Woodmarsh Trail is a 2.7 mile loop trail located near Lorton, VA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible from March until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This is an easy hike through holly and ferns, that features a Bald Eagle nesting site. The Wood Marsh Trail begins at a trail head and parking area just off of High Point Road. The trail winds through the through an oak and beech forest down to the Great Marsh. Along the way several small low bridges provide access across wet areas along the trail. The forest is especially peaceful as squirrels hunt for acorns among the dried up leaves in the fall. Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons and other wildlife can be viewed from the open areas near the end of the trail. Eagles as well as other birds are also frequent visitors to the marsh. A parking area for about eight vehicles is maintained by the Refuge Manager. There is a large sign describing the features and wildlife of the refuge at the trail head. There is a small wooden box located near the sign contains copies of the Wood Marsh Trail Guide.
Not well marked, but the path is somewhat easy to follow...
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.