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OSUDC Nature Walk & Bald Eagle Viewing at Mason Neck State Park

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Join OSUDC for a nature walk led by Ohio State alum and Host of Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast (VAOA), Jessica Bowser. Jessica will be guiding us on a casual hike along Mason Neck State Park’s most popular trails. We’ll be learning about everything from forestry to wetlands, all while looking for the Bald Eagles that call the park home. This is a family friendly event and open to everyone.

Date: Sunday, April 7, 2024

Time: 10am to 12:00pm

Meeting Point: Visitor Center

Location: 7301 High Point Road, Lorton, VA 22079-4010

The park is in southern Fairfax County, about 20 miles from Washington, D.C. Access to the park is via U.S. 1, then five miles east on Route 242 (Gunston Road) to the park entrance. Drive Time: Northern Virginia, half an hour (park is in Northern Virginia); Washington, D.C., 45 minutes.

Attire: Dress for the weather. We will be walking on dirt trails that may be muddy if it rains. Wear hiking boots or a good pair of walking shoes.

Cost: There is a $10 entrance fee per car to enter the park, the event is free.

General Information: Mason Neck State Park is just a short drive from Washington, D.C., this Northern Virginia park offers many outdoor activities and programs. It has hiking trails, 3 miles of paved multi-use trails, a large picnic area, a playground, a car-top canoe, kayak and paddleboard launch and a visitor center. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available. Bird watching, especially for American bald eagles, and guided canoe trips of Kane’s Creek and Belmont Bay are favorites with park visitors. The park’s wetlands, forest, open water, ponds and open fields make it ideal for environmental study and wildlife observation. Nearby attractions include the Elizabeth Hartwell National Wildlife Refuge, Gunston Hall and Pohick Bay Regional Park.


The Visitor center/gift shop is open Friday – Monday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The visitor center restrooms and picnic area restrooms are open until the park grounds close. There are no designated swimming areas. Kayak and canoe rentals are closed for the season.



April 7
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Rd.
Lorton, VA 22079 United States
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