Mason Neck State Park along with the Elizabeth Hartwell National Wildlife Refugee combine to create close to 2000 acres of tranquility within 15 minutes of the bustling community of Lorton VA and Fort Belvoir. The park sits on a peninsula of land with three bodies of water, Pohick Bay, Belmont Bay and the Potomac River creating the shorelines.
The Mason Neck peninsula is named after George Mason who's home Gunston Hall is just a across the road from the park. Originally the area was part of a 5,000 acre corn and tobacco plantation. Regular visistors to the area included George Washington who lived just few miles down river at Mount Vernon.
The area is known as one of the most prominent Bald Eagle nesting grounds in our area. This morning heading out for an early walk before the predicted rainstorm we only saw one Bald Eage. However we were treated to an array of butterflies, frogs and turtles enjoying the wetland portion of the park.
Taking a walk along the trails at Mason Neck State Park is a great way to unwind after a long week. Hope you have a great Sunday.