Friday, July 7, 2017

Learn About Fairfax County History with the Discovery Trail Map

The Discovery Trail map developed by Fairfax County Park Authority is a fun way to learn more about the history of Fairfax County during the county's 275th anniversary. The Park Authority is holding a contest this year, encouraging residents and visitors to visit at least 8 of 12 parks depicted on the map. Participants can win prizes and are entered into a drawing to win a bike donated by Spokes, Etc. and Trek.

We think the best way to visit these sites is by bike, if there's a safe route. We used google maps bike directions to create a 60-mile route between 9 of the 12 parks. We haven't ridden the route and can't vouch for whether or not the included roads are safe. If you do try to ride between the parks, let us know in the comments section about your route.

Here's info from Fairfax County about the Discovery Trail map and contest.
Which U.S. President made sure one of Fairfax County’s largest parks would be preserved for recreational purposes forever? Which county historical site served for more than 150 years as a church for an integrated congregation starting in the 1790s? Which location once operated a licensed still, and which was known for illegal moonshining? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Discovery Trail Map 2017– celebrating the 275th anniversary of Fairfax County.

Now in its fourth year, the popular summer activity encourages participants to explore 12 distinctive parks and discover their history. This year, both children and adults are eligible to win prizes for learning and having fun! Participants who visit eight sites will receive a prize packet valued at $93 full of nine tickets to summer park amusements such as boat, train, wagon and carousel rides, mini golf and camping. Prize pack winners are also eligible to enter a drawing for one of four bicycles and safety helmets donated by Spokes, Etc. and Trek through the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

In celebration of Fairfax County’s 275th anniversary, the 2017 map also introduces another way to learn, have fun and win through Instagram. Lord Fairfax VI, the only English titled nobleman ever to live permanently in the American colonies, will “visit” parks along the Discovery Trail throughout the summer. Participants who spot him are encouraged to take a selfie with him and post it to Instagram: #WhereIsLordFairfax. From the photos posted, judges will select one winner each week to receive a choice of two RECenter passes or two mini golf passes valid at any FCPA RECenter or mini golf course. Check the Park Authority’s Facebook page for weekly clues about where to find Lord Fairfax VI.

Discovery Trail Maps are available at any staffed Fairfax County park, RECenter, nature center, historic site and golf course; any Fairfax County Public Library; and all five Northern Virginia Spokes, Etc. stores while supply lasts. Maps are also available online at Discovery Trail Map. Instructions for participating in the activity are included on the map. The promotion runs from Saturday, May 27 through Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.

Parents/guardians of youth bike winners and one adult bike winner will be notified by e-mail and/or phone. Bike winners will be publicly announced in September. For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

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