For the location of the
parking area for Thaiss Park click here for a link to Google Maps. For the location of the
Eakins Park parking area click here.
This section of the Cross County Trail is ideal for both
walkers and bicyclist of all ages. It is flat, mostly shade, hard surfaced,
and has only one road crossing. It is wheelchair accessible at all points
with parking available at both ends. The next sections going east or south
are similar until reaching Route 236.
This section of the trail is described as east or west
although the general direction of the whole trail is north and south. Going east
you will be traveling toward the Occoquan River. Going west will eventually take
you to Great Falls Park.
- (East) The walk starts from the parking area at
Thaiss Park on Pickett Road. Walkers from the previous section of the trail
along Pickett Road should follow the access road into the parking lot and walk
through the lot to the asphalt trail on the northern end of the lot. Turn
right to follow the trail through a short wooded section away from Pickett
(West) This section of the walk ends at the parking area for
Thaiss Park adjacent to Pickett Road. Walkers wishing to continue onto the
next section should leave the parking lot on the access road to Pickett Road
and turn right to follow the sidewalk along that road.
- (East)(West) This is a short section of trail
exposed to full sun.
- (East)(West) The trail crosses a bridge over
- (East) Shortly after crossing the bridge a trail
intersects. Turn right onto the intersecting trail. The surface changes from
asphalt to stone.
(West) A trail intersects from the left. Turn left
to follow that trail. The surface changes from stone to asphalt. There will be
a bridge crossing in a short distance. It is easy to miss the turn here as the
CCT appears to go straight.
- (East)(West) The trail crosses a bridge over Bear
Branch. There are private tennis courts on the east side of the bridge.
- (East)(West) The trail crosses Barklay Drive. This
road is lightly traveled and there is a speed bump here.
- (East)(West) The trail crosses a bridge over Long
- (East) This section of the walk ends at Prosperity
Avenue. To continue on the next section of the trail continue on the trail on
the other side of the road.
(West) The walk starts on the trail
across from the parking area for Eakins Park on Prosperity Avenue. Walkers
from the previous section should cross Prosperity Avenue. The trail enters a
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