Windstorm Wreaks Havoc on High Meadows

Fallen trees on the trails of Prince William Forest Park

Thank you to all the National Park Service employees and volunteers!

Trails cleared by hard working NPS employees and volunteers

Trails cleared by hard working NPS employees and volunteers

The recent windstorm with winds of 60 and 70 mph in Northern Virginia wreaked havoc in Prince William Forest Park near Quantico Marine Corps base. They had to close down the park for several weeks until hard working employees and volunteers cleared the roads and trails from a record number of fallen trees.

This National Park is our saving grace for exercise and solitude while we work our seasonal business in Northern Virginia. Today we were excited it reopened so we could hike. We chose one of our favorite loop trails that starts and ends on High Meadows Trail. It loops onto South Valley Trail that runs along scenic South Fork Quanitco Creek, lined with mountain laurel.

The best investment a hiker can make in the United States is a National Park pass. Before we were able to purchase the Golden Age pass, we always bought the Annual Pass. Military and volunteers with 250 service hours have free lifetime passes. These passes more than pay for themselves in happiness and exercise.

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