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The Browns Mill/Beulah Loop Trail

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Fairfax County's larger parks have well-known scenic loop trails, but other such loops are "hidden gems". In a series of photo albums we'll post some of our favorites.

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Much of the 1.75-mile CCT/Browns Mill/Beulah Loop is along roads--usually what we try to avoid or minimize at Fairfax Trails & Streams. But along the "starred" sections the trail is well-separated from the road, and the traffic is relatively light if you avoid rush hour.

First photo shows wonderful Christmas decorations along the trail near Beulah Road's big bend.

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The next 10 photos are snapshots from a video (we'll post it separately) ending at the corner of Browns Mill at Beulah.

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The next six photos are of the Browns Mill trail ending with its intersection with the Cross County Trail. The last photo shows the CCT ford over Difficult Run at Browns Mill on Christmas Eve, when floodwaters covered the lowest boulder.

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William P. Niedringhaus was the first to envision the Fairfax Cross County Trail (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/cct/). He led several Cross-County Hikes from Lorton to Great Falls in 1998-2001 to promote the idea. The trail officially opened in 2007. Bill won an Elie Doyle award in 2001 for Cross-County Trail advocacy and shared one in 2007 with five others (including PHTA board member Robin Rentsch). He is currently president of the PHTA and Fairfax Trails and Streams. Bill designs, builds and maintains many miles of trails.

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    George Friday, 24 February 2017

    I've often wondered if there is a decent walk around there. Walking in the road on Days Farm Drive is less than ideal though. Thanks

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