Natural, cultural and recreational resources abound along the 40 mile route of the Occoquan Water Trail on its journey to the Chesapeake Bay. From its beginnings on narrow, tree-lined Bull Run to the open waters and tidal estuaries of the Potomac River, the Occoquan Water Trail offers paddlers the chance to experience a broad range of paddling adventures, scenic vistas, and historic landscapes on its route.
This water trail meets the Potomac River Water Trail beyond the Mason Neck peninsula, accessing seven regional parks, a county, two state parks and two National Wildlife Refuges and nearby town of Occoquan on its way. It includes areas once visited by Captain John Smith and long occupied by Native Americans. Facilities, including boat rentals are available at several public parks.
A trail map and guide and eight orientation/interpretive signs on route provide a guide to the natural and human history of this region and portray their associations with local waterways over time.
Note: There is no portage around the Occoquan River Dam; prepare to access the trail above or below the dam. REMEMBER, safe use of the waterways is YOUR responsibility at all times! Obtain and review a water trail map and guide in advance to plan a safe trip.