Mason Neck State Park Beach and Bay

Mason Neck, Virginia

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This short hike features the water and marshes of the Mason Neck area. Look for ducks, swans, and geese, especially in spring and fall. Mason Neck is a peninsula formed by Pohick Bay, Belmont Bay, and the Potomac River, and is home to many types of birds including herons, bald eagles, and swans. It is adjacent to Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. The park has a series of trails, all very well marked. Several programs are offered throughout the year, including bald eagle–watching and birding walks, campfire talks, and animal tracking. The Environmental Education Center is surrounded by butterfly gardens, which create a spectacular show in summertime.

Mason Neck State Park: Beach and Bay Professional Review and Guide

"This short hike features the water and marshes of the Mason Neck area. Look for ducks, swans, and geese, especially in spring and fall. Mason Neck is a peninsula formed by Pohick Bay, Belmont Bay, and the Potomac River, and is home to many types of birds including herons, bald eagles, and swans.

It is adjacent to Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. The park has a series of trails, all very well marked. Several programs are offered throughout the year, including bald eagle–watching and birding walks, campfire talks, and animal tracking. The Environmental Education Center is surrounded by butterfly gardens, which create a spectacular show in summertime."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mason Neck
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Rd., Lorton, VA 22079-4010; (703) 339-2385 or (703) 339-2380 (environmental center); www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/mas.shtml
Local Maps: A trail map is available at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks; maps are available at the entrance gate and at the Environmental Education Center.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mason Neck State Park: Beach and Bay

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May 2018