Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Mason Neck State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Not too busy, well marked, clean, good parking, helpful rangers, and decent bathrooms.

Nice easy paved path trail for kids and a puppy dog.

Nice hike to the observation blind. We saw a Great Egret and a Great Blue Heron in the march area!

hiking
11 months ago

Some pretty views when you get to the loop. A very easy hike. Great for after work.

road biking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Great paved trail with light elevation. Quiet-I saw one other person on the trail during both mid morning weekdays.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Easy trail though if you have knee issues be careful.

Had a fun hike. Gorgeous day to get out. It was pretty empty at 10 am. More people showed up after noon.

Some decent wildlife viewing, but trails are not very well connected and there isn't a lot to do for how far it is.

walking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

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!

walking
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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.

walking
Monday, July 11, 2016

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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.

Friday, April 29, 2011

5 stars for the beautiful birds :-)

walking
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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.

hiking
17 days ago

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