Adjacent to, and north of the Paul Spring Parkway (in Hollin Hall) is the wooded
area that surrounds the Paul Springs Branch Stream. The woods are made of
property parcels, some of which belong to the Fairfax County Park Authority
while others are privately owned. [see below]
There is a well-used path through the
woods between Jackson Road (south side) and Evening Lane (Sherwood
Ln side). This path provides a significant 'short cut' compared to
using the next closest two paths. Fort Hunt Rd (See red hatch line
on map) or a trail at Candlewood & Bayberry Dr).
While well used the path has some problems.
For many years there was a small
footbridge that connected the path at the stream. It was made of two
telephone poles with wood slates. A few years ago the bridged was
washout by flooding. At the time the area was experiencing drought
and it was easy to cross the stream at most times. With the
return of a regular rain pattern had a bit more rain, making crossing
is now a potential wet foot
The location where the path intersects the stream is on FCPA property but the most used north entrance point appears to cross private property.
Looking toward Evening &
Midday Ln (Steam at
Pedestrian crossing via small rocks
Entering from Paul Spring Pkwy