North End of Grey Squirrel Lane off Walnut Branch Rd
11950 Walnut Branch Rd, Reston - About 1/8 East of Fairfax County Parkway
|Distance: Measured 6.0 Miles|
|Maps : Start / Street|
- Take the path on the left side of the swimming pool. Follow the path along the swimming pool fence toward the back of the pool.
- The path enters a petroleum pipeline right of way and proceeds up the hill.
- Near the top of the hill, turn left at the "T" intersection, going into the woods.
- Soon after passing a day care center on the right, cross Lake Newport Road toward Armstrong School.
- Turn right on path along Lake Newport Road.
- Pass a path on the left going into the woods. Continue up the hill on the path along Lake Newport Road.
- After crossing Elk Point Drive, turn left onto the trail along the pipeline. Note the houses in the distance. You will be turning just prior to those houses.
- Do not turn right onto any of the narrow paths along the pipeline. Take the trail to the right at Marker 18, the trail enters the woods going uphill.
- Near the top of the hill a path branches to the left. Continue on the path to the right.
- The trail intersects with a trail along Reston Parkway. Take the trail to the right following Reston Parkway South.
- Follow path to North Point Village Center.
- Cross Reston Parkway at Center Harbor Road and walk along Center Harbor Road.
- Turn left on North Village Road.
- Take path to right of St. Johns Wood sign.
- At the picnic pavilion bear right to follow the asphalt path across North Village Road.
- Turn left on asphalt path on the east side of North Village Road. Stay on the main path and ignore narrow asphalt paths on right.
- At T intersection turn left to continue following North Village Road.
- Turn right onto the next path just prior to stone wall and creek crossing.
- After going under Wiehle Avenue, turn left onto the connecting ramp.
- Follow the path in the same direction as the ramp along Wiehle Avenue.
- At the next intersection (Weatherstone Ct) turn right onto the sidewalk.
- Follow the sidewalk to the play area. Turn right onto the wide asphalt path just past the play area and proceed down the hill to Bright Pond.
- Turn left onto natural trail/cleared area to walk around Bright Pond. (If this is muddy you can walk directly across the dam on an asphalt path and continue straight on path, picking up direction #16.)
- Turn right on asphalt path to continue around pond.
- Turn left at path intersection to take continuation of path that crossed the dam. Walk between houses.
- Turn right on Bright Pond Road and follow the sidewalk along the road.
- Turn right on path just before private drive at the end of Bright Pond Road.
- Follow the path to the right and back up the hill, crossing another dam which is not in use.
- Turn left onto the asphalt path at the end of the dam and head toward the woods. There will be houses on your right.
- Stay on main path as it curves through the woods. Ignore narrow path on right.
- Cross Center Harbor Road and turn right to stay on the asphalt path along Center Harbor.
- Cross Wiehle Ave. Continue on path along Center Harbor Road. Do not walk in street.
- Cross North Village Road and turn left. Follow path along North Village Road.
- Turn right on Lake Newport Road.
- Cross Reston Parkway.
- Turn left and continue south on Reston Parkway. Soccer field and parking lot will be on your right.
- Cross Bennington Woods Road. A row of evergreens screens the houses on your right.
- When the evergreens end turn right onto the asphalt path between the field and the homes. It's soon after a fire hydrant.
- The baseball field ends and the area on the left becomes wooded. Continue on the path through the woods and do not take the side path on the left.
- Take the crosswalk across Bennington Woods Road. Turn right and take the crosswalk across Walnut Branch Road. Turn left and walk west on the asphalt path along Walnut Branch Road.
- Turn right onto the path at Grey Squirrel Lane and the entrance to Autumnwood Recreation Area. The path leads you back to the pool parking lot.
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