Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon,
Executive Director

First Hike Fairfax – Healthy Steps for a Happy New Year

First Hike Fairfax – Healthy Steps for a Happy New YearStart the year off right by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories. Take a hike – literally – with First Hike Fairfax.

On New Year’s Day, the Fairfax County Park Authority is joining with America’s State Parks and Virginia State Parks  for First Day Hike Programs that will get you outside on the trails. Last year thousands of people rang in the New Year with hikes throughout the country. Check out the incredible photos and fun from the 2017 event at the Park Authority’s Flickr album.

It’s easy and fun. We’ve picked five family-friendly starter hikes at some really great parks in Fairfax County. And when we say hikes, we mean walking, jogging, biking, scenery strolling... it’s all good. Visit the First Hike Fairfax web page to pick your hike. Grab a friend or family members and hike together. Share it on social media with #FirstHikeFairfax. And don’t forget to take your picture and enter to win great prizes that will help you start getting active after the hike. Here’s how:

  1. Take a hike on January 1, 2018 on any of the five recommended Fairfax County Park Authority trails.
  2. Submit up to two pictures to by 5 p.m. on January 2; visit the First Hike website for guidelines on submission.
  3. Your pictures are automatically entered in the First Hike Fairfax photo contest.

You will receive a free RECenter Guest Pass just for participating. Photo authors will be entered into our First Hike Fairfax photo contest on Facebook for a grand prize – a free four-month RECenter pass valued at up to $300. For complete information and contest rules, see the First Hike Fairfax site.

First Hike Fairfax kicks off the Park Authority’s Healthy Strides 2018, a year of healthy living ideas for you and your family. For more fresh ideas, visit the Healthy Strides!/Take 12! web page and sign up for the e-newsletter with monthly tips to get you and your family energized. For more information contact

Get started! With more than a thousand miles of trails in Fairfax, including the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail, you’ll have plenty of hikes to choose from all year long.