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Trails - Connecting Places, History and People

27 Oct 2010 11:41 AM | Anonymous
The Two Rivers Region and Trails

Rivers have always been trails - water trails taking Native Americans, Explorers and Settlers for adventure, pleasure, settlement and recreation.  The Potomac River and the Shenandoah River are the two river trail bookends for this region.

The Potomac River inspired George Washington to seek a navigable North-South route to the Forks of the Ohio and the land beyond.  It was a East-West crossing point at Pack Horse Ford and ferry crossings at Shepherdstown and Williamsport.

Settlers moved into the region via the fords, creeks and ferry crossings which connected Indian Trails that Native Americans had carved out to traverse the mountain ranges and valleys of today's Shenandoah Valley.

Today, these trails are destinations for residents and visitors to enjoy our natural resources and outdoor recreation.  These trails form an interconnected network of hiking, biking, walking and running paths from the mouth of the Potomac River to Pittsburg.  

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail connects to the Great Allegheny Passage. Millions of bikers use this trail each year.  The Appalachian Trail is our North-South route from Georgia to Maine.  The Tuscorora Trail links to the Great Eastern Trail enabling hikers to walk from Alabama to Maine.

These trails tell many stories of the history of this Two Rivers Region.  Walk in the footsteps of the Indian tribes and the early settlers.  The Two Rivers Regional Network of Trails is becoming reality.


 
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