dogs on leash
recently have become a vegan and have ran the trail everyday. amazing in the morning but very buggy in the afternoon definitely bring some mosquito spray and anything to repel the flies. before you know it you have 5 swarming around your head and what seems like intentionally flying into your face. I live on Centerville so I just jog to the opening and run till I'm burned out. Haven't gone down any of the trails yet, I tend to just run down the road but maybe tomorrow morning, who knows.
This park sits off of Airport Rd. The ticket system is simple enough, I just wish they had kiosks that allowed cars to pay on their way out with credit cards. I recommend taking your parking ticket to the boat house for validation (after you pay $2) so that way you have it already on the way out.
There's a bathroom here but I didn't use it- so I can't speak to how clean it is. But at least it's there.
Several trucks with their boat hauling equipment attached were blocking all of the entrances to trails!! As a first timer that made it very difficult to navigate where I wanted to go!
I chose Lookout Trail with AllTrails help. Lookout trail's entrance is facing away from the water and towards the dog park. The trail starts off as loose sand before you see a "No bikes allowed" sign and then hit your first set of wooden stairs. The stairs take you to a paved trail that runs you along Airport Rd. You'll stay on this straightaway briefly. I say enjoy this part because you'll immediately hit a couple up hills!! The trail entrance was clearly marked. HOWEVER on the way back the turn to get back to the boathouse was NOT clearly marked.
The trail itself is your standard run through the woods trail. But I see why bikers are not allowed. As other reviewers pointed out its VERY rooty. I was constantly looking down to avoid a misstep. Also there are very steep hills. I enjoyed the steps when they were there and pushed myself up the second hill which probably is steep enough to have steps but does not.
My biggest complaint here (and bear with me as I'm probably spoiled by Northern VA's trails) but there were SO MANY spider webs going directly across the trail!!!!! I spent so much time stopping to breakup obvious spider webs and spent a good deal of time freaking out as I missed some and ran straight into them. This trail must be scarcely used and the trail attendants must never make the full walk often enough to avoid this from occurring. Ultimately 1.5 miles in I turned around- the spider webs were causing me to stop so often/be grossed out that I had had enough.
Between looking down so much to avoid a misstep to looking up and around for spider webs this run was not enjoyable. The layout of the trail was gorgeous and I liked how often you were right next to the water on this trail.
Love this park! There are several trails to choose from and they are all nicely marked with maps and how long each trail is. There is even a very nice disc golf course and admission is only $3. I enjoy every visit to New Quarter.
I went here for the first time to walk the C trail. It was accurately measured at 4.9 miles (8k). It was clearly marked, well maintained, very little poison ivy! which is a great thing as so many of the trails I walk are inundated with that stuff, and really beautiful. It looked like the most fun BMX bike trail have ever seen.