Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fountainhead Regional Park, VA

 This park lies along a tributary of the Potomac: the Occoquan Reservoir. The marina and parking opens at 6am and there is a bait/tackle shop nearby as well as boat rentals (kayak, canoe, or rowboat). Fishing is allowed with a license (though I've heard it's not superb). Fountainhead also boast an 8 mile mountain biking trail (you can call 703-250-9124 anytime fore trail conditions). Picnic areas are located near the marina and along some trails. The hiking here is beautiful - sometimes hilly, but not difficult unless you decide to portage your kayak by climbing over the dam (not recommended and most likely illegal). The 17.5 mile Bull Run Occoquan Trail begins in Fountainhead and winds through Hemlock Regional Park before ending in Bull Run Regional Park so there's loads to explore.

This is my favorite spot for kayaking due to its size and its proximity to the DC area. It's a quiet and beautiful area with gorgeous homes along the water.


Driving directions (it's good to have several options since 95-South is usually a beast to drive on)

Pros: Easy access off of 95-South (if traffic is actually moving), absolutely beautiful
Cons: Crew teams row along the Occoquan so keep your ears and eyes open, they're fast! Bathrooms are often closed in off season.
Tips: Don't portage your boat over the dam
Rating: 4/5

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