Fraser Preserve

Great Falls, Virginia 22066

Fraser Preserve

Fraser Preserve Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Fraser Preserve is a private nature sanctuary in the northwestern corner of Fairfax County, close to the Potomac River. It’s open to the public and is a delightful and secluded place to hike. Fraser Preserve is a 220-acre tract of rolling woodlands and floodplain some 14 miles northwest of Washington. Formerly a Washington family’s summer refuge, the property was bequeathed to the Nature Conservancy in 1975 by Bernice Fraser.

This hike is a 2.7-mile balloon loop on reasonably well-maintained trails, with about 400 feet of elevation change. To get started, park in the gravel lot on Springvale Road. Walk through the gate on the gravel trail/road into the preserve (watch out for the occasional school bus or other vehicle that has permission to drive into the park). Dogs are not permitted."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Washington, D.C. (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Stephen Mauro and Beth Homicz
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"Lovely and peaceful, this secluded and somewhat hilly woodland escape rewards hikers with a plethora of wildflowers, a rushing clear stream, a cold-spring-fed marsh, and the chance to tread upon land long revered and inhabited by American Indians and later owned and farmed by Virginia gentry." Read more

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Trail Information

Great Falls
Nearby City
2.7 miles
Distance
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round, sunrise–sunset
Season
Birding
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
National Conservancy, tinyurl.com/fraserpreserve; Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, 703-273-0905, novaparks.com
Local Contacts
Sketch map at kiosk; tinyurl.com/fptrailmap. You can download an audio tour map at tinyurl.com/fpaudiotourmap
Local Maps
Woodlands, camp, pool, wetlands
Attractions