Walks At A Glance

A brief overview of some of the walks available in the county.

Lord Fairfax Community College Connector Trail and the Stafford Farm Trail Lord Fairfax Community Connector/Stafford Farm Trail
2.9 Miles The Lord Fairfax Community College Connector Trail and the Stafford Farm Trail are connected and it makes sense to do them both at once. This level walk is an out and back trip of about 3 miles taking in a nice meandering course between corn fields and wetlands, skirting under a copse of trees, fording a ‘hardened’ cattle crossing, and examining a barn and silo at the experimental farm. At the far end, there is another kiosk and a small parking area. From this unassuming nexus will presently extend the Warrenton Greenway. There are pretty flowers, mysterious cord fields, wetland vegetation, and wildlife.
Whitney State Forest Whitney State Forest
2.3 Miles Convenient 148 acre forest park located just 2 miles from Warrenton popular with walkers, mountain bikers and equestrians. A chance to explore nearly 7 miles of trails, look at the ruins of a colonial era house and sneak a peek at the grand working horse estate of North Wales. Naturalists will appreciate a variety of native trees, regenerating forests, and the occasional fox spotting. The open meadows and wildflowers are spectacular in the summer and the trees are gorgeous in the fall.
Warrenton Greenway Warrenton Greenway
2.96 Miles A pleasant and popular walk along an old railway spur through Warrenton a distance of 3 miles out and back. The grade is gentle and there are several interesting bridges, a restored caboose, an old turntable pit, benches, and pre-civil war culverts. Easy detours to the shops and restaurants of historic downtown Warrenton make a pleasant way to walk off lunch, or sharpen the appetite for some shopping. Of interest for history and railroad enthusiasts, as well as bikers, joggers and roller-bladers.
Wildcat Mountain Wildcat Mountain
2.9 Miles Note: As of 3/17, this trail is no longer open to the public.

A steep switchback trail up the side of the mountain gains you 500 ft. and access to this 655 acre nature preserve. Moss covered stone walls meander under old growth oak and hickory forests marking forgotten homesteads from the times of George Washington. The ruins of the Enoch Smith house stand near one of the oldest wagon roads in Virginia. The mountain lions are gone but keep your eyes open for bobcats, foxes, and the occasional black bear.

Sky Meadows Sky Meadows State Park
5.03 Miles Sky Meadows offers some of the most beautiful walking that Fauquier has to offer in the highlands of the northwest, near the picturesque town of Paris. This 5.9 mile trail starts on the historical working farm of Bleak House, wanders down an old mill road, past the overgrown ruins of Snowden Manor, to high meadows along the Appalachian Trail, and down bald grassy hillsides reminiscent of the fells of England. All the while the green rolling hills of Crooked Run Valley reveal themselves beneath breeze born clouds far beyond routine worries and cares.
White's Mill White's Mill
1.9 Miles The White’s Mill trail winds through a 70 acre stream valley area near the site of an 18th century mill. Roughly following Cedar Run, the ‘T’ shaped trail provides access to the wetlands between the housing development and I28. There are many birds, plants and flowers to spy on this pleasant paved trail as well as some picturesque bridges.
Thompson Wildlife Management Trails
Varies 4000 acres of Game Department land used for hunting, fishing and hiking just south of Sky Meadows. Starting at several low lying lakes, trails climb up to 2000 feet in ridges to run along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains including a section of the Appalachian Trail. Known for its displays of wildflowers, especially the large flowered trillium and hawk population, the Thompson WMA area has multiple access points and many trail routes.
Northern Fauquier Community Park
1.75 Miles 88 acre Community park with 8 playing fields, concession stands, amphitheater, multiple playgrounds and lake to fish in. 1.75 mile paved walking trails winds between ball fields and playground and around part of pretty lake. Good for teaching the kids to ride a bike or roller skating.
Bull's Run Bull Run Mountain State Natural Area
Varies Bull Run Natural Area is an 800 acre preserve on clinging to the side of the Bull Run Mountains where they are split by Thoroughfare Gap and I66. There are multiple trail routes through the woods and, although the popular overlook at High Point Cliff area is currently closed, there is plenty of interest in the colossal ruin of haunted 1742 Beverly Mill, the Chapman house and graveyard, and echoes of the civil war skirmishes where Union and Confederate soldiers chased each other up and down the ridges, maneuvering for advantage.
WARF Warrenton Aquatic and Recreational Facility
Varies Similar to the Northern Fauquier Community Park, the WARF has a series of mostly flat trails winding around the central swimming complex, a playground, the small but spunky Lake Denny (is the fence to keep children out, or keep something in?!), and multiple soccer fields.  A climb to the top of the single hill reveals a pleasing view of west Warrenton. 
CM Crockett Park - Four Seasons Nature Trail and Blue Bird Cross Country Trail
1 - 1.5 Miles 100 acre park next to a 110 acre lake built by flooding the old Germantown quarry that served this first town in Fauquier County. The town established here in 1718 has vanished but the park is a favorite for picnics, playgrounds, walking and fishing.
JohnMarshallthumb John Marshall Birthplace Park
1.3 Mile The famous Chief Justice was born somewhere near this strangely compelling stone pyramid erected at the end of the half mile grassy trail in Fauquier’s first public park. The trail winds along a creek between two working farms in bucolic Midland to the marker and a picnic site. See if you can find the “Ford in the stream”.