Bull Run - Occoquan Trail

The Bull Run-Occoquan Trail passes through the 5,000 acres of the Occoquan shoreline parklands.

photo: Bull Run from the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail. Photo by Jakob Coles.

Length: 18.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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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.

State(s): Virginia
Counties: Fairfax
Longitude: -77.30038
Latitude: 38.70772

Driving Directions

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The 5,000 acres of the Occoquan shoreline parklands, through 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 reptiles 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 miles, 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%
Maximum Grade: 40%
Elevation Low Point: 125
Elevation High Point: 334
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Nova Parks Trail Info

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
[email protected]

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



Bull Run from the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail. Photo by Jakob Coles.

Bull Run from the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail. Photo by Jakob Coles.


Great trail system

I have run here for a few years. Everything from 10k to 50 miler. Lots of ways to explore the area and the off shoot trails especially down by Fountainhead. Can get crowded on nice weekends even in winter. Lots of dogs off leash so be alert with young children. Also historical Civl War sites to be seen from the trail!

April 2, 2021



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