Prince William County Department of Parks & Recreation provided an update on the section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail that runs through the Woodbridge district. Spanning parts of the mid-Atlantic and upper southeastern regions of the United States, the 710 mile trail will connect trails and historic sites in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
In June, the County reported that the federal government executed the right-of-way (ROW) agreements for the Featherstone and Occoquan Wildlife Refuges trail segments. These will be on the agenda for the July 18, 2017 Board of County Supervisors meeting. Together, these segments will add an additional 9,000 linear feet of trail in the Woodbridge District (1.7 miles).
- Both projects are fully funded; the County will release the advertisement for bids in late fall/early winter, targeting an early spring 2018 construction date.
- Both projects should be completed prior to or at the same time as the Neabsco Boardwalk Segment.
- On September 30, the County will be renovating the Powell’s Creek Trail as part of National Public Lands Day.
- Altogether, between all 4 projects, the entire segment of the PHNST from Belmont Bay to Route 1 will be complete within the next 18 months.
- The County installed PHNST signs on most of the completed sections, holding off only in some places where links are missing so users aren’t “dead ended.” Additional wayfinding signage will be added once all the new trail segments are completed to tie it all together.