Union Mill and Bull Run Occoquan Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Manassas, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
This trail is a gem tucked behind the estates of Clifton. If you live in the surrounding suburbs, this easy trail offers a quick, welcome getaway from the hustle and bustle. Beautiful groves of mountain laurel and hemlocks nestle themselves in the slopes leading down to Bull Run. The occasional rock outcropping offer the more adventurous a chance to respectfully go off trail and explore. Our sunny but cold winter walk gave us a chance to view the stream looking clearer than ever and we kept our fingers crossed that a VRE train would pass oblong the neighboring tracks. There was only one moderately steep climb in the trail that tested our lungs. Very doable for hearty preschoolers with maybe a shoulder ride or two along the way.
We parked right outside the park and took the yellow trail to blue by the water and picked the yellow trail back up. At times the trail is challenging. There are a lot of geological rocks on certain parts of the path and because of fall, there were a ton of leaves, so at times it was slippery. Fitbit showed we had climbed 32 floors. Sometimes the trail was well marked sometimes it wasn't. I only heard that gun range way off in the distance just for a short period time. This was a well traveled trail on Saturday.
Parking can be a problem since there is a busy winery next door.
Good walk down to the river and back. The doggy loves the small beaches by the river.
Just tough enough to keep the kids interested. Beautiful scenery. Keep your eyes open for the blazes.
Great view. Be careful when veering off the marked trails. There is a gun range by the blue trail and could get loud at times. Definitely not easy. Get ready to break a sweat.
I have a small dog and we absolutely loved this trail! Lots of opportunity to get in the water. Lots of rocks, fallen trees, etc. The diverse landscape made it fun and interesting. The first left onto the RED blaze trail was missed because you can only see it on your way back. Now I know and will do the longer journey.
Its a good trail for the family, its little rocky but kids can manage it. Like the view on the river.