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