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Potomac Heritage Trail Association
Builders, stewards, and enthusiasts of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Builders, stewards, and enthusiasts of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
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On Sunday January 12, 2014 the Virginia Department of Parks and Recreation announced the long anticipated creation of a new state park in Loudoun County. Located adjacent to the Appalachian Trail along the slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Harpers Ferry, the new state park will initially consist of the Blue Ridge Center For Environmental Stewardship, whose property was deeded over from the Leggett Foundation and Old Dominion Land Trust to the state of Virginia. 

The Blue Ridge Center was created over a decade ago through the efforts of Bob Leggett of the Leggett Foundation, Mike Kane of the Piedmont Environmental Council, and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. For years, the public has enjoyed miles of beautiful trails built by the American Hiking Society at the Blue Ridge Center. 

Future plans for the new state park include a major land expansion from the current 600 acres to over 1,600 acres. This expansion will involve the addition of the Fairfax heirs land (whose last known owner was almost two centuries ago), another privately owned parcel, and the Heffner property which is currently being managed as the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center overlooking the Potomac River. The Harpers Ferry Center was once operated as the U.S. Government's famous Blue Ridge Rod and Hunt Club, which served as a retreat for U.S. Government officials. 

Since the new state park lies adjacent to the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park's Short Hill Mountain property, the opportunity now exists to extend the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail along the Virginia shoreline of the Potomac River. Hopefully, in the near future the Potomac Heritage Trail will be completed from the Appalachian Trail on Loudoun Heights above the historic town of Harpers Ferry to the railroad town of Brunswick along the C&O Canal in the state of Maryland.

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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED to Establish Scenic Trail along Occoquan River Cliffs. The trail would fill a gap (dotted green line) in an otherwise complete 80-mile scenic loop through Fairfax County. Please e-mail the County Planning Commission at 
and urge them to enforce the Trails Plan and refuse to grant a waiver. For details please see
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