Car pool will leave the Melting Pot at 8 AM. This is a walk on the C & O
Canal. I will be on a Civil War trip and will see you next week at the
College Park Airport.
10/6/2012 - 10/6/2012
City / State:
Gold Mine/Great Falls C&O Towpath
Distance - Trail Ratings:
5km/10km - 1B
ALL Walkers must register for our walk at the VFW Post 5633. 11km Gold Mine
woods trail at the VFW Post 5633...Rated 1C. 10km/5km Great Falls C&O
Towpath trails drive to the Great Falls National Park, MD parking
lot...Rated 1B. There is a $5.00 fee per car to enter the Park or use a
National Park Pass. The 11km trail has natural surface sections with roots
and rocks mostly in shaded areas through woods passing the abandoned gold
mine and views of the Potomac River and C&O Canal towpath. All trails use
the towpath, a hard natural surface, and go to the observation deck at Great
Falls and out to Olmsted Island to view the falls. Only the 10km & 5km walks
are suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.
Strollers: easy | Wheelchairs: easy | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Walking America's Trails
8 am12 noon; finish by 4 pm
VFW, 11511 MacArthur Blvd
Start Point / Driving Directions:
VFW Post 5633, 11511 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854, which is the road
leading to the Great Falls National Park in Maryland. FROM I-495 Capital
Beltway: EXIT 41 toward Carderock/Great Falls
Merge onto Clara Barton Parkway toward Carderock/Great Falls. LEFT at STOP
SIGN on MacArthur Blvd.
Continue for several miles on MacArthur Blvdgoing toward Great Falls Park.
VFW Post 5663 is on the RIGHT .BEFORE reaching the Great Falls Park
EXIT 5 Falls Rd/ MD-189S towards Potomac; CONTINUE on Falls Road ~6miles
until it intersects with MacArthur Blvd at a STOP SIGN.
RIGHT onto MacArthur Blvd and continue .3miles to VFW Post 5663 on the
Awards & Fees:
IVV Credit Only
Conditions: Restrooms are available in the Great Falls National Park,
port-a-johns at the VFW and Old Anglers Inn area. Pets are allowed, but must
be leashed at all times during the walk. This walk will be held regardless
of the weather, unless conditions cause the sponsors to close the trails for
safety reasons. Water and candy will be available at the Start Points, VFW
and Great Falls Parking area.
Seneca Valley Sugarloafers
Carolyn Thurber (301) 926-0915
Keep Walking and bring a Friend
Bob, your President
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