An Easy Newbie Friendly 3.5 Miles in Hemlock Overlook Regional Park and Optional Post Hike Meal or Visit to Paradise Springs Winery
Hemlock Overlook Regional Park is one of several multi-use parks lining Bull Run some 25 miles southwest of Washington. Like the others, it’s full of hilly scenery. But it covers a mere 400 acres and lacks such amenities as campgrounds and picnic areas. So it’s both an attractive and uncrowded hiking locale. Like the other parks, Hemlock is managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. This hike is a short and easy clockwise loop that starts and ends in wooded uplands, accumulating 1,000 feet of elevation change (not gain or loss but total change) along the way due to rolling hills and no steep climbs. © Copyright 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Clifton
Length: 3.5 total miles
Scenery: Hilly woodlands and floodplain.
Trail surface: Mostly dirt, with some rocks, roots; some grass, gravel, eroded pavement, crushed stone.
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Local Maps: USGS Manassas
Topo Map: Hemlock Overlook Regional Park Topographic Map
Trail Notes for Leaders
Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
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We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead.
Here are some suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan, people can arrange to meet a Savage Station. you should post that in the Comments section. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
If you can drive or want to carpool from another location, please post that location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click here for directions to the trailhead and where we meet. The parking lot is on the smaller side, please carpool if you can.
Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool from Savage is 8:30 a.m.
Post Hike Event
We will have an optional post hike meal at The Mainstreet Pub, the green building right on the main street in Clifton. Click here for restaraunt information, including menu and pricing information. Or, if everyone would rather visit Paradise Springs Winery for wine tasting we could that too. Here is the Link for the Winery.
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing leaving no trace
Fido is Welcome on this Hike!