On what turned out to be a chilled morning in March, Four Potomac Appalachian Trail Club volunteers and Mike Depue of the Prince William County Park Authority joined fourteen Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition volunteers to blaze a new trail connector and install ten trail markers. This new section of trail completes the system that was started two years ago at James S. Long Regional Park. This section paralleling Old Lightner Rd required bench cutting, leveling, clearing of downed trees, and a fair weather crossing, connecting the picnic pavilion area to already existing trails on the northwest side of the creek, all in a beautiful woodlands setting. To top it all off, a citizen and his dog were observed using the new section of trail within minutes of its completion.
We’d like to thank PATC for the sawyers, the PWCPA for continuing to support public passive recreation, and the many volunteers who combined efforts to make this happen. In all, over 18 man-hours were volunteered. With the completion of this last section of trails, the PWCPA will soon be able to install a kiosk with map showing the four loops totaling around 4.5 miles of trail open to the public for use.