At the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fauquier County is traditionally celebrated for its equestrian customs, winery trail and horse farms. However, one of the county’s best-kept secrets is its outdoor parks, nature trails, recreational facilities and programs that offer residents and visitors an assortment of activities and leisure experiences through parks and recreation-Fauquier County.
Whether you want to connect with nature on a quiet retreat, hike along one of the greenway trails through breathtaking woodlands, participate in a family-friendly game on one of the multi-purpose playing fields or just want to cool off under the water-drop mushroom at community pool, Fauquier County Parks and Recreation offers something for everyone.
Fauquier County Parks and Recreation has community centers, parks, historical sites, museums, and a nature preserve that host family and individual activities throughout the year. Instructional programs, summer and school break camps, and trips offer residents from infants to seniors a multitude of activities in which to participate. Most of the experiences and offerings are free to the public, but for those residents who are unable to afford programs with a fee, financial assistance is available.
Residents and guests may enjoy special events throughout the year, offering unique experiences for the whole family, including the family dog! The Winter Holiday season brings the Annual Santa at The Caboose and Noon Year’s Eve events. Springtime features the Kids & K9s Eggstravaganza and the Children’s Festival. During the fall, Family Fun Day offers diverse experiences that revolve around having fun!
If you are still left looking for something to do after these events, then adventure into sailing, kayaking, canoeing, fly fishing, trout fishing and turtle time. Fauquier County Parks and Recreation offers a variety of activities on lakes and rivers, with the opportunity to rent canoes, pedal boats, water bikes, sailboats and electric trolling motorboats.
Environmental and historical education programs enhance visits to our parks and historical sites. When you leave the water, take some leisure time to enjoy rental shelters or picnic grounds to play some volleyball or horseshoes. Bring binoculars to enjoy wildlife or bird watching and a compass to participate in one of the orienteering courses.
For more information, contact Fauquier Parks and Recreation at: www.fauquiercounty.gov
By Judy Evans