nettles hugging both sides of a 1' trail corridor. The entire route is now mowed to at least 3.5 feet wide, and where the vegetation is high, 6 feet wide. Volunteers this trip were Ric Francke, Karen Jones and Bill Niedringhaus. Other volunteers on this section who have put in many hours over the last few weeks include Jim Hamlin, Fabienne LeGrand, Julianne McNulty and Brian Egenrider.

FYI- Karen
09/17/2019

FYI- Karen

This fairly remote 1.6-mile section of the Potomac Heritage Trail has finally attracted enough users to get worn in, and is in good shape after Karen and I lopped/hedge-clipped it from Potomac Drive to Elizabeth Mills Park (Lansdowne) yesterday.

FYI-Karen
09/17/2019

FYI-Karen

National Park Service, Sierra Club PRO, and PHTA teamed up to clear a mile of trail at Ft. Washington Sept. 7. There were about 15 volunteers

FYI- Karen
09/17/2019

FYI- Karen

On Friday, Sept 13, PHTA-ers Glenn Gillis, Ric Francke, Karen Jones and Bill Niedringhaus cleared an overgrown section of the PHNST through Trump National. You can now enjoy the entire 14 miles of PHNST from Great Falls Park through Riverbend, Southdown, Fraser, Upper Seneca, Trump and Algonkian Park.

08/19/2019
Potomac Heritage Trail Association

More work done by volunteers!! Karen L Jones

A non-profit group for builders, stewards, users and enthusiasts of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

This is what can be done with volunteers!!  Karen L Jones
08/19/2019

This is what can be done with volunteers!! Karen L Jones

The Cross County Trail fords Little Difficult Run south of Lawyers Road, north of Vale Road. Only the most sure-footed have been able to cross it, even in low water. Volunteers (Fairfax Trails and Streams, Hunter Valley Association and Hunter Valley Riding Club) today improved the ford for all users. Both cliff-like banks were cut to a shallower angle. More rocks were added to the ford. For horses, a way was cleared just downstream of the hiker/biker ford. Our fix is not permanent; the rocks are not large enough to withstand a major flood. A longer-range solution is to work with a "come-along", or winch, such as used by Park Authority Maintenance, that can move rocks of 200 lb.

Pictures from the Jonathan Vassar Eagle Scout project- Karen Jones Niedringhaus
06/25/2019

Pictures from the Jonathan Vassar Eagle Scout project- Karen Jones Niedringhaus

More photos from June 25; see also video posted yesterday

06/22/2019
Potomac Heritage Trail Association

FYI!!

On Saturday, June 22, Jonathan Vassar and his team of twenty fellow scouts and family members, completed 600 feet of side-hilling, and two rock stairways (previously, this trail was narrow and better suited to mountain goats). This trail is accessible from the Victoria Lane cul de sac (turn left at bottom of hill), or from the Potomac Heritage Trail just east of the Sugarland Run Bridge.

FYI!!
06/22/2019

FYI!!

John Schell of PATC needs your help on the Potomac Heritage Trail to repair recent heavy flood damage.
Update 6/24:
"We will be working downstream from the C-1 lot in Turkey Run Park. We meet in lot C-1 at 9am next Saturday, June 29. We will be working on high water damage to the trail and trimming invasive foreign vines off the trail.
Bring a shovel and if you have a mattox that will be very helpful.
Please let me know if you plan to come so we can plan our projects.
Contact John at [email protected]

Original message 6/19
"We have done significant repair on the trail, but more needs to be done. We have 2 workdays planned for your committee: June 29 and July 20 from 9am to 12pm. Please mark it in your calendars.
I will be back in touch with you next week with specific locations we will work on
I urge you to recruit others to participate. We have plenty of work to do."

FYI
06/13/2019

FYI

THROWBACK THURSDAY-- NOVA PARKS—BUILDING FOR WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT

Fountainhead Regional Park is part of NOVA Parks’ largest continuous acreage of parkland. Covering over 6,000 acres of parkland and over 25 miles along the southern border of Fairfax County, this area along the Bull Run and Occoquan Rivers and Reservoir protects the drinking water source for one million people. The Idea for Fountainhead was simple: offer a myriad of outdoor pursuits that cater to those who want an outdoor adventure.

For the complete story: http://ow.ly/Tye650uCj5L

#HappinessHere #DiscoverWhatsNext #60Years #NOVAParks

06/02/2019
Potomac Heritage Trail Association

What a beautiful day!!

Today, June 1, was the Grand Opening for Woodbridge's 3/4 mile-long Neabsco Boardwalk. After a brief ceremony and ribbon cutting, the gates were opened and crowds surged forward to enjoy the beautiful urban wetland.

FYI- Karen
05/26/2019

FYI- Karen

Karen and I hiked the Turkey Run Loop trail on Friday. Spectacular river views, but it can be challenging to cross both Turkey and Dead Run. At Dead Run to follow the yellow blazed trail, you need to look carefully at a big tree across Dead Run. You will see the yellow blazing. Once across Dead Run the trail basically follows a rock fall up the other side but you will find yellow blazes if you look carefully. We did it! At two spots, you'll be clinging to knotted ropes to get up/down steep gullies.

John Schell of PATC is leading a series of Saturday-morning work trips to improve the Potomac Heritage Trail. Yesterday his crew worked on the section just downriver of our map. Please lend him a hand!

FYI- Karen
05/26/2019

FYI- Karen

VDOT announced its plans for widening the Beltway in McLean, including trails very nearly as PHTA would have advocated. If these trails are built as VDOT envisions, the Potomac Heritage Trail takes a major step forward. All the new trails stay on the QUIET side of sound walls along the entire route. Target completion date is 2023. VDOT envisions the trail from Old Dominion north to be built WITH the widening project; the part south of Old Dominion to be completed later. Trail advocates should urge it be built with the project, a position supported by Supv. Foust's office.

FYI- Karen
05/02/2019

FYI- Karen

The Cross County Trail will pass under Rt 7 at Difficult Run when the road is widened. The key issue now is to make sure the CCT under 7 is paved with scored concrete, NOT asphalt (which will wash away with the first big flood). Concrete, though, is a bit more expensive and the existing budget calls only for asphalt. Please come support this! Public hearings:
May 7, 7-9pm, Forestville Elem.School, 1085 Utterback Store Rd.,Great Falls.
May 14, 7-9pm, Colvin Run Elem. School, 1400 Trap Road, Vienna.
Call Arifur Raman at VDOT: 703 259 1940 by May 24, or email [email protected] (Subject should be "May 2019 public information meeting")

More info at connectroute7.org/

FYI!!
04/14/2019

FYI!!

The Fairfax County Park Authority recently repaired a washed-out section of the CCT just north of the Georgetown Pike parking lot. This section was closed late last year, when a large tree fell into Difficult Run, subjecting the site to rapid erosion. This vital trail link is now restored!

FYI!!
04/14/2019

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The Cross-County Trail's giant stepping stones, damaged a couple of years ago by high water, and repaired for hikers and bikers, has recently been made passable for equestrians. To do so, the Fairfax County Park Authority removed some of the stones on the south end of the ford that were awkward for horses; the natural surface "ramp" is now easy for them to cross. The bank on the north side was also improved for horses.

FYI
04/11/2019

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Prince William Forest Park just released a draft Trail Plan/Environmental Assessment. Our view: There is some good stuff, but significant missed opportunities. Good stuff: 13 miles of new trails, including a new trail entrance off Mulcaster Terrace and off Aden Road, better trail connections to the Chopawamsick area, a new loop trail there, and—for the first time—trails for equestrians and off-road bikes. Not so good: (1) failure to approve our recommendation for a perimeter trail, and (2) three new trailheads that could be very useful for the Potomac Heritage Trail (details in photo album). Please let the Park Service know what you support by April 18: go to bit.ly/TrailComments_PWFP

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04/07/2019

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Opening Ceremony for the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk is June 1, 10 AM; activities (hikes, boats, music, food, much more) 11-4. Stay tuned for details. It is a beautiful new part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

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04/07/2019

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The National Park Service wants to know what should happen to Claude Moore Farm at Turkey Run, now that historical exhibits have closed. They ask: “Should we offer farm activities, return the area to its natural state, provide connections to neighboring trail systems or something else altogether?” Fairfax Trails and Streams, of course, advocates connections to neighboring trails, particularly as they form part of a larger McLean Loop Trail. Let's tell them so at their open house on April 25, 6-8pm, Madison Community Center located at 3829 N Stafford St. Arlington.

Please show up and give your opinion on trails as part of a reuse for this Superfund site!!
04/07/2019

Please show up and give your opinion on trails as part of a reuse for this Superfund site!!

We encourage you to come Tues. April 9, 6:30pm to express support for turning this beautiful site along the Potomac in Eastern Loudoun into a park with trails. There is a chance that it will, but it also may be closed to the public--the decision may be based on how enthusiastic the response is on April 9. A park with trails here would fill a crucial gap in the Potomac Heritage Trail. Galilee Church, 45425 Winding Rd, Sterling.

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03/28/2019

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Progress Report--Here is what the new section looked like in late December. It is scheduled for completion in spring.

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