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How it Works

The hunt kicked-off June 15, 2024! Puzzles are available to download by going to Scroll down and click on the green Puzzles button to start solving or click here. If you don't have a printer, Fairfax County Libraries offer printing for 15 cents a page. Or you can go to your local schools to get them printed.

With a group of friends or family, solve the puzzles at your own pace. Enter each puzzle answer on the puzzle pages. Each individual puzzle will lead you to a park's address in Fairfax County where you will find a clue (the dot on the map for the park is not meant to be the exact location within the park). When you get to the park, hunt for a sign with a blue word on it (sample below). These are clues for each region's final puzzle and the hunt's meta-puzzle. Each region will have five clues for a final puzzle. The signs will not be hidden or buried and are on public land within Fairfax County. You will not need to damage anything to find them. Write down the clue (word) you need and leave the signs for future solvers. Put together the clues found at each location and figure out the final answer. If you solve all the regions, there is one meta-puzzle that uses all the final puzzle answers and clues.

As you solve and discover, take photos and share using #fcpspuzzlehunt and tag us @solvingfun @fcpsva @fairfaxparks

Need help finding the parks? Search for Fairfax County Park Authority locations Park Amenity Locator | Park Authority (


At the end of the hunt, submit your answers for a chance to win a prize! In order to submit your entry, fill out the form June 15 - September 15, 2024. It is free to enter. One entry per person. All winners will be notified around October 1, 2024. Each participant to complete a region's final puzzle will receive a certificate. For the participants that complete the entire hunt, all 6 regions and the meta puzzle, there will also be a drawing for 3 grand prize packages from Fairfax County Public Schools Safe Routes to School, Solving Fun, and Fairfax County Parks.

Collectible Fairfax County Puzzle Hunt Poster

Explore our beautiful parks with your very own Collectible Fairfax County Puzzle Hunt Map! Grab your FREE poster to keep track of the parks you discover. Posters will be available at the schools listed below. Check summer hours before you go. Be quick—the first lucky adventurers will get their hands on one before they run out. Once they're gone, don't worry! You can click the image below to download your poster.

Pick up locations:

Be sure to check summer hours

Region 1

Marshall Road Elementary School

Spring Hill Elementary School

Lake Anne Elementary School

Region 2

Kent Gardens Elementary School

Fairhill Elementary School

Sleepy Hollow Elementary School

Region 3

Woodlawn Elementary School

Hollin Meadow Elementary School

Bush Hill Elementary School

Region 4

Centre Ridge Elementary School

White Oaks Elementary School

Silverbrook Elementary School

Region 5

Westbriar Elementary School

Olde Creek Elementary School

Cub Run Elementary School

Region 6

Annandale Terrace Elementary School

Saratoga Elementary School

Lane Elementary School

Safety Reminders

The Solving Fun Puzzle Pals and Fairfax County Public Schools want all of our community members to be safe and have fun. Be mindful of all laws and safety regulations as you explore our county. Clues are posted in visible areas and on public property. If you experience an emergency, call 911.

Safety Tips

While exploring the wonderful parks of Fairfax County, here are some helpful tips to keep you safe.

• Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.

• Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.

• Be aware of your surroundings. Things happen unexpectedly.

• Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for drivers in all directions, including those turning.

• Watch for drivers entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.

• When possible, walk with a parent, sibling, or a group of friends.

• Stay off your phone and other electronic devices that may distract you.

• Wear a helmet when riding, bike in the direction of traffic.

• Be sure to follow trail rules when at parks.

• Visit parks during the day and with pals.

Before riding, check your ABCs and helmet.

A reminder to play it safe while it's hot out there, here are some helpful tips.

Fairfax County Map

We hope you love our Puzzle Hunts. If you are having fun solving, check out our other puzzle products or email us to create a custom hunt for you. 

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