Do You Know Your Fairfax County Geography?

Image8aGPS spoils us. Then again, Americans have a long-established reputation for being poor at geography. A 2015 federal report says most eighth-grade students do not demonstrate “solid competence in the subject.” In a 2006 National Geographic study, more than one-third of Americans couldn’t find Louisiana or Mississippi on a map.

So, how’s your knowledge of geography in your backyard? It should be strong. After all, there’s a historical marker honoring the U.S. Army Map Service for its huge contribution to the development of GPS at Turner Farm, right here in Fairfax County. So take the quiz. We’ve added a little history, too, just for fun. Some of the links provide hints.

How much do you know about Fairfax County?

A. Scott’s Run flows into what body of water at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve?Img2873

  1. Chesapeake Bay
  2. Occoquan River
  3. Potomac River
  4. Burke Lake

B. Which park was the site of the only major Civil War battle that took place in Fairfax County?

  1. Sully Historic Site
  2. Ox Hill
  3. Lane’s Mill
  4. Fort Hunt

C. Which of these historic structures is celebrating its 40th year on the National Register of Historic Places this year?

  1. Sully Historic Site
  2. Dranesville Tavern
  3. Historic Huntley
  4. Colvin Run Mill

D. What county pathway can you travel by bike or foot through varied terrain for more than 40 miles from the Potomac River to the Occoquan River?

  1. Capital Beltway
  2. Cross County Trail
  3. Fairfax County Parkway
  4. W&OD railroad trail

E. Where is the highest elevation in Fairfax County?

  1. I-66 Transfer Station
  2. Mount Air
  3. Mercer Lake
  4. Dulles International Airport

F. Who lived at Sully Historic Site? Sully_060217_0102

  1. George Washington, president
  2. Thomas Jefferson, president
  3. George Mason, author, Virginia Declaration of Rights
  4. Richard Bland Lee, congressman

G. What is the largest watershed in Fairfax County?

  1. Pohick Creek
  2. Difficult Run
  3. Scott’s Run
  4. Four Mile Run

H. What is the longest stream in the county?

  1. Occoquan River
  2. Accotink Creek
  3. Difficult Run
  4. Scott’s Run

I. Which of these parks abuts the Potomac River?Survival Badge_0011

  1. Hidden Pond Nature Center
  2. Clemyjontri Park
  3. Green Spring Gardens
  4. Riverbend Park

J. What is the largest lake in the county?

  1. Burke Lake
  2. Lake Fairfax
  3. Lake Accotink
  4. Twin Lakes

 

ANSWERS

(Click the links for more information)

A. 3  Scott’s Run empties into the Potomac River just downstream from Great Falls Park.

B. 2  The Battle of Ox Hill took place September 1, 1862.

C.  4  A little tricky. All four are on the National Register. Colvin Run Mill is celebrating its 40th year on the list in 2017.

D. 2  The Cross County Trail crosses the county.

E. 1  The highest natural elevation in Fairfax County is 566.9 feet above sea level at the I-66 Landfill, 4618 West Ox Road. The lowest elevation is slightly above sea level along the county’s tidal shoreline.

F. 4  Richard Bland Lee, who was General Robert E. Lee’s uncle and Northern Virginia’s first representative to Congress.

G. 2  At 57.7 square miles, Difficult Run is the largest watershed in the county. It stretches from near Wolf Trap Farm Park to the southeast corner of Great Falls Park, where Difficult Run flows into the Potomac River.

H. 2  Accotink Creek stretches from the City of Fairfax to Gunston Cove in the Poto mac River.

I. 4  The well-named Riverbend Park sits on a large bend of the Potomac River.

J.  Burke Lake, at 218 acres, is the largest lake in the county.

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About Fairfax County Park Authority

HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 11 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2008. Another Park Bond Referendum will be held in November 2012. Today, the Park Authority has 420 parks on approximately 23,168 acres of land. We offer 371 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park System is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: o Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist. o Eight golf courses including Laurel Hill, our newest, upscale course and clubhouse located in Southern Fairfax County o Five nature and visitor centers. Also seven Off-Leash Dog Activity areas o Several lakes including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax o The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter o Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel o An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter o Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel o Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent o A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly o A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale o Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community o Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center o Provides 274 athletic fields, including 30 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 500 school athletic fields PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: • A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/social-hub/ for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

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