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Ann Marie Maher

Executive Director  Discover Prince William & Manassas

The long, dark days of winter are coming to an end and spring is officially right around the corner.

This is one of my favorite times of the year to explore the great outdoors in Prince William & Manassas. From the mountains to the rivers, there are endless opportunities to satisfy any outdoor enthusiast right here in our backyard. Take the family for a hike through the Bull Run Mountains and join one of the monthly exploration programs offered by the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy.

You can also bike one of almost 40 miles of trails at Prince William Forest Park or challenge the family in a physical fitness test at Leesylvania State Park. Along the park’s  almost two-mile long fitness trail are exercise stations to test your strength, flexibility and endurance.

Or relax and enjoy a lazy day on the water by boarding a Miss Rivershore Charters boat for a guided tour down the Occoquan River. If you prefer baseball to boating, catch the Potomac Nationals opening day April 5 at Pfitzner Stadium.

Spring also marks the start of festival and fair season. One of the most beautiful festivals of the year is April 7, with the annual Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm. Wander through a carpet of Virginia’s bluebells along Cedar Run, spot butterflies and birds and enjoy nature activities perfect for all ages. Other planned events this spring include the Greater Manassas St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 9, the Old Town Manassas Spring Gallery Walk on May 3 and Nokesville Day on May 18.

This spring, I hope you take advantage of all the unique events and outdoor attractions we have right here in Prince William & Manassas. To get the most up-to-date information, be sure to connect with us at


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