Monthly Nature Walks

The Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board hosts a series of monthly nature walks the last Sunday of each month. The walks are led by local experts and are free! 


Join the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at the Chapman DeMary Trail on Sunday, July 2image for fb event meditative hike5 at 1 p.m. for a meditative hike. The guide, Cathy Norman, will help participants connect with nature using all five of their senses and encourage quiet relaxation through deep breathing at different points on the trail. The walk will also include interpretive guidance about flora and fauna. Ms. Norman is a Virginia Master Naturalist, a registered yoga instructor, and has been trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Register online to attend!

Meditative hiking helps relax mind and body as it involves consciously engaging the senses while hiking and stopping to pay attention to things in nature that may often be overlooked. Those who join us on the July 25th walk will learn how to go on a meditative hike on their own to help relieve stress and enjoy nature. 

The Chapman DeMary Trail is a 10-acre area considered to be the last stand of old-growth forest in the Town of Purcellville. It runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The area is open to the public for environmental recreation, exploration, and education. The Town of Purcellville holds the conservation easement for this privately-owned property. The entrance and parking for the Chapman DeMary Trail is behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road in Purcellville.

 Follow both the Chapman DeMary Trail and Purcellville Parks and Recreation on Facebook.

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