Woodmarsh Trail is a 2.7 mile loop trail located near Lorton, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 65 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

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6 days ago

Nice and easy. Shaded all the way through with pretty woodland scenery. We didn’t see any eagles or hawks at the lookout point at the end of the trail but it was still a nice light work out.

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21 days ago

This is an easy short hike from the road down to Kane's Creek. There's a lovely bird watching spot overlooking the marsh at the end of the trail. Watch for frogs coming and going along the trail!

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nice little jaunt. a little on the muddy side

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1 month ago

Nice easy family hike

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2 months ago

A picturesque 3-mile unpaved trail that loops through a hardwood forest, over small streams, and along a marsh. There is an observation platform with a telescope overlooking a marsh teeming with birds—we saw a bald eagle hunt for fish! This was the first national wildlife refuge established to protect bald eagles.

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4 months ago

A nice trail for a walk in the woods. Today, 1/11/2020, the trail was in good shape. A few slightly muddy areas from rain last evening. At Eagle Point we could see Tundra Swans (appx. 80) and a variety of ducks (Black, Mallards, Shovelers). We continued on and did the entire loop. It was a warm morning at 63F. It is not a strenuous hike, suitable for most fitness levels I think.

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Sat Mar 23 2019

Muddy after recent moisture. Some trees fallen and covering path. Trail well marked by Eagle Scout project.

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Mon Feb 25 2019

Easy walk. Was VERY muddy after recent rain. Some good views of river. Not sure if this is true when there are leaves on the trees. Nice viewing platform of marshes at end of trail. In February can see migrating swans.

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Fri Sep 01 2017

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

Wed Feb 24 2016

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

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Wed Nov 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.

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