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14344 Jefferson Davis Highway, Woodbridge, VA  22191-2716      

DIRECTIONS: I-95 to Lorton (exit 163), left on Lorton Road, immediately right on Gunston Cove Road to Rte. 1, cross onto Gunston Road, 6-1/4 miles to Great Marsh Trail on right.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge was created to protect essential bald eagle nesting, feeding, and roosting habitats along the Potomac River. Along with active eagle nesting, the refuge hosts a rookery with more than 1200 nests for great blue herons.

Visitors can view the refuge along two trails, one through woods and one in Great Marsh. In the spring, wildflowers fill the woods as songbirds migrate through the area and various types of ducks feed along the creeks and marsh. In the summer and fall, birds such as egrets and herons dominate the marshes before many of them travel south for the winter.From November to February, bald eagles breed and lay eggs.

PARKING:  2 designated accessible parking spaces, located by trail head.  Parking lot holds 8 cars.  Accessible parking space 10 ft. wide.  Accessible aisle 4 ft. wide.

TYPES OF PATHS TO OR AROUND ATTRACTION:  Compacted gravel (asphalting soon) paths  accessible to persons with mobility disabilities.  Length of paths 3/4 miles.

ENTRANCE:  Kiosk at Trail Head.

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Portalets.  Available without steps.  Doors 36 in. wide, open out.  No turns to enter.  Wheelchair accessible stalls have 36 in. wide doors opening out, and handrails.  19 in. toilet seat height, 6 in. between commode and wall.  Unisex or companion assisted rest rooms available. 

For guests with visual disabilities:  Signs with contrasting background, printed on a non-glossy surface. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Site is National Wildlife Refuge to protect bald eagles and other migratory species of birds, mostly forested with trails leading to marsh view.  (can be cold and windy in winter).  No fees for use.  Open day light hours year round.  Big upgrade scheduled late summer/early fall to all asphalt surface.  Pets welcome on leash.

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