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Bull Run in Virginia

Trip Overview

We launched at route 28 onto Bull Run at 9:00 Saturday morning, 14 May. Great launch site. Easy access and parking for our vehicle. We had already positioned a vehicle at our takeout point at Yates Ford Road in Clifton across the road from Bull Run Marina.

Tim started catching fish on the first cast. We took Hank and Reba (hounds) who had a marvelous time swimming or running on along the bank. We hardly had to paddle as the current carried us down stream. We stopped a few times to stretch.

By 1:00, Tim had caught (and released) around 75 fish, mostly bream with some large and small mouth bass.

After the railroad bridge, which looked like the halfway point, Bull Run starts to deepen up as it gets more bends back and forth. We actually had to paddle more and with all the bends, we discovered was a lot further than we thought. The railroad bridge is probably only 1/3rd of the way.

We pulled out around 3:30 by Bull Run Marina. We think it was about 9 miles. We took our time and had a fun relaxing day.

Spring (May) is a good time to do this one. We did not have to get out of the kayaks at all to get through the shallows. We suspect that later on you will have to portage more.


Launch sites at both ends were great shape. We didn't see any other spots that had easy access to put in/take out.




We used the reports on and Google maps.

  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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