E. C. Lawrence Woodland Trail

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E. C. Lawrence Woodland Trail is a 1.1 mile loop trail located near Centreville Farms, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles
32 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running




In 2004, the Fairfax County Park Authority created a stone dust trail that runs south from Walney Park Rd to Henry Pond Ct. The main purpose of this trail was to provide an easy way for park management to monitor potential damage to a historic stone wall that runs the length of the property, but it was also intended to remain open for public use. In the late summer of 2004, somebody (possibly from one of the adjoining neighborhoods) cleared a trail through a beautiful section of woods, adjoining the existing maintenance trail. In doing so, they damaged a section of the wall. Though park management was not pleased with this action (which, technically, was at best vandalism), they recognized the desire for people to have a quiet path through the woods.  About a year later, the FCPA closed off a couple of sections, but then significantly extended the trail in a much wider loop to the north. It's been fairly well maintained ever since, with occasional trimming of plants, clearing of fallen trees, and surfacing with mulch. Additionally, 4 benches (or so) have been placed along the length of the trail. If you visit, please enjoy the views, but don't damage the stone wall or venture too far off the trail. Wildlife seen in this section of the woods include squirrels, deer, foxes, skunks, turkey, and (possibly) even coyotes! Enjoy!

1 month ago

As of September 2017 trail has been rerouted due to downed trees. A pleasant easy walk with moderate use by other walkers. Starts out at a fun nature/historic center with lots of picnic tables.

10 months ago

As the title suggests, this is a trail through the woods. Nothing too exciting, but there were enough "treasures" to keep my two-year-old happy. You should know there is a lot of tall grass to wade through.