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DRBA to host First Saturday Outing at I.C. DeHart Park's Woolwine West Trail

I. C. DeHart Park 2631 Charity Hwy  - Woolwine, VA 

The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) invites you to participate in its First Saturday Outing (FSO) on December 2nd. The outing is a 4.0-mile hike at I. C. DeHart Park’s Woolwine West Trail. Participants are asked to meet at 10 a.m. near the trailhead kiosk at 2631 Charity Hwy, Woolwine, VA 24185 (GPS 36.813796, -80.257070). Google Map Directions: What to Expect: The coordinator for the outing is Wayne Kirkpatrick, an avid hiker and DRBA volunteer. "This is a definite moderate hike that climbs a total of about 430 feet but has great rewards," Kirkpatrick said. "Every season of the year, this trail has a different appeal – a variety of wildflowers in the spring and summer, fall foliage, and the open forest in winter." The park has benefited from several upgrades – it hosts one of the five Trail Hands artworks, titled Reflections, a VTC LOVE sign honoring the Mountain Biking Championship trails, and a new trailhead kiosk with a changing facility for mountain bikers. DRBA, the ECO Ambassador Council, and a host of dedicated volunteers have been key to the improvements to the park. What to Bring: All participants are asked to dress in layers of synthetic fabric, wear hiking boots, be prepared for rain and cold, bring hiking stick(s), lunch or snacks, and water, and sign a waiver. In the event of inclement weather, check the DRBA website by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2023, for any announcements regarding the hike. Directions: From Rt. 8 in Woolwine, take Rt. 40 East for 2.6 miles, turn left into the park; From Rt. 220 at Bassett Forks, take Rt. 57 West to Rt. 8, turn right, and follow the directions above. For trip information, contact trip coordinator Wayne Kirkpatrick, 540-570-3511, Outings and meetings of the Dan River Basin Association are free and open to the publi