Spending time outdoors is a great way to avoid cabin fever during the coronavirus era of social distancing. While many playgrounds across Northern Virginia and Loudoun County are temporarily closed, there many parks to explore on foot and by bike.
Loudoun County parks are open for self-directed trail and leisure use during normal park operating hours; however, all offices, playgrounds, athletic complexes and courts, pavilions and other features that would encourage gatherings and negatively impact social distancing practices, are closed. Signs will be posted at features affected by this closure and residents are urged to adhere to any closure notices.
With younger children, you can create a sound map, meet a tree, play coyote cache, and find animal tracks. With tweens, you can go hiking and fishing as well as practice nature photography. For everyone else, time outdoors is an opportunity for fresh air, exercise, and the peaceful feelings that accompany time spent in nature.
Visitors who choose to use hikes and trails should adhere to the following guidelines (and be sure to check for any changes in accessibility before heading out!) :
- Stay home if you are sick
- Avoid congregating in groups
- Maintain a 6-foot distance between others
- Avoid touching shared surfaces
- Take trash with you
- Do not park illegally
- Wash hands frequently
Explore 838 acres hiking paved and natural surface trails. Algonkian Regional Park includes natural wooded areas and open fields.
47001 Fairway DriveSterling, VA 20165
Often called the skinniest park in Virginia, Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad Regional Park is a paved trail between Shirlington and Purcellville, Virginia. Run, cycle or skate the 45-mile route along the former roadbed of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, which runs through the urban heartland and into the Virginia countryside. Equestrians can ride the adjacent 32-mile gravel horse trail. The W&OD trail has multiple parking areas, enabling you to jump on and off the trail at various points.
Currently, all entrance gates and parking lots will are closed to vehicular access. The public may continue to use the trail systems and is encouraged to use proper social distancing.
Manassas National Battlefield Park encompasses nearly 5,100 acres of land and includes more than 40 miles of hiking trails. The park has developed a series of loop trails. Many recommended routes include trailside interpretive markers describing the battle action that occurred and highlighting the experiences of soldiers and civilians alike.
12521 Lee Highway Manassas, VA 20109
Visit one of Loudoun’s largest nature preserves. Experience over 20 miles of trails on nearly 700 acres.
21085 The Woods Rd. Leesburg, VA 20176
1,000 acres of reservoir and waterfront to explore. Open to trails and passive use only.
42400 Mt. Hope Road Ashburn, VA 20148
Located in Centreville, Virginia, Bull Run Regional Park offers 1,500 acres of natural space outdoor adventures for everyone.
7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville, VA 20121
Walk wooded lanes, green meadows, and enjoy the ponds. Observe wildlife that make their homes in the park’s habitats.
21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Rd. Sterling, VA 20164
Experience a peaceful water setting in Loudoun County.
44105 Heron Way Lansdowne, VA 20176
200 acres of active and passive areas in western Loudoun County. A horse trail is open to pedestrians for walking.
17501 Franklin Park Dr. Purcellville, VA 20132
The pedestrian entrance is currently open however the parking lots and car entrances are closed. Morven Park is over 1,000 acres of lawns, fields, wooded ridge, and formal boxwood gardens.
17195 Southern Planter Ln, Leesburg, VA 20176
*Note: There is no public parking at the above address. Visitors will have to park elsewhere and enter through the pedestrian entrance.
The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST) is a designated National Recreation Trail. In 2006, fifteen miles of the trail were dedicated as a linear park in Loudoun County, from Seneca Regional Park on the Fairfax County line to Keep Loudoun Beautiful Park on Goose Creek.
The trail encompasses portions of Algonkian Regional Park, Bles Park, Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park and Kephart Bridge Landing.
44105 Heron Way Sterling, VA 20176
Experience the beauty of the outdoors with a nature trail and wooded area.
45335 Century Blvd. Sterling, VA 20166
At 1,350 feet, the Bears Den Rocks provide a panoramic view of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The westward-looking view provides a prime spot for the sunset.
18393 Blueridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, VA 20135