Need a place to get away only a few minutes from Woodbridge VA? Then consider slipping away to the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail off of Old Yates Ford Road just across the Fairfax County line.
You can access the trail at multiple points but today we started just across the street from Bull Run Marina. This portion of the trail is just over 6 miles to reach Fountainhead Park. If you don't want to go that far just head out along the Occoquan Reservoir for 30 minutes and then turn around and come back.
Most of the way along the trail you will be walking next to the water and can catch a glimpse of local waterfowl, a deer or two and if you are lucky an eagle may be fishing in the reservoir as well. The Bull Run-Occoquan Trail is maintained by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and is part of an 18 mile section of blazed trail that runs between Fountainhead Park and Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville VA.
For historians the trail passes the site of the original trestle of the Southern Railroad a critical site during the first major civil war battle and the ruins of electric generating plant for Clifton Virginia the first town in Fairfax County to have electricity.
The Bull Run-Occoquan Trail is just another reason why residents of Northern Virginia love living here. Get out and enjoy it soon.