The Pimmit Run Trail follows the Pimmit Run stream valley about 8 miles from Chain Bridge in Arlington to Olney Park in Pimmit Hills. The trail crosses Pimmit Run seven times using volunteer-built stepping stone crossings. There is abundant wildlife in the stream valley–deer, fox, raccoon, coyotes, beaver, blue heron, pileated woodpeckers, ducks and other birds. The stream features smallmouth bass, perch and eel. Wildflowers can be beautiful along the stream valley if you know where to look–bloodroot, yellow trout lily, mayapple, joe pye weed, elderberry, etc.
We’ll be hiking the upstream portion of the trail starting from Olney Park.
The route: From the parking lot, we’ll walk southeast through Olney Park to Pimmit Run and follow Pimmit Run Stream Valley Trail downstream about 2.5 miles and return, for a total of 5 miles. The walk should take about 2 hours with breaks.
How to get there: From I-495, take exit 47B for VA-7 E/Leesburg Pike toward Falls Church. Turn right onto VA-7 E/Leesburg Pike. Take the first left onto County Rd 650/Lisle Avenue/Magarity Road and continue to follow Lisle Avenue. Turn right onto Sportsman Drive, and another right onto Olney Road. The parking lot is at the end of the street.
Metro Riders: From West Falls Church Metro Station, walk to West Falls Church Station & Bus Bay C and board Bus 3T towards Tysons Corner. From the Griffith Road & Friden Drive stop, walk about a half mile northeast along Friden Drive to enter Olney Park from the southwest.
How to find us: We will meet in the parking lot on the north side of Olney Park.
What to bring: Water and comfy walking shoes. Dogs are allowed (leashes, please).
Administrative stuff: There is a restroom and a drinking fountain at Olney Park.
After the walk: There are lots of restaurants for a get together afterwards around Idylwood Plaza/Tysons Station, near the intersection of Pimmit Drive and VA-7/Leesburg Pike. Four have Zagat ratings:
Ledo Pizza, 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA, http://ledopizza.com/ Jason's Deli, 7505 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA, http://tinyurl.com/c4c2son Idylwood Grill, 2190 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church, V, http://idylwoodgrill.com/ Tara Thai, 7501 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA, http://tarathaifallschurch.com/index.htm Notes:
Directions to Olney Park: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/maps/olneyparkmap.htm Fairfax Trails & Streams: http://www.fairfaxtrails.org/ Pimmit Run brochure (pdf): http://www.fairfaxtrails.org/pimmit/110707Legal_brochures_updown.pdf