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A Little Solitude in the Midst of 3 Million People

One great reason to visit this month's park of the month Mason Neck State Park is the solitude found at this peaceful escape from over 3 million people.

Eagles at Mason Neck State Park

Mature American Bald Eagles stand guard over their nest

Just breathe!  That is usually my feeling every time I arrive at Mason Neck State Park.  If you are familiar with the traffic in Northern Virginia around I-95 or US Route #1, and you have not been to the Mason Neck area, then prepared to be amazed.  When you turn on to Gunston Road from Route#1 in Lorton, the craziness gives way to rolling meadows, thick forests and best of all, quiet. It’s hard to believe that in the “shadow of Washington D.C.” lies incredible pristine trails, wetlands, wildlife viewing and miles of unspoiled water front. I truly believe it is Virginia’s best kept secret.

Paddling program at Mason Neck State Park

Paddling program on Kane's Creek

Bring your bike, kayak or canoe or just rent one at the park. Make sure to check out all the great programs the park has to offer like the morning paddling expeditions, exploring the marsh, owl prowls and cloud watching, click here for more information.

Other sites on Mason Neck

Other sites on Mason Neck

Near by Gunston Hall, Meadowood, Pohick Bay Regional Park,  Elizabeth Hartwell National Wildlife Refuge make the Mason Neck area unique.  

Ed Clarke eagle release at Mason Neck State ParkEd Clark with the Wildlife Center of Virginia - Eagle Release at Mason Neck State Park

Mason Neck State Park not only has a variety of hiking and biking trails but as I said, some of the best wildlife viewing around. So much so, that the park celebrates the American Bald Eagle every spring with a festival in April. 

Getting ready to launch at Mason Neck State Park

An easy launch to the river if you bring your own boat

Fog on Belmont Bay at Mason Neck State Park

Early morning fog lifting from Belmont Bay

Mason Neck State Park is located in Fairfax County, Virginia just a short drive from Washington, D.C. Click here for a google map. Please make sure to check out my next blog on Mason Neck State Park, the August Park of the Month.

Published: 08/01/2014

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