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Trails in Fairfax County

Hitting the trail - by yourself, with your family or with friends - is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the countryside in and around Fairfax County.

The Park Authority's trails are shared by bike riders, walkers, joggers and horseback riders alike. Please be considerate of others.

  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted on these trails.
  • Trails are open from sunrise to sunset.

The Countywide Trail Plan is part of the county's Comprehensive Plan. The Park Authority maintains and operates most of the stream valley trails throughout the county, some of which are significant.

Trail Development Strategy Plan

The Trail Development Strategy Plan represents the second phase of the work of the Trails Team to comprehensively create a trails program. The Trail Development Strategy Plan is an internal Park Authority document created to examine the issues surrounding trail development, collect and analyze the relevant data concerning trail projects, and devise the best process for objectively evaluating and prioritizing trail projects.

Trails serve multiple purposes including exercising, walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, bird-watching, and equestrian use. They also provide safe, alternative, non-motorized transportation routes to destinations such as places of employment, education facilities, commercial establishments, and recreation locations. They provide connectivity to other modes of transportation supporting “green” lifestyles. Trails within Fairfax County parks are designed to fit into the larger context of a countywide trail system and to support the overarching connective network that includes sidewalks, bike routes and mass transportation nodes outside of our parks.

Existing Trails Map and the Adopted Countywide Trails Plan

The Guide to Trail Management is designed to provide insight to the community and guidance to the Park staff on how trails are planned, developed, managed and maintained on Fairfax County parkland.

 

 

CCT Renovations Begin in Pohick Stream Valley

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin making renovations to the Cross County Trail in the Pohick Stream Valley Park. The contractor, Finley Asphalt, will be mobilizing on site within the next month.  Contingent on the weather, this project will continue throughout the fall with completion anticipated by early spring 2014. The extension and widening of four existing fairweather crossing ramps, the construction of approximately 200 feet of concrete trail, and the replacement of one existing culvert are planned. In addition, approximately 4,600 feet of existing gravel trail will be renovated with an asphalt surface as part of this project.
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Luria Park Construction Map
CCT Improvements in Wakefield Park to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin making extensive improvements to the Cross County Trail in Wakefield and Americana parks. Contingent on the weather, this project will continue throughout the fall with completion anticipated prior to the end of the year. The construction of three new prefabricated fiberglass pedestrian bridges, an existing steel pedestrian bridge repair and associated connecting trails are planned. In addition, approximately 900 feet of existing trail will be renovated as part of this project.
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Luria Park Construction Map
Luria Park Boardwalk Renovations
Construction to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin construction of the Luria Park Boardwalk Renovations Project shortly. These renovations are in response to public suggestions and sentiments expressed at recent public meetings. This project includes significant improvements to the existing boardwalk structure in Luria Park and Holmes Run Stream Valley Park.
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Canterbury Woods Bridge Replacement Construction to Begin
Canterbury Woods Bridge Replacement
Construction to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin construction on the Canterbury Woods Bridge Replacement project within the next several weeks.  The new bridge replaces a bridge that was washed out during Tropical Storm Lee in September of 2011.
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