Chesapeake & Ohio Canal recently completed a significant improvement to its 16 miles of trail network surrounding the Great Falls Tavern in Potomac, Maryland.
Volunteers and partners of the park, led by Nate Finney, the park’s trails coordinator, have installed 41 new recycled plastic composite trail posts at the intersections of the hiking trails. The project included volunteers from the C&O Canal Association, Terrapin Trail Club of University of Maryland, Potomac Conservancy, and REI.
The 41 new trail posts will help visitors navigate around the 17 official hiking trails located at Great Falls. The trail posts were constructed using 100% recycled plastic composite material and will be sturdier than posts made of concrete or wood. The lettering is permanent epoxy paint that will not need to be repainted. Affixed to the top of each trail post is stamped directional metal banding with text that says the distance to other trails or points of interest. The volunteer groups began installations on August 1st and finished the last installation on November 30th.
The new trail posts coincide with the arrival of the park’s new and updated Great Falls hiking trails map. The park hopes that with these new features visitors will be able to more easily find their way around the hiking trails. Visitors can get out, get active, and enjoy the trails as one of the ways they can participate in the Healthy Parks Healthy People U.S. initiative.