We'll wander through a mature second-growth forest, marshes and a beach along Belmont Bay on this hike through bald eagle territory. Stringing together several different trails, we'll cover about 6.5 miles. There isn't any elevation gain, so this will be an easy walk in the woods. Be sure and bring your binoculars.
There's a lovely bike trail that runs through the woods from Mason Neck State Park to Pohick Bay Regional Park - about 4 miles away. One of our members plans on bringing her bike so she can get in a short ride (8-9 miles) after our hike. So throw your bike in the car if you want to join her.
More information from the Mason Neck State Park
website: Mason Neck State Park is on a peninsula formed by Pohick Bay on the north, Belmont Bay on the south and the Potomac River on the east. The peninsula is an active heron rookery. The park also attracts several other migrating and non-migrating species of birds, including whistling swans and assorted species of duck. Bald eagles also inhabit the area. The park boasts several hundred acres of hardwood forests consisting of oaks, holly, hickory and other species of trees. In addition, several wetland areas are also found in Mason Neck.
Mason Neck State Park charges $4/per vehicle fee.
This free event is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are invited to join us on two events before we ask you to join Women Outdoors. You can join now by clicking on this Join Us link.
Registration closes on Thursday, February 21. Please include a telephone number in case we need to let you know about last minute changes or if we need to cancel because of the weather.