Many Trails Lead to Occoquan

October 21, 2012

Occoquan Hiking Trail

Autumn is a great time to explore the great outdoors. If you live in or around Occoquan, you can take advantage of a network of hiking, biking and paddling trails that wind around and through town. In fact, there are 5 notable trails that pass through Occoquan:

U.S. Bike Route 1  is a cross-country bicycle route that runs the length of the United States eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine.

The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard. Over 25 percent of the route is already on safe, traffic-free paths.

The Occoquan Water Trail is a 40-mile route on two tributary waterways of the Chesapeake Bay. The water trail is best experienced as a paddling adventure, either by kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

The Potomac Heritage Trail network follows the paths explored by George Washington. You can follow the same routes toda on foot, bicycle, horse and by boat.

The Fairfax Cross County Trail connects the entire county from one end to the other, connecting hill and vale, stream, meadow and urbanized landscapes along the way.

If you are planning to explore the wild side of Occoquan, AllTrails is a great website and app to help you rediscover the outdoors with maps, reviews and photos of many trails. If you are interested in learning more about or promoting the network of trails in Northern Virginia, you should contact the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

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