Georgetown Pike Footpath Feasibility Study

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The National Park Service has completed the Georgetown Pike footpath feasibility study to assess the construction of a footpath on the Georgetown Pike corridor from Difficult Run Trail in Great Falls Park to the Madeira School frontage along Georgetown Pike in McLean, Virginia. Such a footpath would provide an opportunity to complete a connection with in the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Network while also providing a connection to local trails.

In coordination with stakeholders the team from the NPS and Federal Highways Administration examined the feasibility of options for the footpath consistent with the goals of each stakeholder and in the historical context of the corridor. The feasibility analyzes first involved the development of mapping, review of traffic data, field investigations of the study area to support concept designs. The team concluded that with respect to the field conditions and environmental permitting process implementing a footpath in the project area is feasible

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network links the tidal Potomac and upper Youghiogheny river basins, within a corridor rich in historic pathways and waterways. The public can travel this historic corridor today—on foot, bicycle and horse and by boat—exploring contrasting landscapes between the Chesapeake Bay and the Allegheny Plateau. Georgetown Pike is listed on the national register.

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Aaron LaRocca
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George Washington Memorial Parkway
National Park Service