hiking

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Mason Neck State Park is on a peninsula formed by Pohick Bay on the north, Belmont Bay on the south and the Potomac River on the east. The peninsula is an active heron rookery. The park also attracts several other migrating and non-migrating species of birds, including tundra swans and assorted species of duck. Bald eagles also inhabit the area. The park boasts several hundred acres of hardwood forests consisting of oaks, holly, hickory and other species of trees. In addition, several wetland areas are also found in Mason Neck. Land was purchased over the years from the Nature Conservancy. The park connects with a National Wildlife Refuge, which is more than 2,000 acres. The park opened to the public in 1985.

This was an nice easy trail. Did it with three kids (ages 9 and 11) and the dog. No one complained and I enjoyed it. The wooded part of the trail is really nice as well as the views of the water.

I went here with my dog for a hike once and a run another time! Some of their trails are perfect for a jog with well maintained paths (Dogue trail). Others are better a hike because they're less traveled with lots of roots. I appreciate both! My dog loves coming here and I plan to come back many times!

Well kept trails for the most part, great vistas of Belmont Bay, and overall a peaceful and quiet park especially on weekdays. I enjoy walking the trails often.

Took a family walk along the Beach & Bay Trail. So peaceful, great stress reducer from life in WDC. So lovely, just a bit heavy in seaweed.

excellent place

Not well marked, but the path is somewhat easy to follow...

Great easy trail. I saw a number of people out including small children. A great afternoon with scenic views.

Great trail, took my 7 1/2 month old and wife on the trails had a great day and it was a very peaceful park. the park rangers are all very friendly for being what look like college kids.

Great park with lots of trails. Most seem to be a bit over a mile and really well maintained so they are easy to walk with little ones. There's lots of wildlife by the shore and some great teaching opportunities with kids who want to explore. Some of the trails by the beach are under construction currently so you can only go so far, but in low tide you can get across some of the sand and further down the beach that way.

Multiple trails in the park. Most were around 1 mile although there is one outside the ranger station that you could take into the park if you dont want to pay. Took the kids (5) and (9) on the Bayview trail. IT was a nice walk by the river/bay and through the marsh (elevated board walkway). Park had relatively clean bathrooms too.

Extra links:
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/documents/data/day-use-guide-masonneck.pdf
http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Mason%20Neck%20Tear%20Sheet2013.pdf
http://www.virginiaoutdoors.com/parks/activities/mason-neck-state-park/Hiking/

Easy trail with good view of Belmont Bay. The trail fits families and adults.

Nice easy paved trail close to home. Easy get away with small children. 1.6 miles total. Be careful of the poison Ivy it is everywhere once you step off the paved path. Great running path for a quick run. Kid Friendly!!!! Overlook with lots to see.

5 stars for the beautiful birds :-)

walking
6 years ago

The trail is a nice walk in the woods. The path is easy to follow and fairly well maintained. Be aware that portions of the trail are periodically closed if Bald Eagles are nesting nearby. We passed quite a few other walkers on this trail. The opportunities to bird watch along the trail were limited due to the traffic.