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Orienteering Hike @ Mason Neck State Park


Please join members of the Fairlington Social Club on Sunday September 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM for a orienteering hike at Mason Neck State park located at 7301 High Point Road Lorton, Virginia 22079.

Lunch @ the Fireside Grill restaurant after the hike at 12:30 PM.

You'll learn lots of the basics including how to use a compass and how to read topographical and orienteering maps for navigating on and off trail.

Orienteering is fun !

Orienteering is an outdoor sport suitable for all ages and fitness levels; basically, it's like a scavenger hunt in which you use a detailed map to find checkpoints that have been placed at locations marked on a topographic map.

Bring a snack for during the break.  Wear clothing & shoes appropriate for being outside for the day's weather.

For those wishing to carpool from Arlington, we will meet at 9:30 AM at the Fairlington Villages Management Office located at 3001 S. Abingdon Street Arlington, Virginia 22206.

Please be on time or be prepared to drive yourself.

It is about a half hour drive from Arlington to Mason Neck State Park located in southern Fairfax County.

Depending upon the number of people, we might need volunteers to drive. Otherwise, we will see you at the trail head at 10:00 AM.

From U.S. Route 1 in Lorton, Virginia head five miles east on Route 242 (Gunston Road) to the park entrance. Once in the park, follow signs towards the Visitor Center. The registration area will be to the left just before the Visitor Center, to the left of a large parking area and a playground.

The hike will start @ 10:30 AM.

The course is about 3 miles. I expect it will take us about 2 hours depending on how well 'hidden' the check points are (it will take a few minutes to find each one). Instructions will be available for beginners.

This is the perfect opportunity to get an introduction to using a map and compass for navigation.

Although this hike is a free event, Mason Neck State Park is a Virginia State Park and charges a $4 per car fee upon entrance to the park.

At 12:30 PM after the hike, will head over to the Fireside Grill restaurant located at 9000 Lorton Station Boulevard, Lorton, Virginia 22079 for lunch and cold refreshing adult beverages.



Orienteering requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control or check points. Originally a training exercise in land navigation for military officers, orienteering has become a sport for outdoor enthusiasts.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    My deepest apologies for not being there. I went to the wrong Park! I was at Pohick Bay. By the time I realized my mistake, it was too late to join you. I hope you had fun.

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to make it next time..was on waiting list for another meetup that opened up. Have fun!

    September 8, 2013

  • Lou

    Both courses a shorter than 5 K.

    September 7, 2013

  • Angi

    Last minute opp for sailing won out!

    September 6, 2013

  • Lou

    Bring a compass if you have one, but I have enough for both parties of orienteers.

    September 6, 2013

  • Lou

    I'll be wearing an orange hat, so you can find me at registration.

    September 6, 2013

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