here for driving directions
to the start of the walk.
This walk will take you along the final route in this
section. The walkway in the former Lorton Prison area was not yet accepted
by the Park Authority as of January 2009 so all construction and clean up
activity had not been finalized. This walk offers an excellent chance to view
many of the activities available in Laurel Hills Park. Click here
for an overview of the plans for Laurel Hills Park.
- (South) The walk starts at the southwestern
corner of Silverbrook Road and White Spruce Way. Follow the asphalt trail
along White Spruce Way for a short distance to a point prior to the security
gates on the road.
(North) Cross White Spruce Way and turn right to follow the asphalt
trail to Silverbrook Road where this section of the trail ends. The next
section of the trail is directly across Silverbrook Road.
- (South) Cross White Spruce Way and follow the
asphalt trail as it turns right to pass between the gated community and
the former prison wall.
(North) The asphalt trail passes between the gated community on the
left and the former prison wall. It then turns to the left to intersect
with White Spruce Way.
- (South) The trail turns left at a watchtower
and continues to follow between the wall and the gated community.
(North) The trail turns right at a watchtower and continues to follow
between the gated community on the left and the wall on the right.
- (South) The trail turns right and crosses a
brick surface for a short distance. An asphalt trail connects to the other
(North) At the end of the brick surface the trail turns left. Follow
the asphalt trail from this point.
- (South) After a short distance the asphalt trail
swings to the right to approach the gated community.
(North) The trail enters an area surfaced by bricks.
- (South) The trail turns to the left and climbs
a short hill.
(North) The trail goes down a hill towards a gated community where
it turns right.
- (South) The trail intersects with other trails
prior to a retention basin. Go straight so that the retention basin is on
(North) The trail intersects with other trails at the end of the
retention basin. Go straight and climb a short hill.
- (South) The trail turns right at the end of
the retention basin. Turn left onto the intersecting trail and follow it
into the wooded area.
(North) Turn right at the intersecting trail that goes around the
retention basin. Follow this trail as it curves around the retention basin.
The retention basin should be on your left.
- (South) Go straight at the intersecting trail
and cross the bridge over Giles Run. The trail starts up a hill.
(North) Follow the trail on the bridge that crosses Giles Run. Take
the intersecting trail to the left that enters a wooded area.
- (South)(North) The Giles Run Meadow Trail intersects
here. Continue straight on the present trail.
- (South)(North) An abandoned freight car that
was found nearby is on display here. This section of trail was a railroad
spur that served the former Lorton Prison.
- (South) The trail jogs to the left at an intersection
with a service road on the right. It then turns right to continue in the
same direction as previously.
(North) The trail jogs to the left and joins a service road. Turn
right at the service road to continue in the same direction as previously.
- (South)(North) The trail intersects with a loop
trail through the Center Green. There is an interesting overlook area at
the far end of that loop trail.
- (South)(North) A trail from the Barrett House
intersects just prior to a tunnel under Furnace Road. The Barrett House
was not open when this was written but parking is available there for trail
users. Click here
for information on the Barrett House.
- (South) The trail goes through a series of turns
prior to intersecting with a restricted road. Turn left to walk down the
restricted road. There is traffic on that road.
(North) After climbing the hill on the restricted road turn right
at the marked trail entrance. Take a series of turns before coming to a
straight section leading to a tunnel under Furnace Road.
- (South) The restricted road intersects with
Lorton Road. If you plan to go onto the next section of trail cross Lorton
Road here. Lorton Road is quite busy with heavy truck traffic.
(North) If coming from the previous section of trail cross Lorton
Road and walk up the hill on the restricted road. Be watchful of the heavy
truck traffic on Lorton Road.