Bull Run–Occoquan Trail

Clifton, Virginia

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The 18-mile trail winds through four adjoining parks in south western Fairfax County, Virginia, providing a picturesque hike. The 5-mile stretch described here, starting at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, is one of the prettiest sections as it runs close to the Occoquan Reservoir. Located about 25 miles southwest of the city, the trail is the only one in the area on which you can hike in roughly the same direction for 18 miles in a rural setting. That will take you from Bull Run Regional Park to Fountainhead Regional Park. For a shorter hike, you can do an out-and-back hike from any of the four parks along the way.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

The 18-mile trail winds through four adjoining parks in south western Fairfax County, Virginia, providing a picturesque hike. The 5-mile stretch described here, starting at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, is one of the prettiest sections as it runs close to the Occoquan Reservoir.

Located about 25 miles southwest of the city, the trail is the only one in the area on which you can hike in roughly the same direction for 18 miles in a rural setting. That will take you from Bull Run Regional Park to Fountainhead Regional Park. For a shorter hike, you can do an out-and-back hike from any of the four parks along the way.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Clifton
Distance: 5 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, 703-352-5900, novaparks.com
Local Maps: Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, novaparks.com
Driving Directions: Directions to Bull Run–Occoquan Trail

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