Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, VA!

Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, VA!

Occoquan Regional Park is a great park to visit.  This park offers over 400 acres and a few historical elements as well.  We will definitely be back to this park as our visit was cut short due to a rain storm.

9751 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079

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This park has so much to offer and is one of the few parks that serves as an entrance with multiple routes both regional and national.  Their are several trails such as the Occoquan Water Trail, Fairfax Cross-Country Trail and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Although we weren’t able to participate in the Roving Naturalist Program, this is a definite must do for our next visit.  This program offers guided nature walks, hikes, canoe and kayak tours and live animal programs.  Occoquan Regional park has athletic fields, batting cages, kayak rentals,boating and fishing .  We are looking forward to re-visiting this park and spending a day fishing.  You can fish largemouth bass, carp, crappie, catfish, striped bass and perch.  Fishing is allowed from the dock or shore line and of course by boat.  There is a boat launch (with boat fees).  There is a snack bar with a great view of the water (open seasonally).  Occoquan also has baseball, softball and soccer fields.  Here is a link to their field fees.

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Turning Point Plaza, a memorial dedicated to the suffragists imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse, part of the Lorton Prison Complex was open in 2008.

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**There are a few rentals that can be made at Occoquan Regional Park. See below. **

Waterfront Trellis

Shelter Rentals

Gazebo Rentals

Lorton Park in Lorton, VA

Lorton Park in Lorton, VA

Last week we visited parks in Lorton and came across Lorton Park, which is directly behind the Lorton Library.  Lorton Park is owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

9518 Richmond HwyLortonVA 22079

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Located off Richmond Highway, there is an open parking lot for the park, community center and library.  There is a nicely sized playground equipment including climbing equipment, slides and monkey bars.  Directly behind the tot lot are swings as well.  Benches, picnic tables and a grill are nearby the playground area of the park.  The walking trail encompasses the park and makes a full circle.  We did some walking while my toddler played at the playground and it was great because I was able to see him the whole  time, while I was getting some exercise.

**Directly across the Richmond Highway, there were ball fields.  Due to the weather, we didn’t make it across the highway to visit the ballfields. **

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If you are in Lorton,  this is a great park to visit in the summer time.  Cool off in the library for a bit and then let the kids run around and explore at this park!

Laurel Hill Park in Lorton, VA!

Laurel Hill Park in Lorton, VA!

Laurel Hill Park, which was once the property of the Lorton Prison and is quite historical as the prison was established around 1910.  Whether you are visiting the playground area, ball fields or their disc golf, the trails take you all around this historical landmark and you can browse around some of the original structures.  Other than being well known for previously being the Lorton Prison in the early 1900’s, this park is also well known for their 10 mile walking/hiking trail as well as their Laurel Hill Golf Club.

8400 Lorton Road, Lorton, VA  

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collage2Laurel Hill Park was a really cool and different park to visit.  We had fun looking at the old structures, exploring on their Walking/hiking trails and playing on their playground.  Their playground was right near the entrance to the walking trails.  There was a great view of the golf course below the playground as well.  Near the playground are picnic tables and a grill.   As you walk around the park, you will see there is also disc golf.  I, personally have never heard of disc golf, but it sounds like so much fun and would love to come back and play another day.  Disc Golf is like traditional ball golf, however there are no clubs and you have discs, such as frisbees, and you throw the discs for ‘par’ at an above ground target.   There are also baseball fields at this park.

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Pohick Park in Lorton, VA!

Pohick Park in Lorton, VA!

Yesterday we spend some time in Lorton and came across Pohick Park in the Pohick Estates neighborhood.  This park was a great stop (as it is completed shaded) and it was a hot one yesterday!  Located at the end of the neighborhood, there are a few parking spots, a port-a-potty and a small walking trail leading you to the playground.

7500 Pollen Street, Lorton, VA

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Pohick Park is a great neighborhood park with lots and lots of shade! Located in the Pohick Estates neighborhood, this park is located at the end of Pollen Street.  There is a port-a-potty, a short trail to the playground, picnic tables and baseball field.  The playground is a typical piece of playground equipment with climbing areas, slides and tunnels.  Directly behind the tot lot are four swings (two infant swings and two regular).  There are picnic tables, trash cans and a charcoal grills as well.  To  the left of the playground is a baseball diamond.  We played kick ball and soccer, but it was nice to let the kids run around and have a good time.  In the short amount of time we were there, three other families came to let their kiddos run around and explore.  To me, that’s a good indication that this is a fun and friendly park to visit.

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As we were headed back to the car, we ran into, literally, ran into a cute little turtle underneath a tree. If you’re in the Pohick Neighborhead or Lorton, stop on by!

Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA!

Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA!

Today we checked out Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA! This Northern Virginia Regional Park is gorgeous and has a lot for everyone. Pohick Bay Regional Park is located off the Potomac River south of Washington D.C. When you turn off of Route 1 you wouldn’t know that in about 3 miles you’re going to come across several parks and historical areas. If you travel past Pohick Bay Regional Park you come across  Mason Neck State Park which is located at the penisula of the Pohick Bay. Also along Gunston Road is Gunston Hall, the former home of George Mason.

Address: 6501 Pohick Bay Drive, Lorton, VA

Pohick Bay Regional Park is known for it’s canoe, kayak and boat rentals as well as the marina where the boats are launched. For a fee you can launch your boat into the bay. Boat rental facilities are on site and open on the weekends at the marina. Camp ground and picnic shelter rentals  are available through the Pohick Bay website. In addition to camping, the park also has a disc golf course, miniature golf, Pirate’s Cove Waterpark, playground, fishing, hiking trails, and plenty of picnic benches. Down by the marina you’ll find the awesome fenced-in playground. Indoor restrooms are located right next to the play equipment along with a ton of picnic tables and benches to eat a snack. The playground and picnic tables overlook the Pohick Bay but with a safe distance so you don’t have to fear the kids falling in the water when your back is turned. There is one large piece of newer play equipment and a small set of regular swings. The playground and picnic benches are completely covered by shade given off by the large older trees throughout the entire park.

We walked a few of trails before the kids got too tired and they were great if you like to hike. Strollers and wagons wouldn’t be able to do most of the hiking trails.  For fishing info click this link, http://www.nvrpa.org/park/pohick_bay/content/fishing.    If you’re into geocaching there are several in the park, check out the Geocaching Website for clues.

This was a beautiful park with plenty of activities for the whole family. I highly recommend everyone check out this natural park if they haven’t been already!