Publications Updates and Corrections

New editions of PATC’s guide books and maps are usually published every 3 – 5 years, or as warranted by changes in terrain, trail alignment and other factors.
 
The following updates should be noted.



 Title                 Edition       

 Year of Publication

   Hike    Update
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
  Various publications, including Hikes in the Washington Region Part B, Circuit Hikes in Va, WVa, Md and Pa, and the Guide to Civil War Trails                The National Park Service no longer charges an entrance fee for Manassas National Battlefield Park. In addition to eliminating fees, Manassas will no longer offer the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes or other interagency passes.
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  

   
 
  
 Hikes in the Washington Region,Part C    4th    2017    Hike 15
   Parking along Daniels Road is now very limited, and early arrival is recommended for this popular area, especially on weekends. The largest of the three parking strips has been sealed off, leaving room for only 15 to 20 cars. The nearest street parking outside the park is over a mile from trailheads.
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 Guide to Civil War Trails    1st    2015    Hike 18    On December 2, 2016, the new Potterfield Memorial Bridge opened for pedestrian and bike traffic across the James River, connecting trails along both banks. This bridge enables hikers to vary the 8.2-mile route described in the guide -- visiting the Confederacy's arsenal, an island where Union prisoners of war were held, and other sites in the rebel capital.









 Hikes in the Washington Region,Part C
   3rd    2011    Hike 17
   Patapsco Valley State Park, Ilchester Area. The state plans to remove Bloede Dam from the Patapsco River and shift an adjacent sewer line. The pipe will be relocated, probably to underneath the Grist Mill Trail. This would involve closing the trail for the better part of a year, beginning in 2015 .Hikers planning to visit the area should check the park's website or call ahead for the current trail status.










 Circuit Hikes in Va, WVa, Md and Pa    9th    2013    Hike 15    Patapsco Valley State Park, Ilchester Area. The state plans to remove Bloede Dam from the Patapsco River and shift an adjacent sewer line. The pipe will be relocated, probably to underneath the Grist Mill Trail. This would involve closing the trail for the better part of a year, beginning in 2015. Hikers planning to visit the area near Swinging Bridge in the Patapsco Valley should check the park's website or call ahead for the current trail status.
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 Hikes in the Washington Region,Part B    5th    2015    Hike 5    The driving directions say “… turn right (R) 0.1 mi to Richmond Hwy (US 1), turn R 0.8 mi to Gunston Rd.”  The directions do not say which way you will turn on Gunston Rd. It’s a left.

Once you are parked, the directions say “cross Pohick Bay Drive and walk past campground road”. That means going Left on the road.
 
At mile 4.1, it says “stay on red trail at intersection with blue trail on L and red and blue trails on R.” To be clear, that means to continue straight ahead on the red trail.









 Hikes in the Washington Region,Part B    5th    2015    Hike 9    Fairfax County Park Authority has modified the trail network at Scotts Run Nature Preserve and produced a downloadable map. Trail maps are also posted at a couple of points in the preserve.
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
 Hikes in the Washington Region,Part B    4th    2007    Hike 24    Bull Run Mountains Hike, page 125, the High Point Cliff area will close January 15, 2015 for an indefinite period for recovery and restoration. With this closure, only six miles of trails will remain in the preserve. The closed areas include the Bull Run Ridge Trail beyond the junction with the Fern Hollow Trail, and the Hickory Trail beyond the junction with the Quarry Trail.









                 
Circuit Hikes in Va, WVa, Md and Pa       8th       2010      Hike 8     On page 43, the Length should read 12.1 mi. On page 45, the final instruction of the long circuit occurs at mile 12.1, not 11.1. On page 44, the entry for milepoint 6.1 should say to turn right onto Nicholson Hollow Trail, not left.









Circuit Hikes in Va, WVa, Md and Pa    8th    2010    Hike 16   Parking around the Old Angler site has grown increasingly overcrowded due to the popularity of that entry point and a long-term construction project. Hikers should follow MacArthur Boulevard to its upstream end at the entrance to C&O Canal National Historical Park at Great Falls (shown on Map 16 in the 2010 edition). Follow the entrance road past the booth where entry fees are collected ($5 per car as of early 2012) and park near Great Falls Visitor Center. Begin the hike at milepoint 3.2, as described in the 2010 edition. On reaching the Old Angler parking area at milepoint 6.6, follow trail directions from the 0.0 milepoint to return back upriver to Great Falls.









Hikes in Western Maryland    3rd    2011    Hike 12   A recent attempt to use the Big Savage Trail found the trail impassable due to downed trees, among other problems. As noted on p. 73 of the guide, the trail was already in "very bad shape" due to dense overgrowth, storm damage and other issues in 2011. 









Hikes in the Washington Region Part C    3rd    2011    Hike 10   Due to the impact of sequestration, the National Arboretum is closed to the public Tuesday - Thursday and now charges an admission fee.









The Tuscarora Trail: A Guide to the North Half    5th    2013    Sections 8 and 9   The Tuscarora Trail has been closed near the south end of section 8/north end of section 9 where Forge Road crosses Little Cove Creek. The road on the southbound side of the creek is now private land and the owners do not want trespassers following the old route. No Trespassing signs have been posted. Please respect the landowners rights and follow the new blazes. Southbound hikers should leave Furnace Road at Pennsylvania route 456 and not continue across 456 to Forge Road. Turn right on route 456 and go south 0.4 miles to the first side road which is Mill Drive. Turn left and follow Mill Drive across the bridge over Little Cove Creek to where the road meets the Tuscarora Trail. Be careful to not miss the turn-off. This is just before the junction of Mill Drive, Forge Road, and Indian Springs Road. Turn right and resume following the trail southbound. Northbound hikers should stop following the Tuscarora Trail at Mill Drive just north of where the trail crosses into Pennsylvania. Turn left onto Mill Drive. This is near the junction of Mill Drive, Forge Road, and Indian Springs Road. Don't follow the latter roads. Continue on Mill Drive across the bridge over Little Cove Creek to where the road meets Pennsylvania route 456. Turn right on route 456 and go 0.4 miles north to where it meets Furnace Road and the currently blazed route. Turn left on Furnace Road and resume following the trail.









 The Tuscarora Trail: A Guide to the South Half    6th    2016    various    See attached .pdf file











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