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Aegis III described a loop in this venue about a year ago. Hardcore and I explored the area in March but we settled for a couple of out-and-backs instead of a loop. I wrote up the hike for the website but was unhappy with what I had. After further discussions with Aegis and others who had done the loop I returned to the scene with Cognac Jack and the Austrian Dancer. We took the quickest route to the western end of the Blockhouse Point Park trail system to find a rather obvious footpath. Initially the trail was blazed with blue paint and closely followed the southern boundary of a horse farm. The trail continues through NPS land but the blue blazes were replaced by brown swatches which really weren't necessary. The trail seems to be heavily traveled. The only real obstacle was a fallen tree at a stream crossing after the trail descended off of the ridge. Shortly after the crossing it joined a straight as an arrow grassy lane which lead out to a gravel road/driveway. In a few steps we turned left onto Violets Lock Road and followed it down to its namesake. We took a break here as we watched a heron fish, read the interpretive sign and enjoyed the view of the river. From here it was simply a matter of retracing our steps. (I will be leading an outing on October 4th to complete the loop.) In case there might be issues using the driveway on future excursions we successfully navigated an open woods bushwhack paralleling it. Once back in Blockhouse Point Park I treated my scouts to a side bar - a view from the Paw-paw overlook - before returning to our car.









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Very cool. I live near Blockhouse Trail and at times that is a place I go after work to unwind.

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Do you live in one of those big mansions?

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Hah. No, not quite my style. Or paycheck. I'm a federal employee, so my means are modest at best.

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That's very interesting.  Last month I did a 20 mile trip on the canal tow path.  That was dull.

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Along Violette's Lock Rd, between the driveway and the NPS parking area, there a gated grassy road noted as "Government Road."  It may reach the woods road slightly west of the stream crossing, but when I went I didn't notice it.  I'm also not sure what it would look like in the greener seasons.  It is, however, without question, fully on public lands.

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We checked that out briefly. Ae least initially there were a lot of blowdowns across it.

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That's very interesting.  Last month I did a 20 mile trip on the canal tow path.  That was dull.

I like it ... in about 2.5 mile increments so this fits in nicely.

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