Belle Haven to Dyke Marsh

Belle Haven, Virginia

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Visit one of the area’s largest freshwater tidal marshes. Dyke Marsh is home to almost 400 plant species and is popular with birders. Leave the city behind as you enter Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, a large freshwater tidal wetland. The area has open water, marsh, and swamp, and is home to many plants and animals. Follow the “Haul Road” trail into the marsh. The river soon comes into view on your left as you pass by boats anchored around the Belle Haven Marina. As you make your way farther out into the marsh, you can hear the noise of the city disappear and feel a sense of calm descend. At the very end of the boardwalk is a field of narrow-leafed cattails that bloom in June.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Washington, D.C.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Washington, D.C.

by Louise S. Baxter (Falcon Guides)

Visit one of the area’s largest freshwater tidal marshes. Dyke Marsh is home to almost 400 plant species and is popular with birders. Leave the city behind as you enter Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, a large freshwater tidal wetland. The area has open water, marsh, and swamp, and is home to many plants and animals.

Follow the “Haul Road” trail into the marsh. The river soon comes into view on your left as you pass by boats anchored around the Belle Haven Marina. As you make your way farther out into the marsh, you can hear the noise of the city disappear and feel a sense of calm descend. At the very end of the boardwalk is a field of narrow-leafed cattails that bloom in June.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Belle Haven
Distance: 3.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Biking
Local Contacts: George Washington Memorial Parkway Headquarters, Turkey Run Park, McLean, VA 22101; (703) 289-2500; www.nps.gov/gwmp
Local Maps: See www.nps.gov/gwmp for a Mount Vernon Trail map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Belle Haven to Dyke Marsh

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