A Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area!
An Easy Side of Moderate 6 Mile Hike!
Those who live in Northern Virginia know too well the gridlock of I-95. Yet less than five miles away from the Lorton exit is an oasis called Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area.
This hidden gem is densely populated by numerous species of wildlife, especially birds! "Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area (SMRA) is located on Mason Neck peninsula in Fairfax County, Virginia. There are miles of hiking, including a universally accessible trail to Hidden Pond, two fishing ponds, 800 acres of forest and meadows, bird watching, and plenty of opportunities for picnicking.
The 800-acre Mason Neck peninsula, approximately 18 miles south of Washington, D.C., is also the site of Gunston Hall - historic home of George Mason IV, author of the Virginia Bill of Rights.
Cooperative management of this rural area provides 500 total acres for recreation while still protecting natural resources. Habitat is provided for migratory and resident waterfowl, bald eagle nesting, feeding, and roosting, and enhancement of species diversity for a variety of wildlife, including blue heron, wood ducks, screech owls, bluebirds, and tree frog, so there is a great chance that we will see a bird or two!
Also, interesting to note are that plans are to manage it to provide open space for recreation, environmental education, and wild horse and burro interpretation.
We break down into groups no larger than 15 hikers per leader/sweep team for a more enjoyable experience for all of us and is better for the environment. Large groups really take away from the hiking experience. This also allows us to offer a variety of hike paces and for this particular hike you have 2 to choose from which allows us to be put together with those of a similar pace. The pace you select should be not based on only your preference, but also ability needs to be taken into consideration.
Pace Option 1: A "walk in the woods" or "social" pace which is great for those who want to soak up the nature and/or transitioning to longer hikes and will be about 2.0mph.
Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5-3.0 mph (most common pace).
PLEASE put your pace preference in your RSVP so we can plan accordingly!
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City:Lorton, VA
Length: 6 miles of natural surface trails
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Modified Loop
Skill Level: Easy Side of Moderate
We hike rain or shine. Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.
If you can drive or want to carpool from any locations such as the DC area, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for where to meet for this hike.
Hike Meetup time is at 9:00 a.m.
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Fido Is Welcome on This Hike!
Please take the hike leaders number with you just in case!
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