Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Woodbridge

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge located where the Occoquan River meets the Potomac River in Woodbridge, Virginia, United States. The 644-acre (2.61 km2) site, about half of which is wetlands, was a popular tourist spot known as Dawson Beach until the 1940s, after which it was used for military research by the U.S. Army's Harry Diamond Laboratories from the 1960s to the 1990s. When the land was purchased from the military, it was temporarily called the Marumsco National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was formally established and renamed in 1998, and is now managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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  • Due to the pandemic, I've been on a quest to find public parks without too many people for nature walks or just to relax outside, I decided to visit Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge on a Sunday.....  more »
  • Near my house, so I visit frequently. Often you can see ospreys, eagles, geese and great blue herons. If you're lucky you'll encounter a whole group of wild turkeys. The wild turkeys are always there....  more »
  • I always wondered where this park was located, found it today. One hour is not enough time tho explore this expansive area. I was alone with just nature, until I was walking my way out of the park in the rush hour of late afternoon. In my brief time, highlights were; I saw an eagle crash dive into the bay and caught a fish. I saw two turkeys just strolling down the middle of trail I was on. I got very close to Peter Rabbit, quietly observed him in the middle of a trail. Then I got too close and Pete scampered off. Plenty of insects also.
  • Great hikes. You may take a loop in your car, or walk. Beautiful sights all around. Wildlife is abundant as well. Remember to take water and have fun.

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