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Mason Neck State Park

Cultivate your inner history buff on the historic grounds of Mason Neck State Park. Captain John Smith first referenced this Fairfax County peninsula in 1608 as “Dogue’s Neck” for its inhabitants, the Dogue Indians. The area was later named by Founding Father George Mason IV’s family. As the inaugural refuge for the American bald eagle, visitors are encouraged to observe the surrounding sky for the wings of our national bird. Guests should also explore the land on one of the many hiking and biking trails, pack a picnic and bring their kids. Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are available for rent so you and your family can see the park from every angle. Don’t forget to look out for the many great blue herons and Virginia white-tailed deer. –EC / fws.gov/refuge/mason_neck


(August 2015)