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.
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.