Most residents of Prince William County don't know that Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge even exists. However it does and has since 1970 when the first 164 acres with access to the Occoquan River were acquired. Now comprising 325 acres the property is still closed to the public. For reasons that no longer make sense.
With its location at the intersection of Occoquan and Potomac Rivers it would be an ideal spot for bird watching. Both Osprey and Bald Eagles nest there. Opening the property is also critical to the continuation of the Potomac National Heritage Trail. Fortunately the Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge just a few miles north of this property is open to the public so Northern Virginia residents are not completely cut off from enjoying the beauty of the Occoquan River area.
Meanwhile the Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge sits with no trespassing signs posted. Waiting for someone to realize it's value to recreation and education in Prince William County.