Hike, Bike or Paddle your way through Prince William County, VA at one of the many National, State and Regional parks and forests found here. Stretching from the banks of the Potomac River to the foothills of Bull Run Mountain, visitors can re-connect with nature just 30 short miles outside of Washington D.C
- Horseback riding at Manassas National Battlefield Park
- Kayaking & Stand-up Paddle boarding on the Occoquan River
- Fishing & Boating at Leesylavania State Park
- Biking, Hiking and Camping at Prince William Forest National Park
- Miles upon miles of natural hiking trails near historic sites, mountains, rivers, and forests
Outfitters and Guides
Start your day off bright and early at Leesylvania State Park watching the sun rise over the sandy shores of the Potomac River. After the sun rises begin your adventure by exploring the park that was once home to Revolutionary War hero Henry Lee III. Cruise around and fish for trout, catfish, and perch from a rented boat, on land, or from the 300- foot fishing pier. See all kinds of wildlife from a blue heron to an active beaver on a guided kayak tour through the creek.
Don’t like water? Spend some time on land as you challenge your fitness level on the two mile, 20-station trail. Keep up the endurance and move to the largest green space in the Washington D.C. region, Prince William Forest Park. Hike or bike, on more than 40 miles of trails and discover some of the 150 historic structures along the way.
Spend the night at the park in your own tent, rent a rustic cabin (that was once used by the OSS for spy training) or stay nearby in one of the many hotels near I-95.
Leave the forest behind on your second day as you travel down the Occoquan River aboard a Miss Rivershore pontoon boat or your very own paddle board. Learn the history of the area as you keep an eye out for Eagles, Herons, and other natural wildlife.
After your boat ride, explore the home of 200-plus species of birds, 600 species of plants, and 65 species of butterflies at the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Test out the new Neabsco Creek Boardwalk and admire the beauty of the marine wildlife. Travel to other side of the county to cap off the afternoon horseback riding through Manassas National Battlefield Park or hiking to the overlook at Bull Run Mountain Conservancy.
Spend the evening relaxing and sipping wine at the Winery at La Grange to enjoy a majestic sunset over Bull Run Mountain.
Note: be sure to check with outfitters ahead of time on availability and necessary conditions for guided trips. Additional questions please contact Visit Prince William, VA at 703-792-8420
Suggested Places to Stay
- The Inn at Evergreen (Haymarket)
- Prince William Forest Park (Triangle)
- Fairfield Inn and Suites (Manassas)
- Courtyard Manassas Battlefield Park (Manassas)
- Spring Hill Suites by Marriott (Potomac Mills/Woodbridge)
- Country Inn and Suites (Woodbridge)
- Holiday Inn Dumfries – Quantico Center (Dumfries)
- Hampton Inn (Gainesville)
- Hilton Garden Inn (Woodbridge)
This outdoor adventure was submitted by Visit Prince William County
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