Northern Virginia Explorations

I hike through a creepy Manassas VA area park on a very warm Christmas morning in 2015. Below.....


Me, the Camo Pants Hiker, hikes an abandoned road bed in the Reston-Vienna area of Fairfax County VA on a warm November 27, 2015. It was called the "Bad Road" and it ran more than a mile from Stuart Mill Road to Lawyers Road, in along the Little Difficult Run creek in the 1800s. But today it's woods with a hiking/horse trail. Below.....


Me, the Camo Pants Hiker, hikes with Northern Virginia historian Jim Lewis and my friend Pete Fox looking for the old bed of Lawyers Road in between Vienna and Reston. On May 22, 2015, we discover the old road ford and evidence of an old mill and its mill race. Plus, the eastern extension of Stuart Mill Road, which linked to the old Lawyers Road, in the Polo Pointe Drive neighborhood. Below.....


Me, your Camo Pants Hiker, and Pete take a look at what's probably an old 1940s home of noted American media personality Arthur Godfrey off Hunter Mill Road in the Reston-Vienna Virginia area on April 15, 2015. Below.....


Back in the 1940s, there were two murders at the Green Forest Nudist Colony in a heavily wooded area off Lawyers Road in what is now Reston VA. I explore the property some six decades later to see if there are any signs of the old camp and the infamous incident. In this edition of Camo Pants Hiker. Below.....


Me, the Camo Pants Hiker, treks to the Gabrielson Gardens Park in Oakton VA, just off the Cross County Trail, and discovers the abandoned "secret pond," which is surrounded by bamboo. On a very warm December 1, 2014. Below.....


Using several previous hikes and some old maps, I take a look at what remains of the old "Bad Road" bed from Stuart Mill Road in Oakton to the current Lawyers Road near Vienna. Hiking just south of Reston in 2014 and 2015, I look at where Bad Road once ran more than 100 years ago, including past a Northern Virginia mill that dates back to the 1700s. More: This video was an experiment. I did mistakenly refer to the road bed as being an extension of the current Lawyers Road. While the old road from Stuart Mill did connect with Lawyers, I'm told that it should actually be referred to as "Bad Road." Below.....


There's a cool park in the middle of Reston VA that almost no one who lives there knows about. The nameless chunk of land with no signage is off the Washington & Old Dominion Trail but is largely hidden from it and any major roads, including the nearby Sunset Hills Road. But it's a beautifully landscaped oasis - with lakes, fountains, and literary sculpture - among the standard office parks and shopping centers of urban suburbia. Me, the Camo Pants Hiker, takes a tour of this hidden gem on a beautiful July day in 2015. Below.....


My friend Pete spied a rib cage behind a shopping center in Great Falls VA and with me, the Camo Pants Hiker, we go to investigate. It's a big carcass. Could it be a bear? Or something else? Watch and discover in this April 2015 video. Below.....


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