Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge Trails

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Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge Trails is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lorton, Virginia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
416 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

sea kayaking

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

road biking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

excellent place

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

birding
Friday, October 23, 2015

hiking
Saturday, October 17, 2015

hiking
Friday, August 14, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, May 17, 2015

walking
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, March 16, 2015

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/