Ranger Road Park in Fairfax, VA!

Ranger Road Park in Fairfax, VA!

Ranger Road Park is a nice park located right off of Ranger Road in the City of Fairfax.  This park is located on over 10 acres and offers a basketball court, picnic area, two grills as well as playground equipment.

Address: 9701 Ranger Road, Fairfax, VA

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This park offers two different pieces of playground equipment, which includes slides and climbing areas.  Additionally, there are two sets of swings for both infant and regular.  The playground itself slopes down a small hill from the road and parking is alongside Ranger Road.  There are Cardiovascular Fitness exercises along a small trail that allows you to get a little workout in, while your little one is playing.  Two grills and a picnic area are also located at this park.  One downside:  There are not any restrooms located within the park.

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My boys enjoyed the trail and crossing the bridge just as much as the playground aspect of the park.  If you are located in the City of Fairfax of near Ranger Road, check out this park.

Draper Drive Park in Fairfax, VA!

Draper Drive Park in Fairfax, VA!

A BIG Thank you to our Guest Reviewer, Allie Higgins, for reviewing Draper Drive Park in the City of Fairfax!

Allie Higgins is a mom of two young energetic boys who love to run and play.  Together, they enjoy hiking, biking, swimming and going to the many parks in the area.  Allie has been in the DC/NOVA area for over 10 years; she is writer/researcher and a graduate of Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University.

Draper Drive Park in the City of Fairfax was, until recently, only soccer fields and walking trails; however, the city has now added a playground that is a fun addition to the park.
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The playground area is set up on part mulch and part rubber surfaces and includes swings and the main play structures even have shade canopies for the equipment. If your children like to get dizzy, there are several spinning pieces and if they prefer to climb, there are climbing walls as well. Slides and monkey bars make this playground complete. There are numerous park benches and two porta-potties adjacent to the playground.
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 The soccer field is synthetic turf with goals and bleachers along the fields. Additionally, there is a paved run/walk/bike trail that encircles the park. I especially liked that you can see the entire trail from the playground. While my younger son was swinging, I could still watch my older son ride his bike around the loop. Similarly, if you are at the park to watch a soccer match, you can see the all of the fields from the playground, so that makes it fun for all! This is a great park to check out if you are in the Fairfax area.

Stafford Drive Park in Fairfax, VA!

Stafford Drive Park in Fairfax, VA!

Last week we ventured out to Fairfax County and came across this great park in the City of Fairfax.  Stafford Drive Park has over 24 acres, which includes a multi purpose turf field, large playground, rest rooms and a nice walking trail.

Address: 3300 Stafford Drive, Fairfax, VA 

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 From the parking lot, you can take part of the walking trail to the playground.  The turf field was busy with school aged children practicing soccer.

 

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This playground has so much to do and is great for all ages! There is a large set of playground equipment with three large slides, a small playground for the little ones and another set of equipment that is great for little ones to run around and climb the monkey bars. The entertainment doesn’t stop there;  there is also a climbing wall, a red car, a ball maze, musical instrument section and a whole row of both infant and regular swings.

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Upon entering the park there is a large parking lot with ample parking.  Included at the park are restrooms, multi-purpose turf field, walking trails and a very large playground with swings.  The restrooms are located at the entrance of the park.

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We did head out to this park right after school let out, so it was starting to get pretty busy by the time made it to the playground area.  However, if you live in the City of Fairfax or in Fairfax County, check this park out!

 

Dale Lestina Park in Fairfax, VA!

Dale Lestina Park in Fairfax, VA!

Tuesday we checked out Dale Lestina Park, in Fairfax, VA.  This is a nicely shaded, neighborhood park with swings, playgrounds and a neighborhood trail.

Address: 3157 Plantation Parkway Fairfax, VA

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This playground is located in the City of Fairfax and is a great neighborhood park.  There are two playgrounds, two swings and two infant swings, hiking trail through the neighborhood and a small stream behind the playground equipment.  The playground equipment is far enough from the road that you feel safe with the kiddos to roam around and explore.  Although we visited this park in the Fall, it is a very shaded park, which would be nice during those hot summer months.  Since it is Fall, we utilized all the fallen leaves and piled them up at the bottom of the slide.  The kids had a ball!

The playground equipment has two slides on one and one slide on the other.  It’s your typical set of equipment; climbing area, slides, tunnels, tic-tac-toe and steering wheel.  Included in this park is also a picnic table, trash can and a bench.  The walking trail was nice too, especially since it’s Fall.  We went on a scavenger hunt and found items that are Fall colors and put them in our little brown bag!

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Although there are not any restrooms, this is a great park to visit and the kids really did have a great time.  If you are near the City of Fairfax, check this park out!

Thaiss Memorial Park in Fairfax, VA!

Thaiss Memorial Park in Fairfax, VA!

Thaiss Memorial Park is a 10-acre park in the City of Fairfax. The park includes  Little League fields, picnic pavilion, and play equipment. The park is also a point where you can enter the Accotink Stream Valley Trail that is part of the larger Cross County Trail.

Address: 3401 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22031

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Thaiss Memorial Park is mostly a sports park but it does have one piece of play equipment in good shape for the older crowd. A Porta Potty (May-Oct) is available during non sporting times and indoor restrooms are available when Little League games are going on. There is a picnic pavilion to get out of the shade. Check out this City of Fairfax Park!

Accotink Stream Valley Trail in Fairfax, VA!

Accotink Stream Valley Trail in Fairfax, VA!

When we were tooling around Fairfax heading toward the different portions of Eakin Community Park we headed out onto the Accotink Stream Valley Trail. This portion of the trail is part of the larger Cross County Trail plan or CCT. The CCT is 40 miles long, running from the Potomac River in Great Falls Park to Occoquan River in the Occoquan Regional Park. There is some great facts about the CCT on the Fairfax County Park Authority website and other Trail Maps around the counties, if you’re curious and want more information click here.

Accotink Strean Valley Trail Map 

This portion of the CCT takes you along the trail from Pickett Road in Fairfax where you can enter the path at Thaiss Memorial Park all the way to Little River Turnpike (Rt 236) ending at Wakefield Park in Annandale.

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AREAS WHERE YOU CAN PARK Address: 3417 Pickett Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031

3400 ProsperityAve, Fairfax, VA 22031

8515 Tobin Rd, Annandale, VA 22003

We picked a nice day to head out on the 4.2-mile trail and just walk in the shade of the trees. The path is paved and flat with several small bridges to cross over. There were tons of people running, biking or just letting the kids run up and down the path. The wooded area along the trail was pretty moist from the past days of rain and we noticed it was kind of buggy in parts. I bet during the spring time or when there is a small breeze the bugs are not an issue. Homes can be seen from the parts of the trail and you do cross over a few roads but there are large crosswalks for pedestrian safety. Along the way are info signs with information regarding the trail or things like a description of poison ivy and why it makes you itch…:)

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There are a couple parks along this portion of trail, Thaiss Memorial Park which has a school aged piece of play equipment and Eakin Community Park which has a playground with slides and swings. There are restrooms at the Thaiss Memorial Park (porta potty) and Eakin Community Park (porta potty) at the Tobin Rd location.

My kids had a fun time running along the path, checking out the creek that runs under the small bridges and of course seeing the deer throughout the trail area. (HINT: There is a deer in this picture, see if you can find it….:) ) One thing I have to mention are the signs along the trail noting that Deer Management for Archery Hunters begins in Sept and runs through February.

Enjoy the outdoors in the middle of the suburbs!

Providence Park in Fairfax, VA!

Providence Park in Fairfax, VA!

Providence Park  is another wonderful park in the City of Fairfax. The park has a great amount of shade around the playground area including a large picnic pavilion and portable restrooms. Tennis courts, basketball court and small amount of walking/hiking trails are also part of the park.

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Address: 10715 West Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

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The playground area has two pieces of great play equipment, a few ride on toys and both types of swings. Shade covers the enter playground area and if that wasn’t enough the area sits next to a large picnic pavilion. Portable restrooms are located near the parking lot and not too far from the play area. We did hit up the small amount of walking trails both natural and manicured.

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I think my youngest sons favorite part of the play equipment of large dinosaur you had to walk through to get to the top. This is really great park to stop and have a picnic lunch and let the kids just burn off some energy. If you’re lucky enough to live in the surrounding neighborhoods you would have a nice walk up to the park. If you live in the City of Fairfax or you’re just looking for a new park to take the kids check out Providence Park!

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Daniels Run Park in Fairfax, VA!

Daniels Run Park in Fairfax, VA!

I’m a big fan of City of Fairfax parks as most have great older trees and hiking trails. Daniels Run Park is a great hiking park that is mostly flatter wide trails with crushed gravel and several pedestrian bridges. There are many access points to the park not just the address below. Inside the park are directional signs as to what residential street you’re close to so you don’t get turned around inside the park. The park has a picnic shelter and small tot lot area.

Address: Estel Road, Fairfax, VA 22031 (Runs straight into the park)

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The small tot lot area has a tall slide and swings. To reach the tot lot area easily you can come into the park at the Heritage Lane access point. We didn’t reach the picnic pavilion on our hike because the boys were having a great time on the trails. There are both wide crushed gravel trails and hiking trails through out the park. We really loved this park and even though it was pretty cool weather the mosquitoes were out and biting. Just make sure you throw on some bug spray since you are in the middle of the woods. Strollers and wagons would do okay on the trails.  I saw several moms and dads out there with both strollers and wagons. If the kids are doing well riding bikes this would be a fun trail system to take the kids out on.

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We love this park and all City of Fairfax parks! They always have a natural feel and my boys love hiking through the woods and crossing the bridges. If you live in Fairfax or just want to find a nice easy walking/hiking park, check out Daniels Run Park in the City of Fairfax.

Kutner Park in Fairfax, VA!

Kutner Park in Fairfax, VA!

Kutner Park in Fairfax, VA is located off of Jermantown Road near Route 50. You can enter the park either at the entrance on Jermantown Road or walk in from the East side of  the park located in a small single family home development. At the Jermantown Road entrance there is a small sign with an arrow pointing towards the parking lot. You drive a short distance between the 7-Eleven and the soccer fields to locate the parking lot.

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Address: 3901 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

The park offers several pieces of newer equipment including a swing set, sand box and picnic pavilion. The park also has a tennis court, volleyball court and hiking trails. A porta potty is located near the parking lot and when we were there the potties were clean and in the shade.

This was a cute park that is tucked in between Route 50 and Lanier Middle School. If you didn’t catch the small sign driving by you would never know the park was located among the busy area near Route 50 and Route 29 in Fairfax County!

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