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How You Can Help

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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
Jean Reimers, Vice-President
Joan Burkgren, Treasurer
Jane Fragola, Secretary
Sue Bennett, Director


Visit our Facebook Page for the latest news on upcoming meetings & trail events.

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:

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

4th of July 5k Fun Run Report

The Great Falls trailblazers would like to thank all those who made our 4th of July 5k fun run such a success.

We had 196 runners plus many wonderful dogs on leashes. Ages ranged from babies in strollers up through 8 and 10 year olds, teenagers, parents, middle aged and seniors.

It was indeed a family affair.

All enjoyed starting off their 4th of July celebrations with a scenic run/ jog/ walk through fields, along lanes, past horses and through winding wooded trails.

We look forward to seeing you all next year for our 4th of July 5k fun run.

Have a great year, work for trails.

Julie Ben-Achour
President of Great Falls TrailBlazers

What You May Have Missed

At our General Meeting held on February 15 we introduced our new board:

  • President: Julie BenAchour
  • Vice President: Jean Reimers
  • Treasurer: Joan Burkgren
  • Secretary: Jane Fragola

We reviewed our 2016 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.

Point of Interest

Georgetown Pike Trail

The County will be conducting a search for historic artifacts along the proposed Phase IV of this trail before any construction can be undertaken.

Trailblazers at Work!

Members of the Great Falls Trailblazers and United Methodist church volunteers worked on April 16, 2016 to improve the trail in front of the church along Georgetown Pike. GFTB members in attendance were Jean Reimers, Julie Ben-Achour. Sue Bennett and Karen Jones Niedringhaus.

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Trail Crosswalk Improvements At Route 7 and Colvin Run

Fairfax County will start construction on Project No. ST-000003-018, Leesburg Pike/Colvin Run Road Pedestrian Access Improvement Project, on April 18, 2016 and is expected to complete construction by early 2017.

This project will add a signalized pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Leesburg Pike and Colvin Run Road, providing a safe crossing for pedestrians and improving access to the Cross County Trail system. Construction will involve intersection modification, lane widening, and the installation of 203 linear feet of new sidewalk, bus pads, and pedestrian accessibility improvements. Signal modification improvements will include new mast poles, pedestrian signals, signage, pavement marking, and other associated improvements.

These improvements involve construction of retaining walls, storm drainage structures, fencing, and other related improvements. There may be lane closures during off-peak hours, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact Qais Bashir, at 703-324-5085 or

Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan 2013 Edition

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

Trail Blazers help fight flooding at River Bend

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.