Bull Run's spacious fields accommodate groups by the hundreds, even thousands, for picnics, camping or special events. Bull Run's scenic woodland and trails offer miles of hiking and solitude. In springtime, acres of bluebells and other wildflowers bloom beside a picturesque, meandering stream. A large outdoor pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Disc golf is open year round. A public shooting center, which includes sporting clays, skeet, trap, wobble trap and indoor archery, is open year-round.

Beautiful trail through an interesting part of our country, but I didn’t get far before the hoards of mosquitos turned me back. Bring bug spray and cover up.

hiking
1 month ago

An easy loop, a bit more people even during the weekdays. Be sure to go when the bluebelles are out, otherwise I think it might be boring.

walking
1 month ago

An easy trail loop following the white trail. We went mid April and missed the bluebells. We only saw one sad plant on the entire trail. The trail is noisy from the gun club nearby. Watch your step! The trail was muddy in places as others mentioned, and also had horse droppings.

trail running
4 months ago

This is my home trail. I run it weekly. Love it!

Nice trail through the woods

This was a great trail with my two young children (3 and 6 at the time) and our leashed German Shepherd. We went while the bluebells were in bloom and they were gorgeous. There was some flooding, as some of the trail is below the flood plain, but we got through it ok. It took some maneuvering and climbing over fallen trees to avoid the worst of the flooding, but nothing too crazy. Worth it for the scenery and flat terrain.

hiking
9 months ago

Love the outdoor experience along the water in the heart of urban northern Virginia. Doing the trail in segments.

trail running
9 months ago

Started at fountainhead on the blue blazes and hiked in 10 miles and turned around. Nice trail. Loved the hills. Wish people would keep dogs on leashes.

11 months ago

Very disappointing. The trailhead was not clearly marked. Apparently I was supposed to take the White Trail but it was not marked as the Bluebell trail. Then I saw a sign that said to follow the blue blazes. After about 10 minutes I realize that is not correct either. I had the Alltrails map up on my phone and could clearly see I was moving away from my intended trail.
After backtracking and trying to follow the Alltrails map in reverse (this was a loop trail so it didn't matter which direction around I went) I am told to follow the paved road for a bit then cut onto the trail, which I discover is indeed the White Trail. This 'trail' goes beside a discus golf area and a very noisy waterpark. Not what I'd hoped for a Sunday walk in the woods, and a far cry from the Conway Robinson trail I took lkast week, which was a real gem.

hiking
11 months ago

Man was this a great trail. It was my first one but I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 mile hike. I'll save the other part oh this trail for another time.

hiking
11 months ago

Regularly enjoy hikes along this trail, be they a short two-hour jaunt w my dog, or something longer. Have paddled half of Bull Run as well.

trail running
11 months ago

Great for runs, hiking, or simple walks. Easy trail and is well marked.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

It was an awesome trail. We set out to walk from Bull Run Regional park to Fountain head. We actually only made it to Bull Run Marina. From Buil run park to Hemlock park the trail was extremely muddy which we expected but the trail was not marked well, lots of down trees we had to climb over, go under but due to there massive size most we had to go around by then we were bush whacking and had a hard time relocating the trail. Alternate routes were posted and we found out in order not to back track we had to ford a creeks that were waist deep. At least it cooled us off. Once we got about 1 away from Hemlock Park the trail was very well maintained until we bailed at Bull Run Marina. We had a great time our dogs had a good time. Word of caution be prepared for dogs off leash.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

ran this today for about 4 miles. missed the blaze and it turned into a loop back to bull run road. It was ok because of the storm last night. Trail was like a swamp. met a huge turtle at the begining. I will return and finish this trail with 5 -6 mile out back runs. Not interested in this as a full hike.

walking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

I hiked 5 miles (total, out and back) with my dogs and it was shady and quiet. (Started at the Compton Rd entrance.) Not challenging at all, except at the trail entrance. Narrow trail at times where the dogs were walking one behind the other. Mostly grassy trails with several spots to let the dogs play in the water.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

This trail is billed as the longest natural surface trail in Northern Virginia. I wouldnt rate it as hard, but there are some taxing areas. I have done the whole thing once, but usually start at Fountainhead trailhead, hike to Bull Run Marina, 6.5 miles, and then turn around. I enjoyed it more when it was colder and there were not many people out there. A great spot for a hike if you dont feel like driving 1.5 hours plus.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

I would say that this was a pretty easy trail. We didn't do the entire 17 miles, but the wildflowers were beautiful! I do with the path was a bit wider, and I could have done without the horse turds

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easy trail. Good for a one time walk

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Love this trail for the bluebells. You have to come in early April to see them! It gets a little crowded during bluebell season but it's a fun short loop that isn't difficult at all. It gets muddy though. Outside of bluebell season it's a little less crowded and I still love to do it if I just need a quick walk outside with the dog.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

tough trail to attempt to complete all at once. from several egress points you can shuttle out and back for short distances. great hills and water views. bicycles now are welcome also.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Great hike with dogs. Plenty of spaces to stop for a quiet break along the way. Easy to forget you're in the heart of NoVa.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

We did the 13 miles from Fountainhead to Hemlock round trip. The trail was moderately challenging, with changes in terrain and wonderful scenery of the water and wildlife. The trail is very well marked with the exception of 6.3 miles in. If you want to keep going to Hemlock the path turns left with no sign, but the end of that section of the trail goes straight. We ended up asking a friendly passerby and he directed us across back to the path which crosses the two-lane road. If you find yourself there, it's the 6.3 mark where the path turns to pavement. Look for the left turn. The midpoint of our journey was spent at Paradise Springs Winery which I highly recommend! I might not have enjoyed the hike as much without it, as I found myself wanting breathtaking views after that distance.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Love it

Monday, June 20, 2016

Nice and peaceful .

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Did a 13 mile section from Fountainhead Regional Park to Hemlock Overlook. Trail is well maintained but keep your eyes on the Blue Blazes as there are a number of feeder and side trails. Some decent ups and downs as you leave Fountainhead for about 5 miles until the trail makes it's way closer to the river. We ended this section by heading up at the "Yates Ford Road / Hemlock Overlook" sign posted on the trail. It is an uphill climb for about a half mile but the reward is Paradise Springs Winery! Not a bad way to end the hike.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

So there is really two trails here. This is really a spot for Blue Bell trail, which is about a mile or so long, and easy. Bull Run trail connects and is much longer, but still pretty easy trail wise.

It costs $7.50 to get into the park at the trail head. I think that's per car, but not sure it was just me. There was definitely a lot of horse dung and mud on this trail. It was also fairly busy for a cold day, but it was nice.

hiking
Saturday, April 09, 2016

It was very muddy, poorly marked so to speak as far as trail markings go. I wouldn't consider it difficult, maybe moderate. Nice views along a river most of the way.

on Bull Run Trail

hiking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Great trail. Secluded enough and with enough hill climbs and rocks to make it scenic and a work out. Only competed part of it around Hemlock, will definitely be back to complete the entire trail.

trail running
Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tested out this trail today & I have to say I walked out of there feeling accomplished! Started out at Bull Run & stopped at the 5 mile mark & turned around back towards Bull Run. It was very tiring but in the end, it was worth the trouble! The trail consisted of flat terrain & some rocky parts as well. There are also elevation changes that offer a challenge to some. I do suggest packing alot of water & snacks if you are trying to reach Hemlock or beyond as well as taking breaks. Overall, it was a pleasant experience can't really complain about it! I highly suggest this trail!

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