The Crossing–Prince William Forest

June 7, 2012
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Distance: 0.5 mile loop

Difficulty: Easy

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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 the road, and its subsequent role in early Virginia transportation.

The hike itself essentially an easy stroll through mostly open forest along a wide path that loops back to the road.

Directions:

From I-95:

1. Take exit 150-B. The Prince William National Forest is the second right on Joplin Road.

2. After entering park, follow the entrance road all the way back past the Visitor Center.

3. The Crossing trailhead is just to the left of the opening to the parking area.

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