Back to Nature in Fairfax County Virginia

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Real Estate Broker with CJ Realty Group, Inc.

Pohick Park Even when the weather is chilly there isn't any reason not to get outside and explore all of the great parks and recreation activities that you can find in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Though your week may include commuting on crowded interstates, metro rides or slug lines, the weekend gives you the perfect opportunity to take in the solitude of many of our areas parks.  Whether you are looking for one of the parks run by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the National Park Service or the Department of the Interior you can find a park and outdoor activity to enjoy.

 

 

Mason Neck State ParkThree major parks on the Mason Neck Peninsula are a perfect example of both the variety of parks and the cooperation of nature conservation groups in Fairfax County.  The Mason Neck area traces its history back to 1608 when it was recording by John Smith that he meet with the native Dogue Indians and charted the local area.  When George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights built his home in the area in 1755 the name was changed from Doeg Neck to Mason's Neck.

 

Visitors Center at Mason NeckFor most of the 1800's and early into the 1900's the area was used for logging of the native hardwoods and much of the land was ripe for development due to its waterfront location.  The discovery of a pair of nesting bald eagles in 1965 put a halt to most of the planned development of the area and instead a committee was formed of local citizens to purchase some of the land that now makes up the Mason Neck State Park.  Eventually local, state and federal agencies stepped up with funds and over 2000 acres were set aside as both a Wildlife Refugee and State Park.

The park is a National Wildlife Refuge and when you stop by the visitors center you will learn more about the variety of birds, including the bald eagles that you will find througout the area.  The playground overlooking the water is a treat for children, there is a 3 mile bike path through the woods and plenty of trails to explore. 



Pohick Bay ParkJust down the road is Pohick Regional Park run by the Northern Virginia Park Authority.  This park is one of only three Northern Virginia public access points for the Potomac River.  If a power boats aren't your thing then you can rent a canoe, kayak or paddle boat and head down one of the quiet tributaries off of the river.  Pohick Park is a full service park with no only the boat launch facilities but also an 18 hole golf course, a miniature golf course, playground and numerous picnic areasPohick Bay Park

Pohick Park is one of the few local parks that has rustic cabins available for rent as well as campgrounds for tent campers.  As part of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority residents of the county can also buy annual pool passes which can be used at any of the other NVRPA pools in the summer as well.   The park shelters an abundance of wildlife, including bald eagles.  As you are wandering through the numerous paths in the park you can expect to see osprey, heron, deer, beavers and occasional a rare view of a river otters.

 

 

 

 

wild burrosThe last park on the Mason Neck Peninsula you may want to spend some time in is the Meadowood Recreation Center run by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.  The 800 acre site has numerous well marked trails for hikers to follow throughout the area.  Also on this site of a wild horse and burro rescue and adoption facility.  Based on the number of free range wild horses or burros that the Department of the Interior captures in any year some are brought to the Meadowood facility and are put up for adoption.  Adoption requires that families meet stringent requirements and one year after the wild horse has been adopted and certified by a veterinarian to have been well cared for you will receive official "title" to your horse.

 

 

Best Park Sign

This is quick tour of one set of parks that you can find in Fairfax County, Virginia.  If you are moving to Northern Virginia and would like to learn more about the area, give me a call.  As a native of the area I can give you a tour  not only a new place to call home but other areas of interest for you and your family.

 

 

 

 

 

All of these parks are off Gunston Road in Fairfax County.  To reach them take I95 S, exit 163 to Lorton. Left onto Lorton Rd at the end of exit ramp. Go under second overpass and turn right onto Lorton Market St.  Go about 1.5 mile to traffic light at RT. 1.  Go straight through light (road name changes to Gunston Rd) and you will see the various park directional signs on Gunston Road.

©2008. All Rights Reserved. Cindy Jones
Wild Burro Photo From BLM Adoption Site 
All others original photos by Cindy Jones

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Cindy Jones

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Julie-thanks for wandering by.  Pohick is great for the entire family to enjoy and when the weather is warmer I'll be launching the kayak.
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Martin-remember if you come to visit you have to call!
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Kevin-fortunately there are a few places that the developers didn't get to. 
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Cindy - Looks like a great park. The wild burros remind me of the ones we had in Big Bear, California that used to wander through the neighborhoods of this mountain community, and gnaw on the side of my house! That herd wandered free, though, mostly on the outskirts of town. Good luck in the contest.
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Very informative post.  Love the donkey picture!

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