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“Pleasant short hike” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park
43098 Edwards Ferry Rd., Leesburg, VA 20175
703 737-7800
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Ranked #21 of 71 things to do in Leesburg
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Leesburg, Virginia
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“Pleasant short hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

To back up the last post, my family and I did the entire white trail hike yesterday and the downed trees were not a problem. My eight year old had no problem stepping over any logs and they added to the experience as fun obstacles to jump over. And it was no problem for me with my 30-pound three year old riding in the carrier on my back. Keep in mind that the park officially ends before you get down to the river (there is a sign saying so). Even with that, we had no problem getting down the hill. If the ground had been wet, it would have been difficult. And the trails maintained by the park service were easy to navigate.

Visited July 2014
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Kintbury, United Kingdom
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“Pleasant short walks.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I felt I ought to post this review after the recent negative review from the travellers who expressed shock at the state of the park due to fallen trees. I visited today, and walked the trails and experienced no particular difficulty despite heavy rain and thunderstorms over the past two days. As an experienced hiker, I found the state of the forest to be as I would expect it to be - some downed trees and some growth over less used tracks. Virginia had a bit of a stormy time in late spring and a harsh winter, so fallen trees are to be expected, and indeed are a natural part of the life cycle of trees. Fallen trees are a vital part of the eco-system for invertebrates, which form an essential part of the food chain for birds, reptiles and on to larger animals. Clearing them all away therefore would not be eco-friendly and would sanitize the outdoor experience too. Anyway, on to the review itself!

There are 5 short trails, all through woodland, in the 67 acre park - the white (1.2 miles), yellow (0.28 miles), red (0.20 miles), orange (0.18 miles), green (0.10 miles) and blue (0.4 miles). All the trails connect with the white trail, so there is little danger of becoming lost, unless you stray from the waymarked trails - they are all marked with a painted flash of the relevant trail colour on trees (I've posted a photo to illustrate). There are some short climbs and some uneven ground from root eruption and rock exposure (red rock, hence the name of the park), but nothing a person with even a basic level of fitness could not manage. Any trees that had fallen over the path were easily stepped over or walked around. The view over the Potomac is pretty, follow the white trail to get to this (shortest way is to the right of the car park if you are facing away from the road). The white trail also follows the river briefly, but take care near the edge as some is not fenced and it is a drop straight into the river!

There are no toilets on site, nor refreshments and it's a trash free park, so there are no bins. Therefore find a toilet in Leesburg before you visit and take your trash home. There is one picnic table and space to sit on the ground at the car parking area. Around the car parking area are a set of ruined buildings dating back to when the land was purchased by Charles Paxton in 1869 - one, the ice house, has been reconstructed. There are brief information boards.

If wanting to set GPS, 43098 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg, should take you directly there (the number was on the park sign, leading into the car park). I didn't have a house number for my visit, so just set mine for the road, but still found it easily.

To conclude, in my opinion the park provides a pleasant set of short walks in a natural woodland environment, suitable for families and individuals, but not very taxing or extensive for someone wanting a longer hike.

Visited July 2014
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“Should be called "downed tree" park”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

My wife and I were shocked at the condition of this park. From the signs, it was renovated in 1983, but it appears that it hasn't been touched since. We stopped counting at 100 the number of downed trees, including many blocking the walking paths. We've never seen such complete neglect of a wonderful nature walk. The situation has now made it precarious to walk down to the river front, as one path that had wooden steps is now totally covered in trees and mud, while the other requires some careful stepping on tree roots.

Loudoun County has a reputation for taxpayers who are reluctant to support government expenditures. Red Rock is a glaring example of this.

Visited March 2014
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Leesburg, Virginia
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“Great little park for hiking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This small park has several miles of hiking within its wooded grounds. Several of the trails bring you down to the Potomac and there is a great overook perched high above ther river as well as a trail that runs at river level. All trails are family friendly and have only minor hills to contend with. It is very well maintained.

Visited October 2013
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Doha, Qatar
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“Why is it called Red Rock?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I just had knee surgery so I was nervous to go on the trail, but I found it fairly level with the most hazardous thing being above ground roots once in awhile. It's a lovely trail with a nice bench at the end for sitting and looking at the beautiful Potomac River. The trees were beautiful with fall colors. The bluffs are of red clay, but I didn't see any Red Rocks. Does anyone know why it's called Red Rock?

Visited October 2013
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