Bull Run - Occoquan Trail

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Trail Distance: 19.7 miles
Time Estimate: 7 hr 20 min +
Elevation Gain: 209 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: $8
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description

Spend a day hiking through history on the Bull Run Occoquan Trail. This natural surface pathway follows the Occoquan River from Bull Run Regional Park to Fountainhead Regional Park. Travel through a mature forest that includes hemlock, beech, pine, oak, maple, and more. On your way, you'll see a variety of wildlife in the protected watershed area. The route includes stream crossings and some steep hills. Expect to get a workout when you visit. If you live in the NOVA Parks jurisdiction, parking is free. Otherwise, there's an $8 fee for day use.

The north trailhead for this pathway is near the campground in Bull Run Regional Park. Follow the path as it winds along the shoreline of Bull Run. The furrific route cuts through four area parks as it tracks up and down over ridges, on a mile-long boardwalk, and over a platform bridge. There are historical landmarks and interpretive signs along the way to point out historic sites dating back to the Civil War. Look for blue heron, white-tail deer, hawks, bullfrogs, painted box turtles, and more during your trek.

You and Spot can explore this trail if your buddy is on a lead. There are some long stretches between potable water sources. Bring refreshments and snacks with you for your hike. Remember to pack in and pack out any waste so that you leave no trace other than footprints in this natural area.

The Bull Run Occoquan Trail is a pawmazing course that's sure to challenge you and your four-footed friend. You'll hike over hills and along the stream as you follow the blazed pathway. Along the way, there's a cemetery, a strategic Civil War crossing point for both armies, and part of a wagon trail used during the Revolutionary War. In addition to living history, the protected watershed hosts a variety of wildlife and some beautiful wildflowers. 

Trail Features
Forest, Wetland, Muddy, River
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers
Cautions & Considerations
There are mosquitos and ticks in this area, so wear repellent. It can get muddy here in the late winter and spring. Wear good hiking boots.
Address
7700 Bull Run Dr
Centreville, VA 20121
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Address
7700 Bull Run Dr
Centreville, VA 20121
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset