Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park is a great spot to hike with the family. There is plenty of history throughout the park and tons of signs that can be read for information. Strollers would not make it in this area but a backpack for the little ones would work well. Every Saturday and Sunday from April 4 through November 29 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. a guided tour around the battlefield. The program is free and no advance registration is required. The tour focuses on the tragic Battle of Ball’s Bluff in 1861.
Here is a trail map of the park……CLICK HERE The Potomac Heritage Trail passes right through the park and continues in both directions along the Potomac River.
The 170-acre park has no restrooms inside the park but during the tour season of April to November there are Porta Potties in the parking lot. The park is a trash in and trash out park with no trash receptacles. Also be careful as you are driving in and out as the road is narrow heading to and from the parking lot.
My family and I really enjoy hiking in this park. The boys like to head down the trail to the river and I like that there are several different trails to take that aren’t too difficult for the younger ones. The boys really enjoy reading all the informational and trail head signs.
Ball’s Bluff is a hidden gem in Leesburg. If you’re looking for small trails to start the little ones on, this is a good place start. If you’re also looking for some local history this is a great place to hike.
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.
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.
Turning Point Plaza, a memorial dedicated to the suffragists imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse, part of the Lorton Prison Complex was open in 2008.
**There are a few rentals that can be made at Occoquan Regional Park. See below. **