Hike through an old growth forest to a marsh that is excellent for bird watching and spotting Bald Eagles.

Just at the entrance to Mason Neck State Park is the Woodmarsh Trail. The entire loop is about 3 miles. This is a pleasant easy hike that is relatively flat with no rocks to speak of. The trail wanders through a forest and passes by a large swamp along the Potomac River. There is one well built observation platform along the way called Eagle Point. After this point the trail approaches the marsh for a short period then wanders back into the forest.

This is a good trail to take a relaxing walk and observe wildlife along the marsh. It would also make for a good trail run. The area is known for nesting Bald Eagles. The best time of day to observe them is morning and around noon time. But of course, all this is hit or miss. I did not see any Eagles during my hike. Still, this is a worthwhile easy hike.

Pack List

  • Light hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Tripod (if bird watching)
  • Telephoto lens (to spot Bald Eagles)
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RT Distance 2.95 Miles
Elevation Gain 100 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildlife

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Easy Walk

Well-built trail that would likely be usable after rainy weather. Plenty of birds and other wildlife to encounter, including some very large hornets that I goaded into stinging me. I don't hold that against the walk, though.


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