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2.5 hours plus a half hour for lunch
390 ft
Hemlock Overlook Regional Park
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Park at the Hemlock Overlook public parking on Yates Ford Rd. 38.76646, -77.40680

Along the banks of Bull Run near Clifton Virginia, Hemlock Overlook Regional Park has 8 trails dedicated to hiking and horseback riding. The perimeter circuit we have mapped here follows the banks of Bull Run along the Bull Run/Occoquan Trail passing the ruins of Virginia's first hydroelectric dam. Hemlocks can still be found on the red and yellow trails for which the park is named. This hike is one of several that can be found along Bull Run, including: Fountainhead Regional Park, Wolf Shoals, and Manassas Bull Run.

The main parking area is directly across from the Paradise Springs Winery, and a great way to spend the day is to hike the 3.8 mile perimeter circuit then walk over and enjoy a glass of wine on their large patio. The park also doubles as a accredited Outdoor Educational Center operated by Adventure Links. The group is focused on youth development, with a popular ropes course as part of the facilities.

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Hiker Reviews For The Hemlock Overlook Regional Park Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Jeff Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, February 18, 2017
A warm February day is a must-hike day. We enjoyed the trail and the views through the leafless trees. Lots of people on the trail, and with all the spots to stop and enjoy the area, I can see why. The trail is well-blazed. Definitely recommend it for all types looking for a short hike.

The instructions here on HU are a bit confusing unless you can pull up the picture while hiking. Where it says "At this point the Bull Run/Occoquan Trail crosses the creek over several concrete pillions.", DO NOT go down the steps and cross the river. Turn right and look for the yellow blaze. (We thought it meant to cross the river, then turn right.)


By: Sean Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, April 22, 2016
Overall a nice hike. The walk along Bull Run is very nice and I found the hydroelectric plant ruins interesting. The trail runs in part along the very edge of the Bull Run bank a few feet above the water so don't be looking at your map for too long or you'll be wet. The park is apparently near a shooting range and most of my hike was accompanied by the constant sound of shotgun blasts -- so, not a peaceful experience. Dogs off leash on the trails (against Park Authority regulations) were sometimes scary. Bonus points for being less than an hour from DC.

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