Hike, bike or paddle your way through Prince William, VA at one of the many National, State and Regional parks and forests found here. Stretching from the banks of the Potomac River to the foothills of Bull Run Mountain, visitors can reconnect with nature in DC's Countryside.


Day 1: Morning

Leesylvania State Park

A bench next to a tree facing a body of water

Start your day off bright and early at Leesylvania State Park watching the sunrise over the sandy shores of the Potomac River. After sunrise, begin your adventure by exploring the park that was once home to Revolutionary War hero Henry Lee III. Fish for trout, catfish, and perch from the 300- foot fishing pier or rent a sailboat from Northern Virginia Sailing School. Observe diverse wildlife including Bald Eagles, Blue Heron, Beavers and more on Penguin Paddling's guided kayak or stand up paddleboard tour through Neabsco Creek.


Need a break from water activities? Spend some time on land challenging yourself on the two-mile, 20-station fitness trail.

Click here for the Leesylvania State Park Trail Map


Places to Eat Near the Parks


Day 1: Afternoon

Prince William Forest Park

a couple sitting on the edge of a rock near water

Keep up the endurance and move to the largest green space in the Washington D.C. region, Prince William Forest Park. Hike or bike, on more than 40 miles of trails and discover some of the 150 historic structures along the way. Spend the night at the park in your own tent, rent a rustic cabin (that was once used by the OSS for spy training) or stay nearby in one of the many hotels near I-95.

Click here for the Prince William Park Trail Map

Places to Stay Near I-95



Day 2: Morning

Occoquan River

Rivershore charters boat on the occoquan river

Leave the forest behind on your second day as you cruise down the Occoquan River aboard a Miss Rivershore boat or travel along the waterfront of Historic Occoquan by kayak or paddleboard with Penguin Paddling. Learn the history of the area as you keep an eye out for a variety of birds and other natural wildlife. Afterwards, satisfy your taste buds while enjoying the view at these waterfront dining venues:


Waterfront Restaurants along the Occoquan River


DAY 2: Afternoon

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Three geese in water, one has its wings open

Continue your outdoor adventures by exploring the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge which provides 642 acres of habitat for migrating songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and other wetland animals. Hike the 4 miles of gravel trails by foot or take the 2-mile scenic drive


 ​Click here for the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge Brochure & Trail Map.


Outdoor Outfitters: hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking and more...

Manassas National Battlefield Park

A battlefield with a wooden fence and a historic building in the background

Travel to the other side of the county and cap off your afternoon hiking, fishing or horseback riding in Manassas National Battlefield Park. History buffs can attend one of the multiple ranger-led walking tours or explore the museum exhibits at the Henry Hill Visitor Center.

Click here for the Manassas National Battlefield Park Trail Map.


The Winery at La Grange

The Winery at La Grange sunset over the vineyards

Savor the moment with a view of the sun setting over the Bull Run Mountains at The Winery at La Grange. Sample a flight of red or white wine in the beautifully restored 1790 Manor House. Ghost hunters will be delighted in the history of the spirits rumored to still roam the halls of the Manor House.

Places to Stay Near I-66