This section of the Cross County Trail starts at the boat
ramp at Occoquan Park. The boat ramp is just below the Marina Building. That
is the first building on the right you will come to when entering the park
via the access road from Route 123. For a link to the access road on Google
Maps click here.
There is a detour between points 7 and 12 while construction takes place at
the former Lorton Prison.
- (North) The CCT starts at the boat ramp and
follows the Occoquan River for a short distance. The river should be on
(South) The CCT ends at the boat ramp. The Marina Office is up the
stairs on the hill overlooking the boat ramp.
- (North) (South) You may notice several people
fishing in the river along this section of the trail.
- (North) An asphalt trail intersects from the
right. Continue straight on the present trail.
(South) An asphalt trail intersects from the left. Continue straight
on the present trail.
- (North) (South) The trail passes a small parking
area along the access road.
- (North) (South) The trail passes a side trail
leading up the hill on steps. This might be a good alternate route for walkers
or for bikers willing to walk down the steps. This is best traveled in a
southern direction from point 6 on the map.
- (North) The trail passes a side trail leading
up the hill on steps. Just beyond this the trail crosses the park access
road in a crosswalk and follows a hard surface trail past a gate on the
(South) The trail passes a gate and uses a crosswalk to get to the
other side of the park access road. Just beyond the crosswalk is a side
trail up the hill to the right on steps. If you have already followed the
CCT between points 5 and 6 on the map in one direction you may wish to try
an alternate trail up the hill. Bicyclists should be aware that there are
steps on both ends of this trail. Refer to point 21 for directions on the
- (North) (South) The trail passes a landfill.
- (North) The trail reaches an access road around
the former Lorton Prison. Take a sharp left to follow this road with the
prison fence on your right. You are now on a detour route around the prison.
(South) The access road intersects with an asphalt trail from the
right. Take a sharp right to follow this trail with a landfill on your left.
You are now back on the regular route.
- (North) Upon reaching the second watch tower
the access road turns to the right as a gravel trail intersects. Stay straight
to follow the gravel trail towards Rt. 123.
(South) The gravel trail intersects with an access road. Continue
straight on the access road with the prison fence on your left.
- (North) The gravel trail ends at an asphalt
trail on the side of Rt. 123. Turn right to follow that trail with Rt. 123
on your left.
(South) After passing the Lorton Prison buildings look for a gravel
trail on your left. Turn left to follow that trail.
- (North) Turn right onto the gravel trail just
prior to the intersection with Lorton Road. The gravel trail intersects
with the prison access road. Stay straight on the access road with the prison
fence on your right.
(South) The access road turns left as it nears Rt. 123. Go straight
and follow the gravel trail that intersects at this point. Turn left at
the asphalt trail along Rt. 123 and follow that trail with Rt. 123 on your
- (North) Another access road intersects from
the left just prior to a barn. Turn left at this point and walk on the grass
to the right of this access road. This marks the end of the detour route.
(South) The trail leaves the woods and joins an access road into
the prison grounds. Turn right onto an access road on the outside of the
fence. This is the start of a detour around the prison.
- (North) The trail passes to the right of a
short parking area and enters a short wooded section.
(South) The trail leaves the woods and passes across a short parking
area onto a grass strip next to the access road.
- (North) The trail leaves the woods and follows
next to Lorton Road.
(South) The trail enters the woods.
- (North) This section of the walk ends where
Lorton Road intersects with a restricted road. To continue to the next section
of the trail cross Lorton Road and follow the restricted road up the hill
for a short distance. The CCT starts up a bank on the right side of the
restricted road. Look for the markers.
(South) This section of the walk starts from the intersection of
a restricted road with Lorton Road. If you are coming from the previous
section of trail via the restricted road cross Lorton Road and follow the
dirt trail along the side of Lorton Road.
Directions for the alternate trail between points 5 and 6.
- The trail climbs a few steps and turns left to climb
- At the top of the hill continue in the same direction
to follow the power lines for a short distance.
- The power lines cross a gully. The trail turns left
prior to the gully and enters the woods.
- After a considerable distance the trail splits. Turn
right to view the Amphitheater.
- After a short distance an area with several seats appears.
There are several interesting observation points here of the bridge construction
over the Occoquan River, the town of Occoquan, and the widening of Route
123. Mountain Laurel is also present and blooms in mid-May. After viewing
this area retrace your steps back to point 24. Turn right to follow the
other trail at the split.
- Notice the white markings on the trail to guide you.
- The trail descends the hill on steps. The steps become
steep near the bottom. The CCT is at the end of the steps. Follow the directions
from point 5 on the map to conclude the walk.