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Recon of Fairfax Cross County Trail
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

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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 wise.

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

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was on a small concrete bridge. We saw one single Blue Bell flowering plant along the 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

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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.

Mike C

Group selfie
 Group selfie.
  Map of where we hiked
 Map of where we hiked.
 By Google Maps

Lone Blue Bells
 Lone Blue Bells.
 By Tom O'Brien

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