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NVRPA Parks

Below are a few of the parks Stephanie and I want to visit in NOVA. All descriptions are from each park’s page on the NVRPA website.

Fountainhead

Fountainhead is situated in Fairfax Station, where visitors will quickly discover the spectacular view of the widest point of the Occoquan Reservoir. Perfect for fishing or simply relaxing on the calm waters, Fountainhead’s water access allows for private boat launching as well as canoe, kayak and jon boat rentals. Fountainhead also offers a handicap accessible fishing pier.

On land, the park also boasts one of the most challenging mountain bike trails in the region, which features a stacked loop system, with a beginner level loop that newer and younger riders can stay on, or riders can continue on the connecting intermediate loop, and then on to an advanced loop. The course includes the beginner and intermediate loops and boardwalk, trail bridges and technical trail features to create a challenging and exciting ride for cyclists of all abilities. 

The park also serves as one of the major access points for the Bull Run Occoquan Trail.

Bull Run

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.

Red Rock Widerness Overlook

Discover a beautiful out-of-the-way place. Hike over hills and through the woods to panoramic views of the Potomac and the distant blue foothills across the river on this 67 acre property. Trails range from moderate to strenuous.

Dogs are allowed on a leash according to Town and County leash laws. Red Rock Wilderness Overlook is a trash free park meaning that all visitors should take their trash with them. No public restrooms are available at the park.

Occoquan

This spacious park is scenically located on the Occoquan River diagonally across from the Town of Occoquan. It offers 400 acres of recreational space and a touch of the past with its historic brick kilns and the memory of imprisoned women suffragists. Occoquan Regional Park is also one of the few places in the region to serve as a trailhead for, and site within, multiple routes of regional and national significance: Park lands, trails and associated waters are part of the Fairfax Cross-County Trail; the diverse, braided network of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and related outdoor experiences; an historic journey commemorated by the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail; and the Occoquan Water Trail, recognized as both a National Recreation Trail and part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Network.

Pohick Bay

Pohick Bay is a water oriented park located on the Potomac River 25 miles south of the nation’s capital.  Our boat launch facility is one of only 3 public access points to the Potomac River in northern Virginia and the closest to Washington DC and its famous waterfront.  Pohick Bay offers canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and jon boats for rent on the weekends.

In addition to water activities the park also offers family and group camping, hiking, picnic areas and a large play area for children.  For those of you interested in swimming, we offer one of the largest, outdoor freeform pools on the east coast!  Please contact the park about swim lessons for your family.

Pohick Bay Regional Park, located on Mason Neck Pennisula is an ecologically fragile land that shelters an abundance of wildlife, including the bald eagle.  Nature lovers can expect to see blue birds, osprey, heron, deer, beavers and rare sightings of river otters.

Upton Hill

Upton Hill Regional Park offers visitors a wooded oasis in the heart of the most densely populated area of Northern Virginia. A large outdoor waterpark complex is a sparkling attraction in this wooded, urban park, which straddles the boundary line between Arlington and Fairfax counties. The deluxe miniature golf course boasts one of the longest mini golf holes in the world; the batting cages include 9 baseball and softball cages.

The park is open every day for hiking, picnicking, playing on the playground and enjoying the outdoors.

Algonkian

Located on the scenic Potomac shore, Algonkian Regional Park is the perfect place for an afternoon of fun in the sun, a family vacation or even your wedding. The park includes Volcano Island (a large waterpark complex), a par-72 golf course, miniature golf, trails, a boat launch, picnic shelters, vacation cottages, and The Woodlands, a versatile wedding and meeting center.

Potomac Overlook

On the Potomac Palisades in north Arlington, Potomac Overlook offers 70 acres of peaceful woodland, trails, educational gardens, a small picnic area and a Nature Center. The Nature Center features brand new exhibits called the "Energerium", offering visitors a fun and accessible way to learn energy basics and ways they can help create sustainable energy solutions. The displays blend lessons from ecology, Earth Science, physics, chemistry and other topics in clear, understandable ways. The Nature Center also houses live animals and natural history exhibits and is the office for NVRPA’s naturalist staff.

Ball’s Bluff

Surrounding Ball’s Bluff National Cemetery, this regional park preserves the site of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, the first Civil War engagement to take place in Loudoun County. Hiking trails and interpretive signs aid in understanding this important and tragic part of American history.

Blue Ridge

Located in Bluemont on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Loudoun County, this newly developed property offers the ideal setting for an escape to the mountains for organized youth group tent camping. This 168-acre park offers 3 primitive camping areas that can accommodate 30 campers each.  Basic necessities such as vehicle parking, fire rings, picnic tables, and portable restrooms are provided.  Access to the park is limited to registered campers only.