Bull Run - Occoquan Trail

Type: Greenway
Length: 18.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Wildlife Observation
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Bull Run, Hemlock Overlook, Bull Run Marina, and Fountainhead Regional Parks, Follows north shore of Occoquon River from Fountainhead Park to Bull Run Regional Park.

States: Virginia
Counties: Fairfax
Latitude: 38.70772   Longitude: -77.30038

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The 5,000 acres of the Occoquan shoreline parklands, though which the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail passes, offer more than recreation. A valuable conservation area where upland forests and wetlands are being preserved and wildlife protected, it shelters a profusion of birds-blue heron, osprey, bald eagles, neo-tropical songbirds, resident and migrating waterfowl-and other native wildlife: white tailed deer, wild turkey, beaver, fox and raccoon. Turtles, fish and retiles inhabit the freshwater tributaries feeding Bull Run and the Occoquan Reservoir, along which the largest grouping of Virginia Bluebells in the state, flower profusely in spring. Since 1967, this 18 mile, natural surface trail along the Bull Run-Occoquan stream valley has offered hikers and equestrians a variety of challenges as it rises and falls following the blazed route, accessing four Regional Parks-each with an internal system of trails and recreational facilities. The Bull Run-Occoquan Trail, in its entirety, is currently under development as a Virginia Civil War Trail, to interpret the numerous events in this region associated with that significant period in history. Maintenance of the trail is provided through a partnership between the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC), REI outfitters, the Clifton Horse Society, local Scout troops and other community volunteers.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted
Water, moving
Water, still

Average Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 125
Elevation High Point: 334
Year Designated: 2006

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Rodney Pryor
N. Virginia Regional Park Authority
5400 Ox Road
Fairfax Station , VA 22039
(703) 359-4613

Information Contact:
Mark Riddell
N. Virginia Regional Park Authority
5400 Ox Road
Fairfax Station , VA 22039
(703) 359-4603



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