The Cross County Trail is a treasure trove for hikers in the Northern Virginia / Washington DC area, stretching 40 miles across the county from banks of the Potomac River in Great Falls to Occoquan Regional Park, at the mouth of the Occoquan River near Woodbridge. It is well marked throughout, and it’s easy to select a section for a walk, even if you have only a few hours to spare.
Saturday’s walk took us from Wakefield Park, near Braddock Road and I-495, to Lake Accotink Park, and back. Both parks have the facilities (parking, restrooms, drinking fountains) to make assembling a walking group a breeze. Walking south, once we crossed Braddock Road the traffic noise and bustle quickly faded away, leaving us in the woods on a quiet, sunny day.