Fountainhead Regional Park is an approximately 2,000 acre park bordering a tributary of the Potomac River. The Park contains rolling hills, dense forests, and a stream (now a reservoir) that flows into the Potomac River. It has a mountain biking trail, preserved 18th century cemetery, four shared-use equestrian trails, miniature golf course and a fishing lake. The Bull Run-Occoquan Trail begins (or ends) in this park, and continues upstream through Hemlock Overlook Regional Park to Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. Fountainhead Park borders Fairfax Station and Clifton, Virginia, with land-use restrictions adjacent to the park to protect the water supply for half of Fairfax County, as well as ecosystem. Most of the park is closed during the winter.To find out how to plan a trip to Fairfax Station, use our trip itinerary maker.
The park's unique feature in Northern Virginia is the mountain biking trail which was improved and rehabilitated by the Fountainhead Project, funded by a grant, local and state government resources along with business and private donations.
The park also features water activities between mid-March and November. Canoe, kayak and jon boat (with small engine) rentals are available, as are fishing supplies (a fishing license is required). Guided canoe trips and paddleboard lessons are offered during the summer. Boats launched from the park (fee charged) are limited to motor sizes at or under 10 horsepower.
Fountainhead Regional Park Reviews
My family and I love kayaking on the Occoquan Reserve. There are many rentals available: single kayak, double kayak, canoe, and jon boat. You are more than welcome to take your own kayaks, etc. We lik... more »
Less crowded than Burke but only caught bluegill. Boat and canoe rentals are more pricey but it has a much bigger pier. more »
Excellent park. Staff were super helpful at orienting me for hiking, friendly and informative. The hiking trails were well-marked with only minor exceptions. The bike trails are beautifully designed and extensive. Mid-week was a great time to hike, with no one else on the trails.
For a visit to the outdoors, this is a great place to enjoy a hike, boating, or fishing. For fishermen (amateur to pro) there's an awesome pier, with benches and plenty of room to spread out. You can while away a few good hours without realizing it. The bathrooms are clean (I experienced them midday on a weekday, YMMV). I didn't order anything at the snack shop, but they had an exceptional menu. Boats are available by the snack shop, along with a game of minigolf. Very nice area for the great outdoors.
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