Spectacular Photos Showcase Fantastic First Hikes in Fairfax!
People’s Choice Award - Heidi Koolmees (Riverbend Park)
Judges’ Choice Award - Sarah Lang (Cross County Trail/Lake Accotink)
Fairfax County residents, young and old, enjoyed one of the mildest New Year’s weekends in recent memory. Many of them enjoyed the outdoors at one of the Park Authority’s more than 420 parks and along its more than 334 miles of trails as part of First Hike Fairfax 2023.

The First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest was jointly sponsored by the Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation as a great way for residents to begin a new year of fitness and outdoor activity while enjoying the experience with friends, neighbors and family.

This year, nearly 300 contestants submitted photos showcasing the sights and scenes they experienced. The results were amazing!

The contest received entries in four categories: scenery and landscapes, people, wildlife and pets. A Best in Show was named in each category and three at-large awards were selected by the panel of judges, the Executive Director of the Park Authority and by popular vote of the countywide community.

FCPF is pleased to join FCPA to share Moments of Beauty captured in the following winning photographs!
Director’s Choice Award - Lisa Schrenk (Holmes Run)
Best in Show: Nature and Landscapes - Lee Law (Burke Lake Park)
Best in Show: People - Tracy Bellacqua (Ellanor C. Lawrence Park)
Best in Show: Wildlife - Elaine Starr (Huntley Meadows)
Best in Show: Pets - Charlie Fancher (Cub Run Stream Valley Park)
Upcoming Events
  • Sunday, March 26, 2023 p.m. 1:00-4:00 p.m. Ides of Bark (Dog event) 2023 at Grist Mill Park (4710 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA)

  • Saturday, April 22, 2023 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Earth Day Fairfax at Sully Historic Site (3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA)  
  • Saturday, April 29, 2023 7:30-9:30 a.m. Healthy Strides 5K/10K & Kids Dash at Burke Lake Park (3415 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA)  

  • Saturday, May 6, 2023 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Culmore Community Day 2023 at Woodrow Wilson Library (6101 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church, VA)        

  • Saturday, August 3-6, 2023 73rd Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road. Herndon, VA) 

See MANY other great FCPA Programs and Events online!
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