Campground Spotlight: Bull Run Regional Park Campground

Bull Run Regional Park Campground is tucked inside a massive 1,500-acre park in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia.

This pristine campground, which is steeped in history, allows you to be out in nature while also being conveniently located to area attractions in Fairfax County and in Washington DC.

Our family recently spent five nights in late June at the Bull Run Regional Park Campground in Centreville, VA - and we all agreed that we would return to this campground in a heartbeat!

Bull Run's campground is one of those rare gem of a campgrounds which make you feel like you are "away from it all" in a natural paradise - while also being close to restaurants, shopping centers, museums, and city amenities.

RV & Tent Sites

Bull Run Regional Park Campground has 150 camping sites. Some of the sites are designated as RV only, while others can be used for either RVs or tents. Whatever the size of your rig or your camping preferences, you're sure to find a site at Bull Run Regional Park Campground. Options available include: 34 RV sites with full hookups, 20 RV sites with water and electric only, 1 rv site with electric only, 88 electric only sites that can be used by RVs or tents, and 14 no-hookup tent pads with sand.

GOOD TO KNOW:

  • Each campsite has a fire ring, grill, and picnic table. Many of the sites offer shade.
  • Some of the RV sites are sloped and/or un-level. Be prepared with leveling blocks.
  • Bull Run camping rates run from $38/night for electric only to $60/night for full-hookup (water, sewer, electric) daily during non-peak (Nov 1-Mar 31) and on weekdays during the peak season. On weekends and holidays during the peak season, the rates are $4-$5 more. Camping cabins are $85/night non-peak and $95/night peak.
  • If you arrive after hours, you may go directly to your assigned site. Be sure to report to the camp store by 11:00am the following morning.
  • Late check-out allows campers to stay at their site until 3:00pm and is an additional $25. Late check-out may not be available if another camper is booked directly after your stay.
  • If you plan to stay during peak season (April 1-Oct 31) or over a holiday and are hoping for a full hook-up site, note that there is a minimum 3-night stay.
  • If you want a full-hook or water & electric site, it is recommended that you make your reservation as soon as you can. The earlier, the better. Electric-only sites are usually available, except for holiday weekends.
  • On holiday weekends, all sites have a 3-night minimum. When the holiday falls on a Monday, there are no Saturday or Sunday arrivals or departures.

Cabins

There are 9 cabins available for rent at Bull Run Regional Park Campground.

Cancellation Policy

If you change your dates or cancel your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 14 days or more outside of reservation date: full refund minus a $10 cancellation/change fee.
  • 13 days or less from reservation date: full refund minus 1 night stay (2 night stay on holiday weekends).
  • 48 hours from reservation date: no refunds or changes accepted.

Campground Activities

There is so much to do at Bull Run Regional Park!

On-site activities include:

  • Two Playgrounds
  • Hiking Trails (including the trailhead for the 19.7 mile Bull Run Occoquan Trail)
  • Picnic Shelters/Ramadas
  • Gaga Ball Pit
  • Little Library
  • Atlantis Water Park ($)
  • 18-Hole Disc Golf* ($)
  • Shooting Center** ($)

* Discs are available for rent at the camp store. The fee is $5.00 for a set of three discs (Driver, mid-range, and putter).

** If you read campground reviews, you may have encountered complaints about noise related to the on-site Shooting Range. If you are in a tent, you may hear guns firing throughout the day. In our RV, we barely noticed the sounds and, when we did, it was only during daytime hours. Not a big deal for us at all.

Hours for Bull Run Regional Park Activities & Amenities

  • Bull Run Regional Park is open daily, sunrise to sunset.
  • The Camp Store is open daily from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
  • The Atlantis Waterpark hours vary, depending on time of year.
  • The Disc Golf Course is open daily from dawn to dusk, weather-permitting.

Front Office/Entrance

The Camp Store at Bull Run Regional Park Campground sells ice, firewood, and some snack items.

Playground

Bull Run Regional Park has two large playgrounds with swings, slides, and obstacle style activities.

Swimming Pools & Jacuzzis

Atlantis Waterpark is on-site at Bull Run Regional Park.

Atlantis Waterpark

Atlantis Waterpark offers affordable fun for the whole family! The waterpark is sparkling clean and offers the following amenities:

  • 230-foot open slide
  • 177-foot closed side
  • large main pool
  • play island with smaller slides
  • dumping bucket and play feature
  • baby pool and sand play area
  • Neptune's Reef snack bar

A discounted rate to Atlantis Waterpark is available for campers! Show your campground receipt or car hang tag for a discounted rate of $4/person.

Dining/Food

The Camp Store has vendor style snacks available for purchase.

As for grocery stores, Giant and Trader Joe's are within about a 15-minute drive of the campground.

Restrooms & Laundry

There is one bathhouse with a laundry room at Bull Run Regional Park Campground. We did not use the restrooms during our stay, but we did take a peek and they appeared to be clean and well-kept.

Dump Station

An RV dump station and water fill are conveniently located across the road from the camp store for registered campers.

Trash

Dumpsters are centrally located for your use.

Dogs at Bull Run Regional Park Campground

Dogs are permitted, but must be leashed and may not be left unattended at campsites.

Pets of any kind are not permitted in cabins.

History at Bull Run Regional Park Campground

The area where Bull Run Regional Park sits was crossed and occupied during the Civil War by both Union and Confederate soldiers. You can see a replica of Civil War Winter Headquarters inside the park.

Did the Battle of Bull Run happen on or near Bull Run Regional Park Campground?

The Battle of Bull Run/Manassas took place at Manassas National Battlefield Park, which is in Prince William County, VA. This battle was the first major land battle of the American Civil War. The Winery at Bull Run in Fairfax County is adjacent to the battlefield. People used to sit on the hill of the now-winery to watch and picnic before and during the battle. Bull Run Regional Park & Campground is 5 minutes away from Manassas Battlefield and the Winery at Bull Run.

Local Area

One of the best things about Bull Run Regional Park Campground is the LOCATION.

Here is an estimate of the number of minutes from Bull Run Regional Park Campground to popular area attractions:

  • Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center: 20 minutes
  • Mosaic District: 30 minutes
  • The Perch: 30 minutes
  • Great Falls Park: 40 minutes
  • Arlington National Cemetery: 40 minutes
  • Washington DC National Mall: 40 minutes
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon: 50 minutes

PACKING LIST FOR BULL RUN REGIONAL PARK CAMPGROUND

In addition to your regular packing list (clothing, shoes, toiletries, food, etc), you may also want to bring:

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hats, rashguards, and UV-protectant clothing
  • Swimsuits, beach towels, flip flops, and/or water shoes for use at Atlantis Waterpark
  • Discs to use on the disc golf course

TIPS/HELPFUL INFORMATION

  • Check-in is is 1:00pm. Check-out is 11:00am.
  • Bull Run Regional Park Campground feels safe and secure and was very quiet, even during our summer stay when most campsites were booked. We appreciated that rangers sometimes drove through the sites, monitoring the campground, during both day and night.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all parks in Virginia according to state law.

BOOK A STAY AT BULL RUN REGIONAL PARK CAMPGROUND

  • ADDRESS: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville VA 20121
  • PHONE: 703-631-0550 for the Camp Store; 703-350-1633 for the After Hours Ranger
  • MAKE A RESERVATION

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