Mason Neck State Park
Lorton, VA
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: Mason Neck State Park sits on a peninsula jutting out into the Potomac River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The peninsula is the site of an active heron rookery and also attracts many other migrating and resident bird species, including whistling swans and assorted ducks. Bald eagles also inhabit the area. The park boasts hundreds of acres of hardwood forests and several wetland areas. It is immediately adjacent to another Chesapeake Bay Gateway, Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Visit the park and the nearby refuge to enjoy this scenic spot on the Potomac River.
Location / Directions: The park is in the southwest corner of Fairfax County, approximately 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
Address: Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road
Lorton, VA 22079-40101
Visitor Phone: (703) 339-2380
Business Phone: (703) 339-2385

For those with a valid Virginia fishing licence, fresh and brackish water fishing is available. Car-top launch facilities are available; however there are no facilities for trailer launching. The picnic areas include drinking water, grills, restroom facilities, picnic tables, and a playground.

Park interpretive programs include: beachcombing, pond studies, birdwatching, canoe trips, fishing clinic, active volunteer program, night hikes, teacher workshops, and evening programs. The Junior Ranger program is a three-day activity for children ages 6 to 11. It offers a hands-on environmental education experience that promotes stewardship and strong conservation, recreation and protection ethics. For those who like to hike, there are more than three miles of hiking trails that wind through the park providing a glimpse of nature by the bay. Elevated walkways allow visitors to explore some of the marsh areas in the park.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: The park is open year-round with most visiting from Memorial Day to labor Day
Fees: Parking/Admission: Per car weekday, $3; per car weekend day, $4; per car annual $33; per bus $12
Visitor Facilities: The Environmental Education Center provides an opportunity for teachers to conduct environmental studies in natural settings. In addition, the park participates in Virginia’s State Parks: Your Backyard Classroom program.The Elizabeth Hartwell Environmental Education Center features exhibits on the plant and animal life of the area, local history, hands-on activities, a resource library, volunteer exhibits and roving interpretive displays.
Size: 1,814 acres
Accessibility: Picnic area and restrooms are accessible. Playground is fully accessible. The visitor center is fully accessible. There are six handicap parking spaces. The park office is also accessible. A fully accessible paved hiking trail has breathtaking views of Belmont Bay. The trail is about 300 yards long and terminates at the accessible observation platform overlooking the bay.

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