Online Services

Our Government

News and Events

Maps, Facts & Stats

State & Federal

Sully Woodlands Conceptual Development Plans

Sully Woodlands

Park Authority Board Approves Sully Woodlands Core Property Conceptual Development Plans

On March 25, 2015, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to approve the Sully Woodlands Core Parks Conceptual Development Plans (CDP). The vision for these parks was established in the Sully Woodlands Regional Master Plan (SWRMP) adopted in 2006. The SWRMP recommends general land uses for these parks that comprise more than 2,200 acres.  The CDP project established conceptual plans for future development of the five core parks, Elklick Preserve, Hickory Forest, Poplar Ford District, Mountain Road District and Halifax Point District.

The Park Authority extends its appreciation to those who took the time to share their vision for the Sully Woodlands Core Parks, helping to shape a valuable park resource for the future.

Although the formal planning process is complete, please feel free to contact Pat Rosend, Project Manager, Park Planning Branch, Planning and Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 703-324-2387 or through Parkmail with any questions related to the planning of the Sully Woodlands.

These CDPs provide a long term conceptual use plan for these five large parks that will be implemented over decades as funding becomes available.  A summary of the final CDP elements for the Sully Woodlands Core Properties is as follows: 


Expand Hickory Forest Park

Hickory Forest ParkThis 97-acre resource –based park buffers the Virginia Run community adjacent to Bull Run Post Office Road and is planned primarily as a managed forest site. Proposed park facilities include constructed sustainable trails, accessible trails and several trailheads with signage.

Download Final CDP Graphic >>

ExpandPoplar Ford Park

Poplar Ford ParkThis 535-acre resource-based park is located south of Bull Run Post Office Road and along the frontage of Bull Run stream. Manassas Battlefield National Park is located across the stream from the park. The park contains a variety of cultural and natural resources and the primary use for this park is to protect and interpret these resources. An extensive multi-use trail network is proposed for the site with cultural and natural resource interpretation features to be located throughout the park. The CDP includes a special use area to allow for model airplane flying and associated support facilities, a use that currently exists under an interim use agreement. The park’s entrance zone is located and sized to allow for vehicle access to the park including horse trailers as per the SWRMP recommendations. It is envisioned that this portion of the park will serve as a gateway for experiencing the Sully Woodlands area and may include signage, kiosks or small shelters to highlight this entry point.

Download Final CDP Graphic >>

ExpandElklick Preserve

Elklick PreserveAt 1,423 acres, Elklick Preserve is the largest park in Sully Woodlands. This resource-based park includes a prime example of a diabase forest and its core holds a state easement for the protection of the globally and state rare plant community.  Elklick Preserve is primarily planned and managed for resource protection.  The CDP designates various resource protection zones that align with the primary resource type protected such as diabase forest, meadow and forest.  Space at the northeastern corner of the site is designated as a special use area that might support a Stewardship Education Center and is shown on the CDP for stewardship education activities.  A network of sustainably constructed trails connecting the site to the other parks in the region is shown on the CDP.  A managed open space area is planned for the northwestern portion of the site along Braddock Road. A natural area along the Loudoun County border is for permitted or programmed uses that could include nature camps or scout activities.  As part of this planning process, 50 acres of the northern section of Halifax Point District Park was added to Elklick Preserve to consolidate the forested areas in these adjacent sites with the power easement being a border between the two parks.

Download Final CDP Graphic >>

ExpandMountain Road District Park

Mountain Road District ParkThe CDP for this 200 acres envisions a full service district park with lighted athletic fields, a basketball complex, a flexible open space suitable for permitted uses and events not including scheduled athletics, a maintenance facility, an accessible trail network and extensive natural resource protection.

Download Final CDP Graphic >>

ExpandHalifax Point District Park (formerly Sappington Farms)

Sappington PropertyThe 170-acre Halifax Point District Park located south of Elklick Preserve and the power easement is classified a district park and includes generalized land use recommendations.


This park CDP shows a planned regionwide recreation zone that allows for active recreation facilities such as lighted athletic fields, or athletic complex, or an outdoor performance or event venue, along with trails and parking. This potential use is a long term vision and will require additional feasibility and transportation planning and analysis.  Another portion of the park is recommended for off-road bicycle use. Based on public input received during the planning process, this area could be developed and maintained in partnership with local bicycle support groups such as MORE or IMBA and may contain facilities including multi–use trails, off-road bike trails, parking areas, picnic shelters, dirt tracks and/or a pump track. This use is not intended for motorized vehicles. 

Download Final CDP Graphic >>

Click for Slideshow


Contact Fairfax County: Phone, Email or Twitter | Main Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Technical Questions: Web Administrator

ADA Accessibility | Website Accessibility
Awards | FOIA | Mobile | Using this Site | Web Disclaimer & Privacy Policy | Get Adobe Reader
Official site of the County of Fairfax, Virginia, © Copyright 2015

Website Feedback Website Feedback    Globe with various flags representing Web site language translations   Language Translations

Return to Graphic Version