June 14th, 2021
Summer is coming in hot and we're excited to see lots of visitors on the Dahlgren Trail! We want to make the trail as accessible, beautiful, and enjoyable as it can possibly be – and we’re constantly working to achieve that goal.
We have several projects that are in active motion. The major one is improving the parking area located on Indiantown Road. We plan to bring in several loads of gravel to improve the slope and drainage of the area. The entrance to the parking area will be paved, providing a smoother entrance and exit. The second project in the works is expanding a trail section just to the east of Comorn Road. This will involve some grading and gravel application, as well as possibly paving the entrance/exit ramp. And finally, we’re pursuing a small parking lot where the trail crosses Owens Drive. This would be a small graveled lot which should hold about ten cars. We look forward to updating you about these improvements. We welcome your feedback anytime, via this form.
We were recently honored to receive a grant from Keep Virginia Beautiful! As part of their "Green Grants" program, we will use this funding to improve Dahlgren Trail accessibility, specifically the section of the trail around mile 2, which often becomes muddy and impassable after heavy rains. Learn more about this project, here.
With summer rain, wind, and rapid growth of the plants and tress on the trail, you may see some tall grass, a leaning tree, or other trail maintenance issues. Our trail maintenance team is ready to help! Please let us know if you have suggestions or questions. Click here to contact us! Want to be part of the maintenance crew? Ask us about that too!
We've also got some great events planned for the coming months! Please click here to read about all those upcoming dates and information!
Keep Virginia Beautiful will award its annual “Green Grants” each day during the month of June. Friends of the Dahlgren Trail, in King George Virginia, received a grant award of $750 for its Community Beautification project.
Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for Keep Virginia Beautiful "Green Grants," and were asked to describe how they plan to tackle an environmental concern in their community regarding Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Community Beautification.
A special focus of the "Green Grants" this year is to support diverse groups and underserved populations by adding five additional grant awards, for a total of thirty-five awards. There are areas on the Dahlgren Trail that need raised bridges or boardwalks to ensure safe and equitable access for those with limited mobility. Funds from the Green Grant will be used to build a raised boardwalk in a chronically muddy and sometimes impassable section of the trail. The particular area to be improved is located at approximately mile 1.9, which is one of the most commonly visited and used sections of the Dahlgren Trail, near the trailhead.
The mission at Keep Virginia Beautiful is to engage and unite Virginians to improve the natural and scenic environment. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided $254,500 for 320 different environmental programs and projects all across the Commonwealth, due to the generosity of their partnership with Altria, as well as additional support from Coca-Cola, WestRock and Keep America Beautiful.
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