Bull Run Occoquan Trail
NOVA Park’s longest natural surface trail
Perfect for hikers or those on horseback, this incredible path takes visitors through more than 5,000 acres of scenic woodlands. Along this track one will also find one of the region’s richest untapped historic resources. This area played a vital role at different times in our history from the Revolutionary to the Civil War. Sites along the trail include various battle points and land features, as well as the more curious, like a grouping of earthen mounds that once comprised a make-shift Civil War fort.
The trail is open for walking/hiking/biking* from dawn to dusk. (*Biking on authorized sections- trail conditions permitting.) Please be advised that parking lots are closed at Fountainhead. Please practice social distancing on trails.
Nature & Wildlife
The forest is left undisturbed as a sanctuary protected by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. It hosts an abundance of wildlife and vegetation and preserves an important watershed area, supplying clean water to county residents before flowing to the environmentally threatened Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.
Visitors will enjoy meandering through groves of mature hemlock or beech, through pine stands or diverse areas of oak, hickory, maple, dogwood, sycamore and many other trees.
Wildlife is plentiful and easily seen by those who come to observe from a silent distance. Whitetail deer, raccoon, striped skunk, opossum, gray squirrel, beaver, cottontail rabbit, turkey, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, blue heron, Canada goose, smallmouth bass, bullfrog, black rat snake, painted and box turtle are but a few of the creatures residing on the land or in the water.
Interested in volunteering to assist with trail maintenance and trail improvement projects on the Bull Run/Occoquan trail? Maintenance is provided by volunteers of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Volunteer via their website or email the PATC trail maintenance coordinator for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
An unexpected trail in the middle of Northern Virginia
The Bull Run-Occoquan Trail is a hiking trail in the U.S. state of Virginia. Designated in 2006 as a National Recreation Trail, the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail invites hikers and horseback riders to discover more than 4,000 acres of scenic woodlands.
Google Review - 06/12/2019 by Jeffrey S.
Lovely hike right next to the Occoquan
Lovely hike right next to the Occoquan. Enjoyed it along with my sister and grandma. We went about a mile and a half before turning around. I think the whole thing is about 6 miles and it takes you to a different parking area. I would definitely bring along good walking shoes and a walking stick if you plan on doing the whole trail as it can get a little strenuous is some parts. There were quite a few people out on the trail St. Patricks Day, and it was a gorgeous day to be out and about.
Google Review - 04/10/2019 by Mariah L.