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Fort Necessity National Battlefield


Farmington, PA
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Green Area Cleanliness : Typical
Congestion : Effort minimizes contact with others
Water Availability : Bring your own H20
Walking / Hiking Terrain : Ups & Downs w/ minimal Steep Incline
Walking / Hiking Surface : Packed Dirt & Grass

We lucked out when we stopped at Fort Necessity. It was National Parks Week so admission was free!  And we were really happy because that meant the Shenandoah National Park would be free the next day too.

 

Leashed dogs are welcome on the walking paths and even allowed inside the stockade recreation of the fort.  The path to the fort is paved.  Following either the Inner or Outer Meadow trails, the path becomes mowed grass / packed dirt.

 

To the north of the fort is Mount Washington Tavern.  According to signage Mount Washington Tavern is a 500 yard walk with steep incline.  After a morning in Pittsburgh visiting Point State Park, walking around downtown, and walking the trails here, we decided to just drive up to the Mount Washington Tavern.

 

We had intended to follow the Outer Meadow Trail.  But with a park trail map that was difficult to interpret (not unusual for park trail maps) and signage that was not where we needed it, we ended up on the Inner Meadow Trail.

Once getting to the Traffic Circle, we decided not to walk the Picnic Area Loop Trail because after finding what we think is the start of the trail, it appeared not to have been walked in a long time and The Chauffeur made the mistake of not wearing his usual hiking shoes.


We attempted to follow the Forest Trail but ended up at a sign stating Authorized Personnel Only.  It started to sprinkle a little, so we just got down to the paved road and walked back to the Visitor Center.

Prospect's SignatureVisited April 17, 2011  3:45pm

Fort Necessity National Battlefield


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Inner Meadow Trail

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The Inner Meadow Trail has one steep incline immediately before the junction with the Outer Meadow Trail on the south.

Attempt to be on Forest Trail

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We thought we were following the forest trail.  But apparently it is only an unpaved service road since we ended up at an Authorized Personnel Only sign.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

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Fort


The path to the fort is paved.  Signage indicates the 500 yard walk north to Mount Washington has steep incline.

South Meadow Trails Junction


A trail map is located here.  We could have used a trail map or other sign near the fort when we were looking for the north junction.  Just north of the junction is the steepest incline on the Inner Meadow trail.  And, since we were walking counter-clockwise, we walked UP it.

Peaceful Spot


This spot is labeled on the park trail map as "Peaceful Spot w/ view."  It offers a chance to sit on a bench and enjoy a view.  This dog found the bench perfectly placed under a large tree and perfect for watching squirrels.

Mount Washington Tavern


A paved trail leads up steep incline 500 yards from the fort to Mount Washington Tavern.  We used the road & parking lot!

Fort Necessity National Battlefield


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