Occoquan Water Trail

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Occoquan Water Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lorton, VA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

7.6 miles 6 feet Out & Back

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Occoquan Reservoir is a 2,100-acre Fairfax Water Authority impoundment, which forms the boundary between Fairfax and Prince William counties. Fairfax County Water Authority manages Occoquan as a water supply impoundment, which serves residents of Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria. And for this reason there is no swimming allowed in the reservoir. The 20 mile stretch of the Upper Segment begins on free-flowing, tree-lined Bull Run, which widens as it joins the Occoquan River, opening to an expansive, freshwater lake formed by the Occoquan Reservoir dam. We put in at Fountainhead Regional Park which is the widest part Occoquan. We paddled up to Bull Run Marina, and then turned back paddle past Fountainhead Marina to the Hampton Rd bridge and turning at this point to paddle back to the boat ramp at Fountainhead.

1 month ago

A great place to paddle. Went upstream to the 19 mile marker and back (upwind) in 3 hrs w a 20 min break to rest and eat. No strong currents, no rapids, very little boat traffic today.