Progress continues on the Occoquan Greenway, a 9-mile trail network that will connect neighborhoods to nature from the County Complex on Prince William Parkway all the way into the Town Town of Occoquan. A mix of paved and natural surface trails, sidewalk connections, and pedestrian bridges will take users across varied terrain that includes scenic views of the Occoquan Reservoir. ( Download map.)
The Greenway is a labor of love, with local residents serving as advocates and keepers of the project. Early trail segments were built by volunteers. Groups such as Lake Ridge Parks & Recreation Association Trails Committee and the Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition continue to host Greenway hikes, cleanups, and trail maintenance and improvements. While this trail system remains a work in progress, much of it is ready for you to explore right now:
Segments Open to Public:
- Segment 1 County Complex to Lake Ridge Marina
- Segment 2 Lake Ridge Marina to Hedges Run Dr: In FY24, Parks will bid on design to reroute trail from private property onto LRPRA-owned land, improving views.
- Segment 3 Hedges Run Dr to Mohican Rd: New 110-ft bridge and 1,000 linear feet of connecting trail opening June 2023.
- Segment 4 Mohican Rd to Cotton Mill Rd: There are early talks of replacing the aging timber bridge and new alignments that would lessen the trail’s slope.
- Segment 5 Antietam Rd to Cotton Mill Dr to Deepford Power Station: Useable but not yet in trail system; primarily sidewalk.
- Segment 8 Clipper Dr to River Mill Park: From Clipper to Tanyard Hill is complete but may switch to a more wooded alignment over time. Supervisor Boddye worked with both Parks & Rec and the Department of Transportation to secure federal funding to create the connection from Tanyard Hill by way of Ellicott St. The project, which is in the pre-design phase, will feature a retaining wall and an on-road trail elevated from the road. It will be engineered to alleviate the existing drainage issues on both sides of Tanyard Hill within the project area.
Segments Not Open and/or Not Yet in System:
- Segment 6 Deepford Dr to Woodfern Ct; Oakwood Dr to Captains Ct: 130-ft Hooes Run bridge crossing is at 50% design.
- Segment 7 Captains Ct to Clipper Dr: Uses existing sidewalk; must coordinate with affected HOAS.
Do you want to help foster and protect the Occoquan Greenway or other local trail projects? Consider becoming involved in the Prince William County Trails & Streams Coalition; visit their website to learn more.