Laurel Hill is one of the newest trail systems in the region. Once the site of the Lorton Prison, this property is now maintained by The Fairfax County Park Authority. The mountain bicycling club MORE (The Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts) has built about 10 miles of singletrack trails, that criss-cross open fields and woods among the original guard towers, prison buildings, old inmate work farms, utility buildings, and other remnants of a once large correctional facility. These trails connect in several places with the 41-mile long Fairfax County Cross County Trail (CCT).
The route shown here covers most of the trails in Laurel Hill. It’s confusing. Print out the map and just explore.
From the parking lot the take the 1.7 mile long Giles Run Meadow Trail until you reach the Fairfax County Cross County Trail (CCT) and take a left. Pass under Furnace Road through a neat brick tunnel and cross Lorton Road. Soon thereafter, pick up the Workhouse Trail on the left.
From here there are a number of different loops which are run clockwise. Keep left on the Workhouse Trail to the Pasture Loop. Cross the road and do the 1.8 mile Apple Orchard Loop. Return to the Pasture Loop and continue around clockwise to the 0.6 mile Power Station Loop. Continue again around the Pasture Loop to the Dairy Barn Loop, hooking back up with the Workhouse Trail over to the Slaughterhouse Loop before taking Workhouse Trail back to the CCT and back to the Giles Run Meadow Trail and your car.