The2011Fall edition ofMason Neck State Park as a destination to be seen.
If you've ever been to Mason Neck,you can visualize as the author paints apicture while she discoversher surroundings. From thescenic drive there, only 20 miles fromour busyNation'sCapitol,to the trails, the water, and the clear blue skies.The author, Loren Anne Barnett, visited the park this past June with her daughter Helen.
"Your breathing slows as you leave behind the urbanized metropolis of D.C. and Northern Virginia. Turning onto Gunston Road in Lorton, a sense of peace washes over you as you pass horse farms and undisturbed forest. Ahead lies an oasis. A pleasant change from what is usual. A refuge."
Read more asBarnettshares her experience at the park.
The Washingtonian Magazine also features an article on Mason Neck with insider tips for day tripsand family outings.
"Great Day Trips 2011: Birdwatch on Canoes…Lorton’s Mason Neck State Park is an ideal place to paddle calm waters. The park rents canoes and kayaks and offers 2½-hour guided trips on both ($15 to $20 a person). On the shore, it’s easy to spot great blue herons, ospreys, ducks, geese, egrets, and bald eagles."
Interpretive Ranger, like Ricardo Hoyos, can point out where to find the eagles and their nest's, on a guided tour.
There is so much to do and see! Call the park for more information on bike, canoe or kayak rentals…or just go for scenic hike.
Stop inour Visitor Center or callfor rentals (703) 339-8320 or email us for allother inquiries.
Click here for a Google map. Latitude, 38.654365. Longitude, -77.184114.
Visit the Explore Virginia Outdoors website for enhanced maps and video tours of Mason Neck's trails.
Text PARK75 to 82672 for updates on events, contest, programs and more!
(Applies to Mason Neck, Leesylvania, Sky Meadows, Shenandoah River)