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This is the official page for the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Mission: The Park Authority’s mission is to set aside public spaces for and assist citizens in the protection and enhancement of environmental values, diversity of natural habitats and cultural heritage to guarantee that these resources will be available to both present and future generations. Our vision is to create and sustain quality facilities and services which offer citizens opportunities for recreation, improvement of their physical and mental well being, and enhancement of their quality of life.

Wanna go on a scavenger hunt? Extension Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens have created a hunt for kids. Drop by a...
07/13/2019

Wanna go on a scavenger hunt? Extension Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens have created a hunt for kids. Drop by any day when the horticulture center is open and ask for the hunt list. Find the plants, animals and structures on the list and return it to the front desk to get a prize. http://bit.ly/2vLe8Dw

If you’re heading to the Burke Farmers Market, please be aware of temporary changes to the market layout to accommodat...
07/13/2019

If you’re heading to the Burke Farmers Market, please be aware of temporary changes to the market layout to accommodate VDOT construction. The changes are expected to last three weeks, weather permitting.

Hop aboard a wagon and get ready to roll on a nature scavenger hunt! Search for birds, butterflies, and flowers at River...
07/13/2019

Hop aboard a wagon and get ready to roll on a nature scavenger hunt! Search for birds, butterflies, and flowers at Riverbend Park tomorrow! 🐦🦋🌷
http://bit.ly/2LiRxbg

07/12/2019

Beat the heat with a trip to The Water Mine at Lake Fairfax this weekend! Whether you’re toddling in the bubbling waters, sliding down three stories of fun or relaxing in the lazy river... there's something for everyone at this Reston water park! https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/watermine

Natural art surrounds us in the parks. But get inspired by local artists with art exhibits at Huntley Meadow Parks and G...
07/12/2019

Natural art surrounds us in the parks. But get inspired by local artists with art exhibits at Huntley Meadow Parks and Green Springs Gardens. 📷: Michael DeBois (artist currently exhibiting at Huntley Meadows. #gameonjuly
http://bit.ly/32e4MPU

Some local favs take the stage tomorrow morning for our #free Arts in the Parks series! Don't miss music, puppets and ma...
07/12/2019

Some local favs take the stage tomorrow morning for our #free Arts in the Parks series! Don't miss music, puppets and magic in the parks. 10-10:45am. 🎶
➡️ Burke Lake: Rocknoceros
➡️ Ellanor C. Lawrence: The Great Zucchini
➡️ Mason District: The Goodlife Theatre
http://bit.ly/2KNlqzn

Braddock Nights continues TONIGHT with two separate summer concerts. 🎼 Join us at Lake Accotink in Springfield for ro...
07/12/2019

Braddock Nights continues TONIGHT with two separate summer concerts. 🎼 Join us at Lake Accotink in Springfield for rock and blues from Karl Stoll & The Danger Zone. Or head to Royal Lake in Fairfx for light classical/jazz music from Brass 5. See event details in comments. Braddock Supervisor John C. Cook

07/11/2019

Come horse around and visit the animals of Frying Pan Farm Park. 🐴 The Herndon farm is open daily for #FREE fun ... rain or shine! 🌧 #gameonjuly
http://bit.ly/326Qnoi

We’re gearing up for another night of wet weather, but are also still dealing either the following impacts from Monday...
07/11/2019

We’re gearing up for another night of wet weather, but are also still dealing either the following impacts from Monday’s rains:
• Riverbend Park’s boat ramp is now open but boat rentals won’t open until at least this weekend.
• Portions of the Potomac Heritage Trail at Riverbend Park are closed.
• Scotts Run West Parking Lot is closed.
• Pinecrest Golf Course is closed.

Please stay safe during tonight’s storms. Downed trees and damage may be reported at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/tree-removal.

Woo hoo! We're having so much fun with our summer bucket list that we added a bonus #free activity in the parks! During ...
07/11/2019

Woo hoo! We're having so much fun with our summer bucket list that we added a bonus #free activity in the parks! During July, head to the Braddock Park Batting Cages from noon-3 p.m, Monday-Friday. Mention Park & Rec Month to get a free token! ⚾ #gameon http://bit.ly/31aloXZ

Borrow a FREE Nature Trail Backpack at Frying Pan Farm Park when the Country Store is open. It’s packed with informati...
07/11/2019

Borrow a FREE Nature Trail Backpack at Frying Pan Farm Park when the Country Store is open. It’s packed with information that will guide you on an investigation through the woods along the park’s nature trail. The journey starts and ends at the Country Store.
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#fryingpan #fryingpanfarmpark #scavengerhunt #nature #naturelovers #farmlife

Looking for more #free adventure this summer? Explore the colorful and vibrant Green Springs Gardens, complete with pond...
07/10/2019

Looking for more #free adventure this summer? Explore the colorful and vibrant Green Springs Gardens, complete with ponds, trails, children's garden and horticultural library! #gameon http://bit.ly/32e4MPU

07/10/2019

Have you earned your Discovery Trail prize pack yet? Pick up a map, visit eight parks and redeem for this coupon book full of FREE summer fun in Fairfax parks. The books are $90+ in value and include:
✔️ One free night stay at a campsite
✔️ One free carousel ride
✔️ One free wagon ride
✔️ One free train ride
✔️ One free boat rental
✔️ One free boat tour
✔️ One free pedal boat rental
✔️ One free round of mini golf
✔️ One free RECenter pass (includes Cub Run RECenter leisure pool and Mt. Vernon Ice Rink)
✔️ Plus a chance to win a bicycle from Spokes!

What are you waiting for? Get on the Discovery Trail today! https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/discovery-trail-map

Next up on our summer bucket list of #free activities: explore a children's nature trail! Chessie's Trail at Lee Distric...
07/09/2019

Next up on our summer bucket list of #free activities: explore a children's nature trail! Chessie's Trail at Lee District Family Recreation Area includes woodland friends, musical instruments, animal tracks and more! #gameonjuly www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gameon

Park crews across the county are working to clean up from the July 8, 2019, rain storm that soaked the metro-Washington,...
07/09/2019

Park crews across the county are working to clean up from the July 8, 2019, rain storm that soaked the metro-Washington, DC area. The morning storm caused damage and debris buildup throughout the Fairfax County Park Authority's 427 parks and 334 miles of trails.

Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, VA

Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, VA
07/09/2019

Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, VA

The nice thing about Golf Camp at Twin Lakes is that you get to use more than one ball. I mean, eventually one of them i...
07/09/2019

The nice thing about Golf Camp at Twin Lakes is that you get to use more than one ball. I mean, eventually one of them is going to go in the hole, right? http://bit.ly/2NuApkJ
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#golf #twinlakesgolfcourse #fairfaxgolf

The following facilities remain closed following Monday’s rain event.  Park teams are still assessing damage and worki...
07/09/2019

The following facilities remain closed following Monday’s rain event. Park teams are still assessing damage and working to re-open all sites and amenities are quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.
• Riverbend Park’s boat ramp
• Portions of the Potomac Heritage Trail at Riverbend Park
• Scotts Run West Parking Lot
• Bridge at Lewinsville Park
• Pinecrest Golf Course
• Pond trails at Green Spring Gardens Park

To report a downed tree or additional park/trail damage, please visit http://bit.ly/2NRTb5E

(Photo is Pinecrest Golf Course in Annandale)

Take a giant leap and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk! 🌜 Learn more about our three fun lunar p...
07/08/2019

Take a giant leap and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk! 🌜 Learn more about our three fun lunar programs in July: http://bit.ly/2XCmclr

There are 427 parks and 334 miles of trails within the Fairfax County Park Authority system. We rely on the public to he...
07/08/2019

There are 427 parks and 334 miles of trails within the Fairfax County Park Authority system. We rely on the public to help report damage so we may address as quickly as possible. If you discover a downed tree in the parks, please do not attempt to remove it on your own. If you discover a flooded trail, please do not attempt to cross. Downed trees and trail/park damage from this morning's event may be reported at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/tree-removal

07/08/2019
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Scotts Run Nature Preserve receives a lot of runoff when it rains. Even the slightest bit of rain can turn the serene stream into a raging river. Always use caution.
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It's a bit wet at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site today. The mill race is under water on the right side of this photo. Tha...
07/08/2019

It's a bit wet at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site today. The mill race is under water on the right side of this photo. That area to the left of the fence is usually a grass field.
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#colvinrunmill #flood #rain

[UPDATED 7/8/19, 10:55 a.m.] Due to the current weather conditions, the following parks and amusements will have delayed...
07/08/2019

[UPDATED 7/8/19, 10:55 a.m.] Due to the current weather conditions, the following parks and amusements will have delayed opening today, July 8, 2019. We will continue to monitor conditions and update throughout the day. Please call golf courses for status before visiting. Use caution in parks and on trails as many areas are currently flooded.
➡️ Burke Lake Park – Train, Carousel and Marina
➡️ Lake Accotink Park - Carousel and Marina
➡️ Lake Fairfax Park- Carousel and Marina
➡️ Clemyjontri Park - Carousel
➡️ The Water Mine Family Swimming Hole
➡️ The Batting Cages at Braddock Park
➡️ Our Special Harbor Sprayground
➡️ Martin Luther King Pool

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Please use caution on the roads AND park trails today! #turnarounddontdrown http://twitter.com/NWS_BaltWash/status/11482...
07/08/2019
NWS DC/Baltimore on Twitter

Please use caution on the roads AND park trails today! #turnarounddontdrown http://twitter.com/NWS_BaltWash/status/1148222752593256448

“If you are in this FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY area, travel will be EXTRAORDINARILY dangerous, including washouts, #flooding over roads. Stay out of low areas, if in a low area that may flood, seek higher ground. Stay off the roads if at all possible. This is not the "usual" flooding.”

The Water Mine’s opening is delayed until noon today due to inclement weather.
07/08/2019

The Water Mine’s opening is delayed until noon today due to inclement weather.

Go fish! Grab a rod and expect tight lines in our county parks!  Fishing is free, but a license is required for ages 16+...
07/08/2019

Go fish! Grab a rod and expect tight lines in our county parks! Fishing is free, but a license is required for ages 16+. Be sure to let us know what you caught! #gameon http://bit.ly/32e4MPU

A morning swim at #HuntleyMeadows.  📷: Jane Gamble
07/07/2019

A morning swim at #HuntleyMeadows. 📷: Jane Gamble

If your kiddos haven’t visited Nature Playce yet, you’re missing out! Enjoy interactive indoor displays or explore t...
07/07/2019

If your kiddos haven’t visited Nature Playce yet, you’re missing out! Enjoy interactive indoor displays or explore the outdoor play space at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, all for free! Plan your visit today! #gameon http://bit.ly/32e4MPU

Congrats to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on your World Championship! Is there a future world champion practicing in ou...
07/07/2019

Congrats to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on your World Championship! Is there a future world champion practicing in our parks right now? We hope so! 🇺🇸

Once in a while you just need a cute-dog-in-a-park photo. Leashed dogs are welcome in all Fairfax County Park Authority ...
07/06/2019

Once in a while you just need a cute-dog-in-a-park photo. Leashed dogs are welcome in all Fairfax County Park Authority parks. 📷: Don Sweeney http://bit.ly/2Nr6Oc7

The blacksmith fire flares tomorrow at Colvin Run Mill!  Make plans to stop by for this free demo. There will also be mi...
07/06/2019

The blacksmith fire flares tomorrow at Colvin Run Mill! Make plans to stop by for this free demo. There will also be mill tours, free carving classes and more! #gameon http://bit.ly/32e4MPU

Has your child been this close to a turkey? Have you? You can be at #FryingPanFarmPark. http://bit.ly/2QkZ88W
07/06/2019

Has your child been this close to a turkey? Have you? You can be at #FryingPanFarmPark. http://bit.ly/2QkZ88W

Hot enough for you?  Cool off with a trip to Our Special Harbor in Lee District Family Recreation Area! http://bit.ly/32...
07/05/2019

Hot enough for you? Cool off with a trip to Our Special Harbor in Lee District Family Recreation Area! http://bit.ly/322C9Ff

Hidden Oaks Nature Center is royally raising monarchs. They also have tobacco hornworms which are much larger and can be...
07/05/2019

Hidden Oaks Nature Center is royally raising monarchs. They also have tobacco hornworms which are much larger and can be handled by children more easily. Visit http://bit.ly/32e4MPU for more ideas on free summer fun! #gameon

Looking for a longer hike this weekend? We have several trail suggestions in our new blog. Read it at http://bit.ly/326W...
07/04/2019

Looking for a longer hike this weekend? We have several trail suggestions in our new blog. Read it at http://bit.ly/326WUiR

Red cardinals, blue heron and white blossoms await you at Huntley Meadows! Celebrate the holiday with a boardwalk stroll...
07/04/2019

Red cardinals, blue heron and white blossoms await you at Huntley Meadows! Celebrate the holiday with a boardwalk stroll through the wetlands! #gameonjuly http://bit.ly/326JljF

Happy Independence Day!!
07/04/2019

Happy Independence Day!!

This is a monarch caterpillar in a J hook at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. It’s ready to split its exoskeleton one last t...
07/03/2019

This is a monarch caterpillar in a J hook at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. It’s ready to split its exoskeleton one last time before creating a jade house with golden windows -- a chrysalis. The caterpillar then will pupate into an adult monarch butterfly over the next ten days. Hidden Oaks is raising monarchs. Drop by soon to see nature at work. http://bit.ly/2vLlQ0G
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#hiddenoaks #hiddenoaksnaturecenter #monarch #monarchbutterfly #monarchcaterpillar #chrysalis

Are you ready to accept a mission to the moon?  How about to #HiddenOaks Nature Center?  That’s where you’ll find ou...
07/02/2019

Are you ready to accept a mission to the moon? How about to #HiddenOaks Nature Center? That’s where you’ll find our Discovery Trail Map rocket ship and astronaut this week. See U There. http://bit.ly/2Vz9ovn #fcpamoonwalk

This is a terrific point of view - unless, of course, you're a mosquito or a fly. Life's all about perspective, eh? 📷...
07/02/2019

This is a terrific point of view - unless, of course, you're a mosquito or a fly. Life's all about perspective, eh? 📷: Jane Gamble

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