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Partner Organizations
Great Falls Trailblazers
Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition
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Parent Organization
Potomac River Greenways Coalition 501(c)(3)
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About FTAS
In heavily-developed Fairfax County, stream valleys are our last opportunity to create a long network of interconnected off-road trails. Yet such trails, where they exist at all, are fragmented and disconnected. Fairfax Trails and Streams (FTAS), a grassroots trail and environmental advocacy group, aims to create this network, and help protect the watershed. Our primary projects are the Pimmit Run Trail in McLean and the Cross County Trail (CCT).

We publish a biweekly e-mail newsletter, meet monthly in McLean, lead hikes and organize trail construction/maintenance crews. We work with landowners, trail user groups, and government officials to help complete these networks of scenic trails.

FTAS originated the concept of the Cross-County Trail in 1997. FTAS did extensive research to identify a feasible and scenic route. In June 1999, FTAS led the first Cross-County Hike, from Lorton to Great Falls Visitors Center. The group received the American Hiking Society's Trail Development Award in 2000.

Our roots go back to 1990 when we made the first organized attempt to build the Pimmit Run Trail, from Chain Bridge to the Tysons/Olney Park/West Falls Church area. Since then we've continued to promote the creation of the Pimmit Run Trail and helped make the Cross-County Trail a reality.

On the morning of November 15, 2011 at 11:00 am, we celebrated the unveiling of a new historic plaque at the eastern end of the Pimmit Run Trail, where the Declaration of Independence was hidden in 1814. Arlington County board member Jay Fisette made remarks.

For years, FTAS has pursued the creation of a brochure about Pimmit Run's upstream and downstream trails. Finally achieved in 2007, this map can be downloaded from this page. This brochure is in the process of being updated as an error has already been identified in this most recent version.

See a list of our Accomplishments.

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Upcoming Events
Mar 23, 2013 9-12pm Spring Litter Cleanup
Mar 24, 2013 1-4pm Litter Cleanup backup

Recent Events
2014 Meeting Schedule...
Feb.18. 10-4 McLean Outdoors Adventure Expo
Feb.21. 7-8:30pm Riverbend Park Master Plan Meeting
Feb.23: Rain date for Riverbend Park Master Plan
---in Great Falls, VA
Mar.1. 7:30pm: FTAS meeting, McLean
Mar.3. 9am: Powells Creek Work Trip, 1.5 miles of new stream valley trail, in Dale City
Mar.24. 9am: Litter Clean Up Pimmit/Scotts/Dead Run, McLean.
Mar.25. 1pm: Rain date for Litter Clean UP
Madeira and Belvoir Efforts...
Burke Springhouse Restoration...
CCT Featured in Parktakes...

FTAS Photo Gallery
See some of our recent trail work trips and hikes:
CCT Construction...
Pimmit Run Cleanup...
Lansdowne PHT Work Trip...
Trails Day CCT Map Unveiling and Hike...
Trails Day Riverbend to Algonkian Hike...
Noman Cole Trail Work Trip & Grand Opening...
CCT Miller Heights Work Trip...
Pimmit Bend Park Trail Re-route...

Pimmit Run Map
Map of Primmit Run
The first detailed historic and environmental map of the Pimmit Run stream valley area, showing the proposed hiking trail along the Pimmit, can be purchased by contacting Ed Pickens. Exquisitely illustrated, this map is suitable for framing and proceeds will help support trails in Fairfax County.

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