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Recon of Fairfax Cross County Trail between Prosperity AVE, and Pickett RD, VA


This easy 2 mile up, 2 mile back recon took place on Thursday, August 11, 2022. It took place on the Connelly/Fairfax Cross County Trail between Eakin Community Park at Prosperity AVE and Thaiss Park at Pickett RD in Fairfax, VA. Again it was just me on this one.

My back was getting better each day over the last week. So I decided to try doing a hike and see how I felt during this hike and afterwards. It was very hot on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 so I waited until Thursday, August 11, 2022. I still wasn't sure where I was going to go. I was deciding between the AT and the FFXCCT. This morning I decided on the latter.

I still wasn't sure if I was just going to do a driving recon or actually do some hiking. So when I arrived at Thaiss Park in Fairfax around 12 noon, I decided to try doing some hiking and see how my back held up. After looking around for the FFXCCT and making sure that I was going the correct direction, I started the hike.

The weather was a lot nicer than it had been. Temps were in the high 70's and the humidity was much lower. For the first mile of my southbound hike my back was still tight and I was in low level pain. Right after starting I saw two small fawns on the side of the trail. I took an image but didn't want to get too close. So you'll have to look hard to see them.

During the next mile I entered Sally Ormsby Park. It seems like there are parks every few miles on this trail. This section of the trail was very level. It was during this mile that my back began to loosten up. I started to increase my stride. Hiking in the woods is neat because your mind is free to wander around as you hike. At the end of my second mile I made it to Prosperity AVE.

This was my turn around point. Eakin Community Park was right across the street. It was at this park that I sat on a concrete picnic table and took a break on my last section of this trail. Today, I felt good so I just turned around and started my return trip. As usual the return trip seemed shorter than the original trip. I passed a number of young mothers pushing strollers on the trail. For a Thursday afternoon this trail was actually crowded.

I ended this hike at 1:15 PM. One hour and 15 minutes for four miles. Not bad. Afterwards I drove along Pickett RD, Blake LA and Jermantown RD as the FFXCCT leaves the Accotink Stream Valley and proceeds on urban sidewalks for about 3.5 miles. It then turns right and goes around the perimeter of Oak Marr REC Center in Oakton. It then goes behind Flint Hill School, along Miller Heights RD and then alligns itself with the Difficult Run Stream Valley for about the next 16 miles as it heads north towards the Potomac River and Great Falls Park.

As of today I have completed 20.7 miles of this 40 mile trail. It looks like it will take 4 or five more sections (8 to 10 if I have to do Up & Backs) before I can complete this trail. I don't think that I am going to do the 3.5 mile roadwalk because I consider having completed the 3.5 mile road walk by driving this section. I hope to complete this trail either late this year or early 2023.

Mike C

Selfie at start of hike
 Selfie at start of hike.
2 fawns near the trail
 2 fawns near the trail.
Accotink Creek
 Accotink Creek.
Fairfax Cross County Trail
 Fairfax Cross County Trail.
Pickett RD Underpass
 Pickett RD Underpass.
Map of where I hiked
 Map of where I hiked.

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