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Mason Neck State Park, Lorton

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Mason Neck State Park is located in Fairfax County, Virginia. The park is on a peninsula formed by Pohick Bay on the north, Belmont Bay on the south and the Potomac River to the east. The park has an area of 1,814 acres (7.34 km2) and is home to bald eagles, great blue herons, ospreys, and many other types of wildlife. The park also contains white-tailed deer and many species of lichen.

Mason Neck State Park is one of the best locations to view bald eagles in northern Virginia. Sightings are most common in the mornings and evenings.

The park is day-use only, and maintains a visitors center that is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mason Neck State Park has cultural significance with two sites on the state and National Register of Historic Places and approximately thirty other identified archaeological sites. The Taft archaeological site was listed in 2004 and the Lexington site was listed in 2013.
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  • I've lived in Northern Virginia all of my life and never visited Mason Neck before. What I found exceeded all expectations! I'd heard that this park gets very busy on weekends and that parking is...  more »
  • One advantage of getting a Virginia State Park Pass is you have the opportunity to visit any state park you choose. We visited Mason Neck State Park on a weekday and found it to be the best time to.....  more »
  • Great hikes and playground for kids. Lots of great views and wildlife to see. We saw a very large black snake just of one of the boardwalks and lots of smaller snakes sticking their heads out of the water, as well as a plethora of different butterfly species. Kids loved it and we loved watching them love it.
  • Aside from amazing bald eagle watching, this park has great variety. There are both woodland and waterfront trails (some allow biking), and a boardwalk over the swamp. There are restrooms near the playground and at the visitor center. My kids spent have an hour in the visitor center with the displays and activities. There's a boat launch. No snack bar, but plenty of shady picnic tables so pack a lunch.

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