A Midsummer Hike at Bull Run Marina Regional Park!!! - Clifton, VA

Hey Super Troopers!!!

Bienvenidos to all the new kids in the group! You should know, I was once new like you. My friend dragged me to my very first meetup event ever with this group. Back then, I really thought the idea of going into the woods with a bunch of strangers was the most insane thing I've ever heard of! In the parking lot, my friend and I stood around very much confused and nervous, and ready to ditch until a very lovely and beautiful girl comes up to us and says: "Are you two with the Alexandria Walking Group?" --That was Dec. 2007. Today, I'm your fearless (and favorite) organizer!   

For this walk/hike we'll be visiting our old friend, the Bull Run Occoquan Trail. As you might recall, this heavily-forested trail starts at Bull Run Regional Park and extends for 18 beautiful miles to Fountainhead Regional Park right in the middle of suburbia sprawl. The trail basically follows the flow of the Bull Run stream and the Occoquan River to the Potomac. We'll enter the trail at the Bull Run Marina section.

This section of the BROT straddles the waters of the Occoquan Reservoir and winds along the wooded hillsides and courses in-and-out of somewhat steep ravines that filter and funnel water into the reservoir. The hills and ravines are nothing too tough or anything we can't handle with relish! Along the way, we'll mostly pass under tall oak and hemlock trees, which gives the forest a very lovely, dark, and deep feel and will provide us shade relief from the August sun. Btw..if you're into fishing, the Occoquan Reservoir is known for its largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and northern pike.  

As usual, this out-and-back walk/hike will be about 2-hours (5-miles of smiles). I dunno, I'd say it's a moderate hike. The trail is completely natural surface.

How to Get There: From Fairfax County Parkway head south on VA 643/Lee Chapel Road (1 mile), take a right onto VA 123/Ox Road (1.1 miles), and turn left onto Henderson (5.1 miles). Be careful for your final turn--a sharp left onto Old Yates (0.8 miles). The parking lot will be on your left.

What to bring: yourself, your furry friend, water, and cool sunglasses! As always, if have questions, lost, or going to be late, please call me at (301) 712-5880.

Hope you'll come to the dance!

-albert

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Way too many people. Just not my speed.

    August 13, 2012

  • Amy

    Sorry I got there too late to meet the big group, but had a nice walk with Elizabeth, David and Lynn. Guessing we went at least 6 miles, pretty nice. Hope to actaully find everyone next time. GPS had some difficulty getting me there and out of Clifton!

    August 12, 2012

    • Linh N.

      Amy, our hike was better! Lol, We did 8 miles altogether. It was very fortuitous meeting you and Elizabeth on the trail!

      August 13, 2012

    • David T

      I'll say, 3 beautiful women all to myself. . .great hike! =)

      August 13, 2012

  • Barb

    This was my first hike with the group. A little larger group than I was expecting, but it was a great experience, good hike and great people. Really enjoyed the socializing at Paradise Springs Winery afterwards.

    August 13, 2012

  • Rick K

    Great Hike! Woods, water, hills, and fun people to walk with!

    August 13, 2012

  • Susan C

    The hike was good but I thought it was a bit short so myself & another hike continued on for a bit more

    August 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks everyone for hiking with us! see you next time.

    August 12, 2012

  • Fatima L

    Excellent workout! and great people

    August 12, 2012

  • John M

    Beautiful day + nice trail + wonderful folks = great hike! Thanks Albert!

    August 12, 2012

  • Traci

    A really great workout. I'd rate this a moderate + because there were quite a few hills. Be mindful that there are no restrooms at the trail head!!!!

    August 12, 2012

  • Anna

    Great hike!

    August 12, 2012

  • Traci

    Great group of layed back people. Great workout. Thanks!

    August 12, 2012

  • Kathy

    first time on this trail - harder than I thought it would be, but it was a great workout. thanks for organizing this Albert!

    August 12, 2012

  • Debra Kay K.

    I feel good having finished it, thank you katy and Kathy for all your support.

    August 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yahoo! Good workout!

    August 12, 2012

  • Johnny

    Cool hike, not too difficult, now off to
    winery!!!

    August 12, 2012

  • Johnny

    Cool hike, not too difficult, now off to
    winery!!!

    August 12, 2012

  • EBBs

    Great hike! Lots of hills!

    August 12, 2012

  • Anna

    Would like to carpool with someone, happy to chip in for gas.
    The winery afterwards sounds like a nice idea!

    July 31, 2012

    • Heather

      Anna, I can pick you up from the Braddock metro at 9:20. Let me know if that works for you or if you've changed your mind so I'm not waiting there. Thanks!

      August 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Anna I can't make it tomorrow again, my son is not feeling well. sorry

      August 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a public service announcement.

    Tomorrow's hiking weather: sun and a few passing clouds. High 88F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. I must say, it's always good to see a lot of peeps RSVP. Your RSVPs keep the group active and vibrant, and keeps makes me believe I'm really your favorite organizer. --btw, it's OK...you can lie to me if I'm not :)

    I suppose I need to bed before I don't make it to my own hike, (that would suck!). Good night! See you in the morning!

    This has been a public service announcement.

    August 12, 2012

  • Rick

    I'm leaving from Old Town if anyone wants to carpool.

    August 6, 2012

    • Belle

      Heather, please check your email and confirm that you got my message. Thanks

      August 11, 2012

    • Channelle H.

      Is there room for one more from Old Town Alexandria?

      August 11, 2012

  • Tom

    I'm leaving from the Springfield area if you need a ride.

    August 9, 2012

    • Amanda

      Hey Tom. I'd love to carpool. I can easily get down your way and leave from there.

      August 11, 2012

    • Tom

      OK. I'll send you an e-mail.

      August 11, 2012

  • Pete

    Anyone leaving from the Arlington area?

    August 11, 2012

    • David T

      Pete, I'm leaving from Rockville and can come thru Arlington if ya need a ride? Just need to negotiate a location (Metro perhaps) and time (9:45a)?

      August 11, 2012

  • Art

    in case need a ride, I am leaving from DC

    August 9, 2012

  • Rick K

    I can provide a ride for a couple of people from Dunn Loring Metro if someone needs a ride. Please email me if interested.

    August 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I could use a ride. Heather, please email me at [masked] Thanks!

    August 8, 2012

  • Heather

    Anyone else need a ride from Old Town?

    August 8, 2012

  • John M

    Not sure exactly where Albert plans to turn around, but check the map for "Bull Run Marina - Wolf Run Shoals Rd Mile 12-16" at http://dayhikes.info/BullRunOccoquanTrail.html

    August 6, 2012

    • Tom

      Great! I saved the map to my phone.

      August 6, 2012

  • Philippe H.

    hello!
    Looking for a ride from Van Dorn Metro if possible. Will chip on gas.
    Thanks.
    Philippe

    August 6, 2012

  • Tom

    Does anyone have a map of the hike? :)

    August 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Anna, where are you coming from? You can carpool with me. I'm coming from Silver Spring MD. Let me know and we can figure out a time and place to pick you up from.

    July 31, 2012

  • Joe

    Hey, Albert, how about after the miles of smiles, we have an after the meetup, meetup and take a trip to Paradise Springs Winery. Its the same place that we went to after the 17 June meetup and its only 3 to 4 miles away

    July 29, 2012

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