Oakton is part of the Fairfax County School District, one of the most respected in the nation. The district features 132 elementary schools, 23 middle schools and 23 high schools. There are several colleges and universities in the county including George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College (with five locations), satellite campuses of the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
The Northern Virginia area provides its residents with a wide assortment of activities and destinations. There are numerous world-class golf courses, country clubs, parks, nature preserves, recreation centers and sports facilities, including Great Falls National Park, Riverbend Park and Nature Center, Scotts Run Nature Preserve, Lake Fairfax and Burke Lake Parks, Oak Marr Recreation Center, and Meadowlark Gardens.
Great Falls National Park, a site that is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, is an 800-acre park located along the Potomac River 14 miles upriver from Washington, D.C. The park is known for two things, its scenic beauty at the head of Potomac River fall line and the historic Patowmack Canal. In 1785, George Washington formed the Patowmack Company to build a canal and locks for navigation around the falls to facilitate commerce to the Ohio country frontier. The park offers 15 miles of trails, five of which are multiple-use trails that include opportunities for mountain biking and horseback riding. At its Great Falls, the Potomac River plunges 76 feet through a deep gorge.
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