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State Fair of Virginia – Doswell, Virginia

October 3, 2012
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State Fair of Virginia – Doswell, Virginia

  The State Fair of Virginia is currently running this year through October 7, 2012. The fairgrounds at Meadows Event Park, nearly saw the end of the annual fair earlier this year after some financial hardships, but the event was saved.   This fair is much like the county fairs I have grown up...

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Henry Hill Loop Trail- Manassas Battlefield, Virginia

September 29, 2012
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Henry Hill Loop Trail- Manassas Battlefield, Virginia

  Distance: 1.2 mile loop Difficulty: Easy   The Henry Hill Loop Trail is a historic loop trail beginning at the Visitor’s Center of Manassas National Battlefield Park. The loop begins out the back door of the Visitor Center and Museum. From here, the trail is not a typical hiking trail, but rather an...

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Farms to Forest Loop and Extension–Prince William National Forest

September 21, 2012
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Farms to Forest Loop and Extension–Prince William National Forest

Distance: 2.7 mile loop (1 mile loop along Farms to Forest and 1.7 mile loop along the Farms to Forest Extension). Difficulty: Easy The Farms to Forest Loop and the Farms to Forest Loop extension trail are two trails in Prince William Forest near the Oak Ridge Campground.  This trail gets its name from...

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God Bless the USA – Happy Independence Day America

July 4, 2012
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Golden Orb Trail – Long Key State Park, Florida

June 22, 2012
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Golden Orb Trail – Long Key State Park, Florida

Distance: 1.2 mile loop Difficulty: Easy   The Golden Orb Trail, named after the native, Golden Orb Spider, is a 1.2 mile long hiking loop through a five very different ecosystems on Long Key. Beginning along a boardwalk next to the visitor parking area, the trail first walks over a section of mangroves and...

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Piedmont Trail – Prince William Forest

June 8, 2012
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Piedmont Trail – Prince William Forest

Distance: 0.4 mile loop Difficulty: Easy This short, rubberized paving loop carries hikers down a hillside to a viewing platform over a section of open forest . The trail also contains numerous sign posts indicating native animal species as well as identifying certain trees along the trail. Directions:   From I-95: 1. Take exit...

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Mary Bird Branch Trail, Little Run Loop–Prince William Forest Park

June 8, 2012
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Mary Bird Branch Trail, Little Run Loop–Prince William Forest Park

Distance: Mary Bird Branch –0.5 mile one way, Little Run Loop 0.6 loop. Total -1.7 mile loop Difficulty: Mary Bird Branch –Easy, Little Run Loop –Easy to Moderate The Mary Bird Branch Trail and Little Run Loop, together, form a nice loop through the middle section of Prince William Forest.  The Mary Bird Branch...

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The Crossing–Prince William Forest

June 7, 2012
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The Crossing–Prince William Forest

  Distance: 0.5 mile loop Difficulty: Easy The Crossing loop trail takes hikers around a section of Prince William Forest previously used as the main route Washington and Rochambeau used in their march to Yorktown and colonial victory during the Revolutionary War. This section of trail contains several information markers about the use of...

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Quantico Cascades Trail – Prince William Forest

June 6, 2012
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Quantico Cascades Trail – Prince William Forest

  Distance: 0.8 miles one way with short lollipop loop on North Valley Trail Difficulty: Easy to moderate (short steep section during lollipop loop. The Quantico Cascades Trail is a short, somewhat easy hike down to Quantico Creek. The upper ridge of the trail (providers overlook in the winter) denotes with signage that this...

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Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Trail, Pyrite Mine Road – Prince William Forest

June 5, 2012
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Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Trail, Pyrite Mine Road – Prince William Forest

  Distance: Approximately 2.1 mile loop Difficulty: Easy Beginning on Pyrite Mine Road, a gravel bike trail, hikers will travel for about 10 minutes before reaching the beginning of the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Trail on the left. Look for the concrete post with a small metal band containing directional arrows on it.  ...

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