Do you have a favorite place in Northern Virginia?

June 16, 2010

If you’ve been a follower for a while, you know I’m a fan of lists. In the spirit of diversifying my wildlife locations, I’ve been researching additional sites to explore.

The following are sites in Northern Virginia I’ve identified based on websites and/or satellite imagery. I’d love some feedback if you’re familiar with any of these places, especially if any would be a waste of time (or private/restricted property).

Without further ado:

  • Fort Hunt National Park
  • Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
  • Mason Neck State Park
  • Pohick Bay Regional Park
  • Dranesville District Park
  • Turkey Run Park
  • GR Thompson State Wildlife Management Area
  • Claude Moore Park
  • Northern Virginia Regional Park
  • Riverbend Park
  • Dranesville District Park / Scotts Run Nature Preserve

Did I miss anything that is worth exploring? Let me know in the comments.

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5 Responses to “Do you have a favorite place in Northern Virginia?”

  1. rebecca Says:

    Turkey Run Park (!!) — need a guide?

    also like:
    Riverbend
    Scott’s Run
    GR Thompson WMA
    Roundtree Park
    Cross County Trail
    Wakefield Park
    Lake Accotink

  2. Renee Says:

    Mason Neck is a great choice! You can even see bald eagles there sometimes!

    Some sections of Bull Run Park can be quite secluded and worth checking out. I remember boardwalks back into the woods and some footpaths that would take you away from the areas most people went (in my memory at least – but this was 10+ years ago). We used to go down a long access road off of 29 past the quarry to get back there.

  3. Kevin Says:

    You can add Huntley Meadows to that list. It’s an oddly quiet place considering it’s right behind a large shopping mall off route 1. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley/

  4. Evan Dyson Says:

    Kevin, that’s one of my favorites. Check out some of my posts from that site: https://wildlifeinphotography.com/category/huntley-meadows/

  5. Evan Dyson Says:

    Some emailed suggestions I received (some listed above, some not):

    Occoquan Bay NWR
    Mason Neck NWR
    Mason Neck State Park
    Pohick Bay NVCP
    Leesylvania SP
    Dyke Marsh
    Ft Hunt NP

    Thanks to John for the ideas.


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