Cub Run Stream Valley Park in Centreville, VA!

A follower of NoVA  Outdoors, Suzanne Leonard, wanted to put together her review on a favorite park and trail system. Thank you Suzanne! Cub Run Stream Valley Park in Centreville is mostly a trail park but does have one playground area in all of the 800-acres. Here is a map of the area.

Address: 5501 Sully Park Drive, Centreville, VA 20120 (Look for the trail between Kamputa and Deer Pond Rd)

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So, how do you get to this awesome trail? There is a very hidden, but great access point on Sully Park Drive in Centreville. The public can park for free along Sully Park Drive, which features marked parking lanes along the entirety of the right and left sides of the road. Once parked, look for the very inconspicuous and barely marked trail entry point on Sully Park Drive between Kamputa Drive and Deer Pond Road. The trail immediately dips down a sharp little hill and, after a very short walk bordering housing, you will see the playground and basketball court before entering the truly wooded trail. Keep going until you hit the cement cylinder bridge crossing the stream to start really experiencing the park’s natural wonders.

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So, why venture to this hidden gem? It’s not only large—offering more than 800 acres of preserved natural beauty—but it also offers miles (5 miles north trail and 2.5 miles on the south trail) of paved, family friendly biking/hiking trails and is home to the largest Bluebell flower organism on the East Coast.

The trails are great for running, bike riding, or just taking a leisurely stroll. The park boarder is lined with residential neighborhoods, but once you commit to walking deeper into the trail system, the winding trails are surrounded by forest on both sides. There are many nice sights to see along the trail, including a historic stone bridge and picturesque Cub Run Stream, which in some places you have to cross via “fair weather” stepping stones.

The park’s most attractive sight is only available in April each year when the enormous stand of bluebells blooms for one to three weeks. Heralding in the coming of Spring, at this time of year the trees still all have wintery bare branches making the acres-wide carpet of striking blue bells truly breath taking. It is a great time to bring the family for a bluebell picnic along the stream’s bank and to capture some truly amazing family photos.

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Stick to the Northern side of the park to take in the largest swaths of bluebells in addition to the largest stretches of deep woods trails. There is also a small playground on the Northern side of the park and a basketball court. The playground is great for really little guys, as it is not very high off the ground and has a wide ramp for them to explore.

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Cub Run Stream Valley Park in Centreville, VA is a very large green area in Fairfax County surrounded by many different neighborhoods including Virginia Run, Sully Station and London Towne West. If you live nearby or are just looking for a place to get out into nature, check out Cub Run Stream Valley Park in Centreville, VA.

Pleasant Hill Park in Centreville, VA!

Pleasant Hill Park in Centreville, VA is a small neighborhood park in the Pleasant Hill section of Virginia Run in Western Fairfax County. The park address that is given on the Fairfax County website will not lead you to the entrance of the park. To find the entrance you need to use the address below.

Address: 6202 Riverland Run, Centreville, VA 20120

The small playground has one piece of play equipment, both types of swings, small picnic bench with cover and one ride on toy (one was missing). The large piece of equipment was in good shape and had a little bit of shade over it depending on what part of the day you are at the park. There are no restrooms at the park.

This was a cute neighborhood park. If plan to head out to this park you can park inside the cul de sac just be respectful to the homeowners or you can park on Hidden Canyon Road and just walk over.

 

 

Chalet Woods Park in Centreville, VA!

Last week we ended out in Centreville, VA to meet up with some friends. They recommended Chalet Woods Park located in Centreville, VA in the Chalet Woods single-family home neighborhood. This 10-acre park has lit tennis courts, lit basketball court, playground, and walking/hiking trails.

Address: 14912 Cranoke St., Centreville, VA 22020

Of course we were more interested in the playground area which had lots of shade over the equipment. There is one large piece of equipment and a set of both types of swings. Sadly there were no restrooms that we could find. But we did hit up the walking/hiking trails. The Chalet Woods Park trail eventually runs into the Cub Run Trail System. So if you wanted a good walk, bike or jog you could wind your way through the parks. Most of the trail is paved but some areas needed to be repaved.

You would never know this park existed unless you drove into the neighborhood. If you live in Centreville or the Sully Station area I highly recommend this park.

Cox Farms in Centreville, VA!

Every year we visit Cox Farms in Centreville, VA for their Fall Festival. Cox Farms puts on a great Fall Festival from September-November with lots of things for the family to do including huge slides, hayrides, Goat Village, live entertainment, barnyard animals and of course the pumpkins! There is something for every age and size when you go to Cox Farms. The area where it is held mostly dirt, grass or gravel so it makes it easy for strollers and wagons to get around. The restrooms are all clean porta potties and scattered all over the festival.

The Fall Festival is known for it’s colorful cutouts of popular cartoon characters and pumpkins. Hillside slides are a huge attraction and located on top of little hillsides. There is plenty to do with the little ones including checking out the barnyard animals that are penned throughout the festival. If you want to meet the many goats that Cox Farms has head to the Goat Village to feed, pet and watch the goats walk around the ramp system.

The pictures do not do the Festival justice not to mention there are too many large slides to put up. When it’s time to leave the festival you are given a free pumpkin with every paid admission. The exit to the festival takes you through the Festival Market where you can purchase large pumpkins,fresh produce, baked goods, kettle korn and candied apples. If you like having fresh produce you can always stop by the Cox Farms Corner Market during the Spring and Summer.

If you live in South Riding, Chantilly, Centreville, Aldie or Stone Ridge you are just a short trip away from the Annual Festival and Corner Market!

Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA!

Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA!

A few weeks ago we checked out Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA! This Fairfax County park offers a lot of different activities for everyone including camping, hiking, equestrian trails, picnic shelters, waterpark, disc golf, and several playgrounds. Also towards the end of November through January 3rd the annual Bull Run Festival of Lights showcases a winter wonderland of lights from the comfort of your car.

Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA 20121

Near the front of the park is a newer playground area with a large piece of equipment, both types of swings and indoor restrooms right next to the playground area. There isn’t much shade over the equipment but around the play area there is plenty of shade to stand in if the kids get hot.
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Bull Run park has large fields where you can hold events and lots of different picnic pavilions and shelters. One large shelter we checked out was called “The Barn” and had a small playground nearby just outside the fence and across the small parking lot was a sand filled playground with clean lit restrooms nearby. The sand filled playground had a lot of older metal equipment and a swing set. There were benches near by with some shade.
Once we were done playing in the large sand playground we walked around on some the trails. There are miles of trail throughout the park with some being paved road and most be equestrian/hiking trails. If you like to camp the park had many spots for tent, RV or cabin camping. A newer large playground is located near the camp grounds and a favorite of my children.
Also part of the park is Atlantis Waterpark which is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. Near the waterpark you can find the Disc golf course which is open all year.
Near the entrance of the park, NVRPA constructed a Civil War Winter quarters and camp site for the public to see a little bit of history about the The First Battle of Manassas where Bull Run was crossed to engage in conflict.
Bull Run Regional Park is a great spot if you love to camp, host events or hike around. The older playground is supported by the newer equipment throughout the park. My kids and I saw lots of wildlife including turtles, geese and deer. Great park with lots to offer!

Historic Clifton, VA & Hemlock Overlook Regional Park in Centreville, VA!

Historic Clifton, VA & Hemlock Overlook Regional Park in Centreville, VA!

On our way to Hemlock Overlook Regional Park we stopped for lunch in Historic Clifton, Virginia located in Fairfax County. Located off of Main street in Clifton you’ll find original 100 year old homes and churches. This beautiful little town is tucked away in the woods where  you’ll  find quaint little store fronts, several old churches and a few different types of restaurants. It’s a great place to just stop, park and walk around on a nice day.

As you come into town you cross over active railway tracks. An old caboose is parked where the old Deveraux (Clifton) Station use to stand. My son thought this was neat to climb up on and look around. According to the history sites this station is what helped Clifton become the town it is today even though there is no stop here anymore.

The surrounding wooded areas of Clifton are a mix of old historic homes, horse farms and estate manors. Driving through the middle of the area you would never know Route 66 and a Dulles Airport were to the north and easy access to Route 28 to the west.

Once we were done with lunch we headed over to Hemlock Overlook Regional Park. The park serves as an outdoor education center run by Adventure Links. Adventure Links provides education and instruction to both private and public groups. The hiking and equestrian trails in the area are open for public use and you need no prior consent to use the trials. A small parking lot is provided just outside the entrance to the trail. The trail system that you follow is known as the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail and a map is provided near the parking lot.

Address: 13220 Yates Ford Rd, Clifton, VA 20124

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It was a great place to hike around with the kids. Strollers and wagons would have a hard time getting through the trails but if you’re on foot or horseback it would be a beautiful time spent surrounded by nature.

Next stop….Hidden Oak Nature Center!