Over the summer we went hiking in one of my favorite spots in Mclean, Difficult Run Stream Valley Park. Along Georgetown Pike not far from Great Falls National Park you’ll find a small parking lot. This parking lot is used for the Difficult Run Stream Valley Park. The Difficult Run Trail is part of the Cross County Trail and the last section that leads across Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.
The trail heads along Difficult Run and has plenty of smaller trails that you walk along. The main Difficult Run Trail runs along the water way and is a large trail that would be rough with a jogging stroller so a backpack or little legs are the best way to get along. The views depending on the water level are very pretty. The day we went the water level was low and you could see lots of rocks.
The day we went we walked along the Difficult Run Trail which leads you under Georgetown Pike and into the Great Falls Park if you take the right trails. We headed along the Ridge Trail to the Old Carriage Trail. The best part of all this hiking is the signage and maps along the way. On the Ridge Trail you can find Equestrian turn outs where you can pen up your horses for a break. While we were hiking we passed several park rangers on bike and foot. If you are a geocacher there were plenty of caches to find along the way.
This hiking spot is great for a casual stroll and or a rigorous workout. There were plenty of folks running and biking through the trails. Check it out when the weather is nice!
Glade Recreation Area is part of the Hunter Woods District in the Reston Association. Included in this park is a tot lot, restrooms, pavilion, basketball and tennis courts and a pool during the Summer months.
Glade Recreation Area has a large parking lot. There is so much to do here and you don’t have to belong to the Reston Association to enjoy some of the perks! There are tennis and basketball courts. My boys had a ton of fun at the tot lot; it’s great for all ages. The playground itself is tucked in the furthest away from the parking lot. There’s a little climbing wall and slide. There is a whole back wall fence that has other play equipment such as a steering wheel and a little kids picnic area. Two infant swings and two regular swings are included in this play area. In addition to the little kids picnic area, there is another picnic table with a covering that will keep you shaded as well. After we played, we took a stroll on the walking trail. In addition, this park has restrooms, trash cans, benches and a water fountain. If you belong to the Reston Association you can also enjoy the pool at Glade Recreation Area.
If you are in the Hunter Woods area or nearby, this is a good park to put on your visit list!
Colten Neck Recreation Park is a park within the Reston Association and is a nice little park located off Colten Neck Drive in Reston, VA. There is a walking trail, tennis court, practice tennis station, tot lot, trash benches and a picnic table.
This park has lots of shade and is surrounded by trees. The playground is a nice little piece of equipment including two slides next to each other, steering wheel and climbing area. The walking trail is located at marker 31N, connected by the Colten Neck/South Park neighborhood. If you are looking to take a nice, peaceful walk, this is a great park to visit. It is very shaded and you can hear all the different nature sounds on the trail. If you’re a tennis player, there are tennis courts as well as a practice tennis wall.
If you’re near the Colten Neck neighborhood or looking for a nice shaded park and trail to visit, head out to this park.
Whether you are on the look out for a playground, walking trail, basketball courts or tennis courts, this park has all the features you are looking for. Located right across the street from JEB Stuart High School, at this park you will find a nice sized playground with a few slides, climbing equipment, “monkey” bars and on each side of the equipment you will find the fun, “old fashion” game to play telephone. My boys loved hearing each other scream at each other. A set of two infant swings are located right next to the playground as well. Since we visited right around the time school let out, we were able to see a group of kids play basketball and practice tennis. There was a nice little section of picnic tables with a grill as well. Parking is located on the street (by the school). There was a nice little trail leading you up to the play equipment, making it far enough away from the street and the school. This park is surrounded by trees and has plenty of opportunities for shade.
If you are located in Falls Church and near this park, I recommend stopping by to see all the amenities this park has to offer.
**Please note, if you do stop by during the school year and around the time of dismissal, there may be students hanging out while they wait for their rides or after school activities. **
In order to celebrate hitting 400+ Likes on Facebook, NoVA Outdoors is giving away 2-tickets to the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. The museum is located in the Claude Moore Park just past the Rec Center. The Heritage Farm museum has several exhibits on the history of Loudoun County in agricultural. For the children the museum offers a hands on experience where everything can be touched. My children’s favorite part is the General Store where you can buy or sell goods in the store.
To enter just click on this LINK! The giveaway will begin 2/6 at midnight and run till 2/11. The winner will be announced on 2/12! Make sure you go over to Facebook and Like the Heritage Farm Museum. You can also find them on Twitter @hfarmmuseum.