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Four Mile Run

Virginia Tributary

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This 9.4 mile-long tributary starts near Interstate 66 in Fairfax County and r uns through Falls Church and Arlington before reaching the Potomac. The creek is paralleled by two trails: the Four Mile Run Trail and the W and OD Railroad Trail.

Four Mile Run has a long history, going back to colonial days when George Washington owned property along with several other mill owners. The stream is located on the fall line and provided an ideal location for grinding corn and wheat. It is also prone to flooding, and suffered a serious flood in 1972 after Tropical Storm Agnes came through the Potomac valley. The U..S. Army Corps of Engineers have constructed flood control structures along the banks of the creek, and the county has proposed purchasing homes along the banks.

In recent years, there have been efforts to restore areas within the flood control channel. Arlington and Alexandria have created a joint venture to restore 2.3 miles of the highly degraded stream and create some tidal wetlands.

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Arlington County Government

Arlington VA