Mason Neck State Park and National Wildlife Refuge

Lorton, Virginia

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The state park and adjoining national wildlife refuge, both on a secluded peninsula in the southeastern corner of Fairfax County, provide a protected habitat for wildlife and some fine woodland and shoreline trails for hikers. Situated between Occoquan and Belmont Bays to the west and the Potomac River to the right, the 1,813-acre park and 2,227-acre refuge consist mostly of rolling woodlands. The trails are generally well marked and well maintained, with those in the park using color-coded trail names. The trails are only lightly used because nearly all visitors head for the park’s waterfront visitor center and nearby picnic area. Be sure to stay on the trails, as some areas are striving to regenerate the woodlands and wildlife.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

The state park and adjoining national wildlife refuge, both on a secluded peninsula in the southeastern corner of Fairfax County, provide a protected habitat for wildlife and some fine woodland and shoreline trails for hikers. Situated between Occoquan and Belmont Bays to the west and the Potomac River to the right, the 1,813-acre park and 2,227-acre refuge consist mostly of rolling woodlands.

The trails are generally well marked and well maintained, with those in the park using color-coded trail names. The trails are only lightly used because nearly all visitors head for the park’s waterfront visitor center and nearby picnic area. Be sure to stay on the trails, as some areas are striving to regenerate the woodlands and wildlife.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Walking
Nearby City: Lorton
Distance: 2.4 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round, but best from fall through spring
Additional Use: Birding, Biking
Accessibility: Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, 703-339-2385, dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/mason-neck masonneck.org
Local Maps: Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, tinyurl.com/masonnecktrailmap
Driving Directions: Directions to Mason Neck State Park and National Wildlife Refuge

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