Occoquan Greenway: In Progress AND Ready to Explore

Occoquan Greenway: In Progress AND Ready to Explore

Conceptual map of the Occoquan Greenway in Prince William County Virginia

Progress continues on the Occoquan Greenway, a nearly 12-mile trail network that will connect neighborhoods to nature from the County Complex on Prince William Parkway all the way into the 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. Much of the trail is on land owned by the Lake Ridge Parks & Recreation Association (LRPRA), and early trail segments were built by volunteers. Groups such as LRPRA Trails Committee and the Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition continue to host 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, with these segments Open to the 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. New wooden stairs were added between the Marina and Springwoods in Fall 2023.
  • Segment 3 Hedges Run Dr to Mohican Rd: New 110-ft bridge and 1,000 linear feet of connecting trail opened Fall 2023; diverts path uphill of the stream, making it more accessible than the previous route with splash-through water crossings
  • 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 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.