Join us for a hike through the largest protected natural area in the DMV, Prince William Forest Park. Encompassing over 18,500 acres and rich in history, this land was once home to an enclave of formerly enslaved people which was gradually converted from the late 1930's to national parkland.
We'll meet in front of the Visitors Center and take the Laurel Loop Trail beyond the picnic area to the right. From there we'll pick up a loop trail that winds through one of the country's best examples of Eastern Piedmont forest. If we're lucky we'll see evidence of the park's wildlife, including beavers, deer, and squirrels.
This hike is rated as difficult largely due to its length and terrain. Prepare to encounter uneven and possibly muddy woodland trails, with 600 feet of elevation gain, by wearing sturdy hiking shoes and appropriate clothing.
Park map: https://www.nps.gov/prwi/planyourvisit/maps.htm
Transportation: Park at the Pine Grove Picnic Area. We’ll meet in front of the adjacent Visitors Center. Note that there is a $20 fee to enter the park, which is waived for U.S. National Park Service annual or lifetime pass holders. If you can offer a ride, please post in the comments section with metro station or other accessible location for pick up. Carpooling is a great way to meet people and help the environment!
Dog friendly?: Yes. Please keep your dog leashed at all times.
Bathroom Facilities: None.
Food/Water: Bring your own vegan snacks and (non-alcoholic) beverage to enjoy mid hike. Please carry plenty of water!
Weather: Be prepared! We will hike rain or shine, but if conditions pose a danger, we’ll cancel the hike and post a notice in the “comments” section. We suggest that hikers wear comfortable footwear and suitable clothing made from quick-dry, synthetic fabrics, as cotton can lead to uncomfortable blisters and life-threatening hypothermia in case of inclement weather.
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VSDC hikes Liability Waiver: https://vsdc.org/www.meetup.com/vegan-28/ *
*Please also view the Rules listed at the end of this description*
*Please read The 10 Essentials of Hiking: https://americanhiking.org/resources/10essentials/ *
Pets: When hikes are organized in dog-friendly areas, hikers are invited to bring their pet(s). However, dogs are the sole responsibility of the owner(s) who brought them; should be up-to-date on their vaccinations & in possession of the relevant tags; and should be under the control of their owner(s) at all times. Dogs that demonstrate consistently aggressive or otherwise out-of-control behavior will be banned from future hikes. Owners should come prepared to dispose of their dogs’ waste in appropriate receptacles.
Alcohol/Smoking/Intoxicants: Use of intoxicants such as alcohol, cigarettes and/or illegal substances is banned during the hikes.
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