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Old 01-12-2013, 05:20 PM   #1
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Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA

We are looking to camp in the DC area in June, and are considering the Bull Run Regional Park near Centreville, VA. I have read reviews that speak of a shooting range there. I am looking for input from anyone who has camped there, and could tell me how loud the sounds from the range are. I ask b/c we'll be traveling with our dog who has problems with shot gun sounds. I wonder can you hear percussion in your trailer, or is it just some popping? Exactly how loud is the sound? I'd appreciate any insight. I don't want to stay there and go into DC for the day if there's a chance I'll come back to a freaked out dog. Thank you!
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:20 PM   #2
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Consider Prince William Forest Park. It is in Dumdries and one exit from Metro. Pat.
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My sister stays there very often and seams to like it. I've never heard her say anything about the sound of gun fire.

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We heard some while we were there, but it wasn't too bad. I can't speak for your dog though. I don't recall hearing it inside our camper at all, but we also had the A/C running.

It was sound only - no percussive element.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:12 PM   #5
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It's a nice location and a bit more centrally located than Dumfries, though depending on the loop location, the range is audible in daylight hours (not so bad in distant loops). If that bothers, I'd recommend Lake Fairfax in Reston. It's about as close to Metro, but without the range.
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Can't speak to the park you asked about, but: We have stayed at the Cherry Hill Park ( Cherry Hill Park is the Closest Campground to Washington, DC :|: Cherry Hill Park ) and think it is great. Best featurre is the acess to the public transportation system which takes you to DC. We had no problems there, and have recomended it to others who also were very happy. Happy trails.
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Another DC area campground option is the Pohick Bay Regional Park about 22 miles south in Virginia near I95. It has some full hookup sites. Eleven miles from the Springfield metro station.

Link: Pohick Bay - Camping
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We've stayed at Cherry Hill and found it to be very convenient to Washington, DC.
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Thank you all for you input! The reason we chose Bull Run is it seems closest in proximity to both DC and to Bethesda where my husband will at a conference. (He's usually the one who posts on here, BTW.) Thank you for your other suggestions. I'll check into those suggestions. From what's been described, and now that I'm thinking about it, the AC will most likely be running in June, so that would block out sounds of any gunfire, if we choose to stay there. Thanks again!
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Cherry Hill will be better for Bethesda access than fighting the big road from Bull Run.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:56 PM   #11
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A warning - While 495 from 66 up to Bethesda may be termed a even commute (not either with or against rush hour traffic,) if your husband plans to travel during rush hours; Manassas to Bethesda requires route 66 which at those times of day is best described as a parking lot. Most secondary roads as alternatives also are. I would also suggest you consider Cherry Hill for location if weekday travel is required.

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I agree with Ian and SO.

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Yeah, Cherry Hill would be much better for Bethesda. I-66 often has heavy traffic even on Sunday mornings.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:09 AM   #14
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Thank you sooo much for the input on traffic! Wow! Is that helpful to know! You guys have helped a ton. I think I'll be looking into Cherry Hill. I saw they had dog-walking services. That could be reallly helpful! Thanks again for your insight! God bless you all.
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