Rutherford Park located in Fairfax has so much to offer and is fun for all ages. In addition to the large piece of playground equipment, there are also plenty of athletic fields including tennis and basketball courts. There is a nice picnic and grilling area and nice walking trail, which is part of the Long Branch Stream Valley Trail.
When you first enter the park there is a port-a-potty. The playground, itself, is a large piece of equipment, including three slides, a climbing wall and monkey bars. Rutherford Park has a tire swing, including two infant swings and two regular swings, as well as a few riding animals. Woodchips are underneath all the equipment. There are plenty of athletic fields, including basketball and tennis courts and there is a nice picnic and grilling area.
If you are located in Fairfax County or are just looking for a fun, free day out, check out this park!
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.
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.
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.
(At the intersection of Ranger Road and Shiloh Street)
Shiloh Street Park is a smaller neighborhood park that is fenced in, has a bench with trash, a metal jungle gym and a riding Bald Eagle. This park was nicely shaded as we went on quite a hot day. There is also a neighborhood trail that is accessible at the park.
If you are in the neighborhood, stop by this park and check out Cambridge Station park in the neighborhood as well.
Villa Lee Park is located in Fairfax, VA. You can access this park off of Hunter Road and take a path, over the bridge to the park or by turning into the Villa Lee townhouse development off of Espana Court and it is right in the cul-da-sac.
As mentioned before, Villa Lee park is located off of Hunter Road. There is only street parking, the road is a little narrow, but you can access the park by taking the walking path through the woods, over the bridge to Villa Street Park. We ended up parking in the cul-da-sac off of Empana Court in the Villa Lee townhouse development. The park is located right there. The park has a small playground with climbing equipment, slide a see-saw, as well as a swing and an infant swing. There is also a little picnic area where you can enjoy the nicely shaded park.
If you live in the Villa Lee development or are near by, this is a small, yet nicely shaded park to visit in the forest.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…:)
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.
South Railroad Street Park is a small, yet nice neighborhood park located in Dunn Loring, Va. This Fairfax park has a nice sized play area, walking trail and picnic tables.
The playground has a large piece of play equipment, including a climbing wall, a few slides and monkey bars. This park is settled back on a short walking trail, away from the road, with plenty of shade and picnic tables. Please note, there are not restrooms at this park; however it is a very nice quiet park to go to if you are near the Dunn Loring area.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Greenbriar Commons Park is located behind the Greenbriar Pool Club in Fairfax, VA. Parking is located on Point Pleasant Drive along the street and just follow the path to the Tot Lot. The Park includes a playground area, swings, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits and hiking trails. The Rocky Run Stream Valley Trail runs through the park and access is located behind the playground. Here is the trail map that shows it stretching through a large part of Fairfax County.
The park has a little bit of shade, a few benches and picnic tables. There are no restrooms at this park and I’m fairly certain the Greenbriar Pool Club when it’s open won’t allow you to use their restrooms. The one large piece of play equipment was in good shape and both regular and toddler swings were available.
We didn’t get a chance to meet up with Rocky Run Stream Valley Trail because it was starting to get late but I’m sure in the spring time we’ll be out there hiking the trails. This was a cute neighorhood park and if you live in the Greenbriar or Fair Lakes area this would be another great option to take the family.