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  2. Donate a trail easement



Meeting Schedule

Board Meetings are held monthly. Check our Facebook page for general membership meetings.


Current Board Members

Julie Ben-Achour, President
Gordon Harris, Vice-President
Joan Burkgren, Treasurer
Jane Fragola, Secretary
Sue Bennett, Director

News and Upcoming Events

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4th of July 5K Fun Run (2021)

The Great Falls Trailblazers would like to say a big thank you to all those who ran in the 4th of July Great Falls Trailblazers 5k Fun Run.

It was wonderful to see more than a hundred runners, young and old, start their 4th of July weekend enjoying the countryside trails of Great Falls. The weather was perfect.

We would also like to say a special big thank you to all those who very generously made a donation. It was very much appreciated. These funds will help the continued effort to maintain and create trails for our community.

Special thanks to Greg at Rossen Landscape for doing such a wonderful job mowing a trail around Marmota Farm for us all to run on for our 4th of July 5k run. A round of applause for Greg and his team.

If you would like to join the Great Falls Trailblazers and help out with trail upkeep and work days, please let us know.

Great Falls Trailblazers
PO Box 844
Great Falls, VA 22066

Or email us at greatfallstrailblazers@gmail.com

Or call us at 703 927 5326

photo of 3 winners of 2021 Trail Blazers July 4 5K run
Three winners
photo of runner in 2021 Trail Blazers July 4 5K run
Running the course
photo of water station at 2021 Trail Blazers July 4 5K run
Water station
 

Prior 4th of July 5K Fun Runs

   
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New Asphalt Trail Completed Along Georgetown Pike in Great Falls (October 2019)

Trailblazers are delighted at the completion of this segment of the trail along Georgetown Pike and would like to thank Jane Edmondson and her team with the backing of Supervisor John Foust for all their support and hard work in making this happen.

The County recently completed construction on new asphalt trail along Georgetown Pike in Great Falls from Falls Chase Court, where it connects to existing trail, to Seneca Road. This new trail is part of a larger effort to improve pedestrian access throughout Great Falls and to connect the broader community to the Village Centre. Staying consistent with the scenic and historic nature of Great Falls, the trail meanders along the Pike, which ensured that trees were preserved, impacts to neighboring properties were limited, and users have a pleasant experience.

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Georgetown Pike Trail Work (September 2019)

Great news! The trail segment at Falls Bridge has been completed and looks great. After years of planning, grant writing, working with the county and the citizens association we celebrate the completion of this segment. This now gives us a continuous trail from Falls Bridge to Utterback Rd. along Georgetown Pike.

The last segment of this stretch from Falls Bridge to Seneca is seriously underway with major construction happening now.

Our goal is a continuous trail along Georgetown Pike between Seneca and the village. Many segments are already walkable but we will continue working to achieve our goal. If you would like to join our Trailblazers Group drop us a line at greatfallstrailblazers@gmail.com.

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What You May Have Missed

At our General Meeting held in February 2018 we introduced our new board:

  • President: Julie BenAchour
  • Vice President: Gordon Harris
  • Treasurer: Joan Burkgren
  • Secretary: Jane Fragola
  • Director: Sue Bennett

We reviewed our activities including our annual July 4th 5K walk/run, trail maintenance activities, negotiations with the developers of Brooks Farm, Brookville Estates and Pots and Plants on the Pike for trail installations, distributed copies of steps to take to establish a property easement and Virginia landowner liability and worked with the County and Great Falls Citizens Association on general trail matters.


Georgetown Pike Trail

We are happy to see the trail along Georgetown Pike advance in leaps and bounds with the help of the County and the Great Falls Citizens Association. Watch for more to come!



Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan

thumbnail image of Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan Map

The Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan is a guide used for decision-making about the built and natural environment.



Top Trails for Baby Boomers

Living an active lifestyle can help you live a longer, happier, healthier life, which may explain why more and more people (especially baby boomers) are flocking to National and State Parks. Top Trails for Baby Boomers offers a curated list of popular trails arranged by state or region of the country.



A Guide to Hiking with Kids

We are fortunate to have so many great hiking opportunities in Great Falls suitable for all ages. If you have kids, here is a great resource to plan your outings: https://www.aaastateofplay.com/a-guide-to-hiking-with-kids/

Our thanks to the Quinn family for sharing this informative site.



Trail Etiquette

Many of our local trails are on private property. Help us keep these trails open for all to enjoy by following these guidelines.