On January 1-3, 2021, the Fairfax County Park Authority joined America’s state parks including Virginia State Parks to encourage everyone to start 2021 with a hike. In Fairfax County, it’s a great way to appreciate more than 450 miles of trails and to set the bar for a new year of fitness and outdoor activity.
This year’s contests included special prize amounts of $70 to commemorate the Park Authority’s 70th anniversary. Nearly 200 hikers submitted photos as part of the First Hike Fairfax 2021 Photo Contest presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation.
More than 1,000 people voted on the People’s Choice Winner. With 167 votes, the photo above submitted by Mike Crosby featuring the Huntley Meadows boardwalk received 16 percent of the vote, making it the most popular of the 30 finalists selected by the judges.