Where will YOUR Park Trail take you?
National Trails Day is observed each year on the first Saturday in June.

Even in the absence of many public events it is a fitting day to recognize the incredible benefits that county park trails provide to residents and guests.

The Park Authority's 370 miles of non-motorized trails provide places of solitude, beauty, safety, and healthy recreation. Park trails are the most used amenity within the Park Authority system.

Fairfax County park trails are yours to enjoyed every day
of the year from dusk to dawn! Here are just a few:
Vienna's Nottoway Park in the mist without invasive plants
Annandale's Mason District Park featuring accessible pond viewing
Alexandria's picture perfect trail at Green Spring Gardens
Thoughtfully sharing the trail with other users will keep everyone safe to provide an enjoyable experience for all. Trails users are encouraged to watch for wildlife, equestrians, and others with mobility challenges.

On June 6, consider venturing out to explore and celebrate a county park trail that you have not previously used. Click here for multi-use trail suggestions.

Take a moment to enjoy and share your experience with family and friends. You may be amazed at where the trails will take you!

The Park Authority maximizes Park Bond and maintenance funds. To supplement those efforts, many volunteer groups help provide WOW trail experiences. The Park Foundation created a Trail Building and Care Fund that enriches the those efforts.

Here are two ways to help while celebrating National Trails Day!

  1. Make an online contribution today to help and celebrate your county park trails like these!
  2. Share your photos, thoughts and experiences about trails with FCPF by email. This is a no-cost way to share kudos or concerns so we can learn more about the trails you love!
Potomac River at McLean's Scotts Run Nature Preserve
New trail & bridge in Springfield's
Accotink Stream Valley Park
Repaved section of Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail in Fairfax's Sally Ormsby Park
Foundation Chair Advocates for Parks!
John Osborn, Board Chair of the Fairfax County Park Foundation, submitted written testimony to the Board of Supervisors regarding the 2021 budget. He expressed appreciation for support to date and stressed how important it is for the County to fund the needs of county parks.
Click here to read the full letter in detail.

Under his leadership as board Chair, the Park Foundation exceeded $1,000,000.00 in donations in a single fiscal year. Whether he’s on the board or not, Osborn says he’s committed to supporting parks throughout his lifetime.

“It’s about being a good citizen, and creating a safe place for kids to play and promoting a positive lifestyle for everyone,”... “Parks make communities stronger and that benefits everyone."
- John Osborn
A 40 Mile Hidden Gem
The Park Authority names the 40-miles of trail spanning Fairfax County The Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail in recognition of the former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman's notable support of parks

"This project is a true example of what can happen when the local community, volunteers and our elected officials work together. Thanks to that effort we are leaving behind a real gem for future generations to enjoy, ” stated Congressman Connolly.

Navigate the GCCCT and more than 900 miles of trails, bikeways and sidewalks on the Fairfax Trail Buddy web map.
Trail Repaving
This picture shows a portion of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail located in Eakin Community Park between Prosperity Ave and Woodburn Rd. The trail is currently being renovated by the installation 1 new culverts, the replacement of 8 old deteriorating culverts with High Density Polyethylene pipe, and the repaving of 5,000 feet of 8-foot-wide asphalt trail.
Parks are Here for You!
You are not alone in grappling with the uncertainty presented by the current COVID-19 health challenge and its far-reaching effect on our everyday lives. During this challenging time, we learned that  Fairfax County parks have never been so vital to the physical and mental health of residents in our community.

As parks reopen, we will be here for you . It is important that we are ready for park users to once again enjoy all the amenities that our Gold Medal award-winning parks offer to our residents and visitors. 
We hope you will be here for us now by donating to help the Fairfax County parks you know and love!   Please make a gift of $1,000, $500, $250, $100 or $50 or whatever you can afford. Together with gratitude, strength and hope we will move forward and persevere. Please support your Fairfax County parks so they will be ready to serve you.  Above all, stay safe!
Wills and other Legacy Gift Planning

You can create a legacy of parks and green space for future generations by including the Fairfax County Park Foundation in your will, as an insurance beneficiary or other planned and estate giving vehicle.

Discuss these and other giving methods with your attorney, accountant or other financial advisor. You may be surprised to find that planned gifts can have significant tax benefits for both donors and heirs.

Visit our webpage and call Roberta Longworth, the FCPF Executive Director, at (703) 324-8582 for more information.
A Moment of Beauty in your Parks
Sunset Over Lake Accotink compliments of the Friends of Lake Accotink Park !