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.
PIMMIT RUN TRAIL MARKER UNVEILING CEREMONY
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.
NEW PIMMIT TRAIL BROCHURE
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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