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Bull Run Park Offers Fun

Occupying 1,500 acres in Centreville, Bull Run Regional Park offers ample accommodations for large groups, like Scouts, or families for picnicking, camping or special events.

There are picnic tables and grills, picnic shelters and a corporate picnic area. The tables and grills are on a first-come, first-grill basis, and the shelter and corporate picnic area are available by reservation only.

The park has 150 family campsites, 90 of which are equipped with electricity, while the other 60 are primitive.

Fees for camping per night for a non-electric site is $25 per night for non-Fairfax County residents and $23 for residents with tax. Fees for electric sites vary based on the site’s amp service (all fees are for up to four people). There are six camping cabins open year round. There is a limited number of campsites that have been upgraded to full hook-up, including bath houses, water, and electric.

There are bathhouses with showers, washers and dryers, a dump station and a camp store. For a little entertainment, the park offers an 18-hole miniature golf course and an 18-hole disc golf course. Six soccer fields and a children's playground are also on hand to keep children busy for hours. There are also boat and RV storage areas, archery areas, a special events center, and trails for hiking and horseback riding.

New this summer at Bull Run Regional Park is the Atlantis Waterpark. Atlantis is an Ancient Greece-themed waterpark designed for fun in the sun amidst images of the Lost Continent of Atlantis. There are plenty of fun features for campers and kids, including a 25-foot high play structure with a 1,100-gallon dumping bucket, waterslides, waterfalls and squirters.

LOOKING FOR a place to saddle up? Bull Run offers a bridle path and staging area with access to the 17-mile Bull Run-Occoquan Trail (no bikes).

The park also houses the Bull Run Public Shooting Center for the avid hunter or archery fan. It is complete with sporting clays, skeet and trap, a newly renovated indoor archery range and an archery and gun pro shop. There are five skeet and trap shooting fields that can accommodate five people in each, and there are 14 stations for clay shooting.

The archery range can accommodate up to six shooters at one time. The center is open Wednesday through Friday, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Bull Run Special Events Center hosts outdoor events such as craft shows, festivals and other special events.

Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. From Route 29 west, turn left onto Bull Run Drive and follow the signs to the park entrance.

Admission: nonmember residents is $7 per vehicle, per day; $14 per vehicle, per week; $11 per vehicle, per day with 10 passengers or more; and $25 annual fee.

Entrance into the park is free for member residents. A member resident should live in either Alexandria, Arlington, the City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, Falls Church or Loudoun County.

Call the Park and Camp Center at 703-631-0550 for more information or to reserve a campsite. To reach the Bull Run Public Shooting Center, call 703-830-2344. For the pool, call 703-631-0552. For picnic shelters and the pavilion, call 703-352-5900.