Fairfax County Unveils New Interactive Trail Map
Fairfax County is well-known for its picturesque and diverse system of trails that crisscross the County. Fairfax County offers over 900 miles of trails, bikeways and sidewalks for non-motorized transportation. Navigating this interconnected system can be a challenge, but a new tool has just gone online and local trail users will find that enjoying trails just got a whole lot easier. It’s called Fairfax Trail Buddy, and it’s going to make knowing where you are and where you are going a whole lot easier, thanks to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping. Fairfax Trail Buddy is a map application that allows the public to navigate the extensive network of Fairfax County trails. Fairfax Trail Buddy also provides access to the Bike Fairfax Interactive Bike Map, which highlights the most desirable on-road and off-road bike routes for recreational and commuter bicyclists. The web map is accessible from all types of devices and operating systems.
The creation of this much-needed, comprehensive mapping tool was the result of collaboration between the Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax County Department of Transportation and Department of Information Technology Geographic Information Systems and Mapping Branch. The system utilizes data which was provided by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, the City of Fairfax, the Town of Herndon, the Town of Vienna, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia State Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Reston Association, and George Mason University.
Developers continue to refine this application which will evolve and improve over time with feedback from users.
Find the Trail Buddy here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/trails/.