Recon of Fairfax Cross County Trail<< MIKEBLOGSV2 Home
between Fairfax County PKY and
Pohick RD, Newington, VA
This 3.6 mile easy linear hike took place on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.
Participants were Tom O'Brien and me.
We met at 9:00 AM at the Food Lion shopping center on Hoadly RD in Manassas,
VA. Our usual meeting place for these hikes was at
Prince of Peace United Methodist Church.
However, they were paving Token Forest Drive so we met at the shopping center
instead. Traffic getting to the southern trailhead was surprisingly light
that morning. We staged my vehicle
The month prior to doing this hike we hiked the Giles Run Trail close by in Lorton, VA
at the southern trailhead at the cul-de-sac on Wadebrook Terrace off of
Pohick / Rolling RD. We then drove Tom's vehicle around to the northern
trailhead and a small parking area for about 8-10 vehicles on a segment of
Hooes RD that was parallel to Fairfax County Parkway between Gambril and
Whitlers Drive. We then started the hike.
The weather was perfect. It was in the high 60's when we started and the mid
70's when we ended the hike. There were a few areas where we had to either
consult Google Maps or ask oncoming hikers which was the correct way to go as
there were numerous side trails going into the adjacent neighborhoods. And
the signing and lack of blazes could have been better. But we kept following
the trail as it paralleled Pohick Creek and made the right calls direction
This section of trail utilized those concrete stepping stones as it crossed
Pohick Creek four or five times. The last time that we crossed the creek it
was on a small concrete bridge. We saw one single Blue Bell flowering plant
trail. Tom took an image of it. Since this trail was paved for about
seventy percent of the way and was mostly flat, we made good time, though
there were a few ups.
We started this hike around 9:30 AM and were off the trail by 10:45 AM.
Again, I thought that this was a very easy hike. The
Fairfax County website said that this section was 3.9 miles. Google maps
said that it was 3.6. I believe the discrepency was that I measured from
where we started the hike to where we ended it. I didn't account for the
distance along Hooes RD to the traffic light, then left over the Fairfax
County Parkway overpass and right on Whitlers Drive. That is probably the
.3 mile difference. I will adjust the differences on the
Jerry Connolly Cross County Trail Distance Calculator
accordingly. We'll pick up that difference on the next segment. We have now
hiked about twenty percent of the 40 mile FCCT. We plan to
do the remaining eight segments in roughly 3-5 mile linear hikes over the next
year. If you would like to join us, please click on the Comments link below
and let me know.
Map of where we hiked.
By Google Maps
Lone Blue Bells.
By Tom O'Brien
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