From I-495, take Rt. 7 west 11 miles to Cascades Parkway north, and drive 3 miles to the park entrance, proceed on Fairway Drive turning left onto Volcano Island Drive, then turn right into parking lot. Meet at the parking lot beside restrooms and Park Shelter 1. 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling, VA 20165 (N39 03.687 W77 23.158) Link to: Algonkian Regional Park
Aquia Landing Beach Park, Stafford, VA
From southbound I-95 towards Stafford, take exit 140 to Stafford, then left (east) on Courthouse Road (County Road 630), go 3.5 miles and turn right on Andrew Chapel Road (CR 629), go 0.9 miles and under the railroad bridge to a slight left onto Brooke Road (CR 608), go 4.4 miles to the park entrance, continue past park entrance gate to the parking lot at the end of the road. Meet in the parking lot.2846 Brooke Road, Stafford, VA 22554 (N38 23.014 W77 19.193)
Banshee Reeks (Loudoun Co.)
From I-495 (Capital Beltway), take Rte. 7, or Dulles Toll Rd. and Greenway, west to Leesburg. Continue west on Rte. 7 to Rte. 15 South exit. Go south on Rte.15 a short distance to Rte. 621 (Evergreen Mills Rd.). Turn left on Rte. 621, and go 4-5 mi. to Rte. 771 (The Woods Rd.). Turn right on Rte. 771, go 1 mi., and turn left into Banshee Reeks nature preserve. Pass two houses on right; third house on left is temporary visitor center. Meet there. 21085 The Woods Rd., Leesburg, VA 20175 Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: PFF08
From I-395 take Duke St east about 1.5 miles to the park entrance on the right. Follow entrance road to the parking lot. Meet at the pond. 4800 Brenman Park Drive, Alexandria, VA 22804 (N38 48.547 W77 06.771)
Take I-66 West to Rt. 17 North (Exit 23, sign says Delaplane/Paris). Follow Route 17 North to its junction with Route 50 West at a traffic light. Turn left onto Route 50/17, the Arboretum is approximately 7 miles on the left, about 3 miles past the Shenandoah River. 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620 (N38 04.156 W78 03.724) Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: MFR06
Bles Park(Loudoun County)
Take Rt 7 west to Loudoun County Pkwy. Turn right onto Loudon County Pkwy and proceed 0.2 mi. Turn right onto George Washington Blvd and go 0.8 mi. to Riverside Pkwy. Turn left and proceed 1.1 mi. to park entrance at 44830 Riverside Pkwy. Meet at parking lot.
From I-495, exit onto Chain Bridge Rd (VA-123) toward Vienna. Continue on Maple Ave (still 123) in Vienna, turn onto Beulah Road. Continue for about one mile until a left turn onto Clark’s Crossing Road. Continue to the end of Clark’s Crossing and park at the parking lot overlooking the W&OD Trail. (No address.)
The Blue Ridge Center is 2 miles from the Potomac River in northwest Loudoun County, Va., 18 miles from Leesburg, Va., 15 miles from Frederick, Md., and 5 miles from Harpers Ferry, W.Va. From Leesburg: Go west on U.S. 7, right on Rt. 9., then right on Rt. 671/Harpers Ferry Rd. Go 6 miles to the Blue Ridge Center entrance on the left, just past the Neersville Fire Station. From Frederick: Go south on U.S. 340. Cross the Potomac River and go left on Rt. 671/Harpers Ferry Rd. Go 2 miles to Blue Ridge Center entrance on right. 11661 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville, VA 20132 See map<HERE>. (N39 17.638 W77 43.416) Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: PFF01
From I-95: Take Rt. 234 North (Exit 152B); travel 7.5 miles and make a left onto Independent Hill Drive. Then make immediate right ont Rt 619 (Bristow Road). Travel 7 miles and turn left onto Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. The parking lot is located on your left at the traffic circle. From I-66; Take Rt. 234 South (Exit 44). Travel 4.5 miles and turn right onto Rt. 28 (Nokesville Road). Travel 1.5 miles and turn left onto Rt. 619 (Bristow Road). Travel 0.25 miles, turn right onto Iron Brigade Unit Avenue and continue to parking lot. 10708 Bristow Rd, Bristow, VA 20136. Meet in parking lot. (N38 43.647 W77.32.646)
From I-495, take exit 54 west (Braddock Road). Stay in right lane if you are coming from the North. On Braddock Road, go 1.5 miles and turn left onto Burke Lake Road. Go 4.7 miles and turn left onto Route 123 (Ox Road). Turn left at second traffic light (big parking signs) and then turn left immediately after the entrance booth. Park in the first lot on the right (by the mini-golf course) 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (N38 45.793 W77 18.338)
Conway Robinson State Forest
From I-495, take I-66 west 27.6 mi. to exit 43B, US-29 North in Gainesville. Continue on US-29 for .4 mi, turn left into access road to parking area. There is a small parking area adjacent Route 29-S which can accommodate approximately 10 cars. Additional parking is permitted along the entrance/exit road unless it restricts through traffic. 12816 Lee Hwy, Gainesville 20155 (38° 48’ 12.6”, 77° 35’ 16.7”)
Daniels Run Park (Fairfax Co.)
From the Capital Beltway, take US 50 W 2.7 mi to Fairfax Circle. Exit the circle SW on Old Lee Highway. In 1.2 mi, turn left on Old Post Rd (just past Historic Blenheim on the right). Drive 1 ½ blocks to the Country Club Hills pool parking lot at end of the street. We have walk-day permission to park in the lot. 3622 Old Post Rd, Fairfax 22031 (N38 51.108 W77 17.471)
From Alexandria, take George Washington Parkway south. Cross beltway, continue 1.2 miles to Belle Haven Park entrance on the left. Meet at south parking lot. (Friends of Dyke Marsh lead a walk into Dyke Marsh every Sunday at 8:00 am all year long.) 6401 GW Memorial Parkway, Alexandrai, VA 22307 (N38 46.857 W77 03.188)
From I-95, take Rte. 50 west one mile to Prosperity Avenue. Left onto Prosperity, go one mile to parking lot on left. 3401 Prosperity Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031 (N38 51.254 W77 14.738)
From I-495 east, take Exit 72 (Spout Run Pkwy.). At traffic light, turn right on Lee Hwy. At successive traffic lights, turn left onto Spout Run Pkwy., then left onto Lorcom Lane, then right onto Fillmore St. Go one block on Fillmore, turn right onto N. 24th St. (watch for speed humps), and continue to park on left at 2411 N. 24th St. Meet in parking lot at east end of park. [Alternate route from Alexandria: Take G.W. Pkwy. north, take left exit onto Spout Run, then right exit onto Lorcom Lane, and follow remaining directions above.] 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington, VA 22031 (N38 54.054 W77 05.412) Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: CGF06
Great Falls Park (Fairfax Co.)
From I-495, take Rte. 193 (Georgetown Pike) west 4 mi. to traffic light at Old Dominion Dr. Turn right and go about 0.8 mi. to park entrance station. Continue straight ahead to parking lot beyond the Visitor Center. Meet at Visitor Center. US fee area. 9200 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, VA 22101 Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: CGF10
From I-495, take Rt 1 south 0.5 mi to Rt 633 (S. Kings Hwy). Turn right (west); go 2.5 mi. to park entrance and lot on left (just beforeTelegraph Rd.). (N38 46.037 W77 07.221)
From I-495, take Rt 1 south 3 mi. to Lockheed Blvd. Turn right on Lockheed Blvd. and go 0.5 mi. to Harrison Lane to park entrance on left. Meet in parking lot. (N38 45.450 W77 05.904) 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306 Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: CMN04
From either Hwy 1 or Washington Blvd. (George Washington Memorial Parkway) in Alexandria, turn east on Franklin Street (one-way eastbound), then turn right on South Royal Street, then turn left on Jones Point Drive and continue to parking lot next to the playground. Meet in parking lot. (N38 47.613 W77 02.513)
From I-95, take Rt 644 (Old Keene Mill Rd) west to Backlick Rd.Take Backlick north approx. 1 mile to Highland St. (look for brown park sign). Turn left onto Highland St. Follow signs to Lake Accotink; take Accotink Park Rd past visitor center to parking lot near railroad trestle. The walk will start from the carousel near the lakeside parking lot. 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA 22150 (N38 47.616 W77 12.933)
From I-495, take Rt 7 west (Leesburg Pike) for 7.2 miles, turn left on Baron Cameron Ave. In 0.3 miles, turn left on Lake Fairfax Drive then go 0.7 miles to the parking lot just past the Visitor Center on the right. Meet in the parking lot just south (below) of the Visitor Center. 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston, VA 2190 (N38 57.915 W77 18.960)
From I-495, take I-95 south about 14 mi. to Exit 156 (Dale City/Rippon Landing/Rte. 784). Following the posted highway signs for Leesylvania State Park, exit east on Rte. 784. Proceed eastward 1.1 mi. to US Rte. 1. Turn right (south) on Rte. 1 and go 0.9 miles to Neabsco Road. Immediately past the Wawa service station, turn left (east) on Neabsco Rd. and proceed 2 mi. to park entrance on right. After passing through the park entrance gate, go 2.2 miles to end of paved road and park in “Picnic Area” parking lot, immediately before turn-around circle at fishing pier. State fee area. (N38 35.464 W77 14.960) 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22191 Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITES: CPW03 and CPW04
From I-495, take I-66 west 24 mi. to exit 40 (Rt 15). Turn south onto Rt 15 (toward Haymarket) and go 0.3 mi. to Rt 55. Turn right onto Rt 55 and go 1.7 mi. to Thoroughfare Rd. Turn left onto Thoroughfare and go 0.3 mi. There are parking lots on both sides of the road. We will meet in the right hand (west) parking lot. The left hand (east) parking lot can be used for overflow parking. (N38 48.992 W77 40.496) The address is 16283 Thoroughfare Road, Haymarket, VA, 20169.
Rte. 50, east from Fairfax or west from Rosslyn, to Carlin Springs exit. South on Carlin Spgs. 0.5 mi. to Nature Center on left, just south of N. Va. Community Hospital on left. Meet at Nature Ctr. parking lot. 625 Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington, VA 22205 (N38 51.595 W77 07.343) Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: CGF15
Meet at the Cracker Barrel, 10801 Battlefield Pkwy., just north of the intersection of I-66 and Rte. 234. US fee area. Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: CBR08
From I-495, take I-95 south 7 mi. to Lorton exit. Left on Rte. 642 to Rte. 1. Right on Rte. 1 to Rte. 242 (Gunston Rd.). Left on Rte. 242; go 4 mi. to Mason Neck Mgmt. Area. Turn right; follow paved road to end at State Park Visitor Center; meet there. State fee area. High Point Road, Lorton, VA 22079 Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: CMN08
Meadowood (Fairfax County)
From I-495, take I-95 south 7 miles to Lorton exit. Turn left on Route 642. Immediately after passing under RR tracks, (1/4 mile) turn right on Lorton Market Road, which soon becomes Gunston Cove Road. After crossing Route 1, road becomes Gunston Road. Go 1.8 miles to 10406 Gunston Road. (BLM, Lower Potomac Station Office). Park on the right next to the horse barns just before the field station building. 10406 Gunston Rd., Lorton, VA 22079 Link to: SPECIAL RECREATION AREA
Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area (Prince William Co.)
From the I-395 & I-95 (Beltway) junction, go south on I-95 approximately 17 miles to Dumfries Road (VA 234). Turn right (west) on Dumfries Road, go a little over 6 miles, and, just before arriving in Independent Hill, turn left (south-west) on VA 642 (Aden Road). Proceed approximately 6 miles on VA 642 to the stop sign in Aden, and then turn left (south) on Fleetwood Drive (VA 611). Proceed 1 mile south from stop sign and turn left (east) on Deepwood Lane (VA 645). Continue past WMA entrance gate at 0.3 miles to very end of Deepwood Lane. Park in Cedar Run parking area (not North parking area). Wear footgear appropriate to damp grassy paths. Restroom facilities may not be available. Link to: MERRIMAC FARM WMA
From I-495, take I-95 south 9 mi. to (left) Exit 161 (Woodbridge). South on Rte. 1 about 2 mi. to Dawson Beach Rd. Go left on Dawson Beach 0.7 mi. to entrance gate. Trip will meet in parking lot. Bring scope. U.S. fee area. Dawson Beach Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22191 (N38 38.772 W77 14.480) Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: CPW02
Call the leader, Joanna Taylor, 703/243-5989, for location and time of meeting.
From intersection of Georgetown Pk (Rt 193) and Old Dominion Dr (Rt 738) take Georgetown Pk west about ¼ mile to traffic light at Riverbend Rd. Turn right onto Riverbend; go 2 mi. to Jeffery Rd. Turn right and stay on Jeffery about 1.5 mi., past the main park entrance. Jeffery makes a sharp right turn and dead ends in the Nature Center parking lot. (N39 01.237 W77 15.026) Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: CGF11
From intersection of Georgetown Pk (Rt 193) and Old Dominion Dr (Rt 738) take Georgetown Pk west about 0.25 mi. to traffic light at Riverbend Rd. Turn right onto Riverbend; go 2 mi. to Jeffery Rd. Turn right and go 0.8 mi. to main park entrance sign on right. Turn right and continue 0.5 mi. to Visitor Center parking lot. Meet in front of Visitor Center. 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls, VA 22066 (N39 01.118 W77 14.793)
Special meeting place: 10154 Harry J Parrish Blvd. From I-66 west, take exit 47A toward Manassas and merge onto Rt 234 (Sudley Rd). Continue on Rt 234 for 0.9 mi. to Sudley Manor Dr. Turn right and continue on Sudley Manor for 1.8 mi. Turn left onto Prince William Pkwy (Rt 234 Bypass) can continue for 3.9 mi. turn right into Cloverhill Rd and continue for .3 mi. Take first right onto Harry J Parrish Blvd to the Green Front Furniture parking lot.
Royal Lake – Lakeside Park
From I-495, take exit to VA-620 (Braddock Rd) and continue on Braddock Rd for 2.36 mi. Turn left onto Rt 651, Guinea Rd continue .64 mi. and stay straight at intersection onto Commonwealth Blvd (do not turn left to follow Guinea Rd) for .4 mi. Turn left on Pommeroy Dr and then turn right at the intersection with Bronte Dr to the entrance leading to parking lot. 5216 Pommeroy Dr, Fairfax 22032
Shenandoah River Camp at Cool Springs Battle Field
From the 495 Beltway in Tyson’s Corner, take the VA-267 West (Dulles Toll Road) to Leesburg for 36.8 miles; take exit 1A from VA-267 West and merge onto US-15 South / VA-7 West/ Leesburg Bypass for 3.3 miles; continue straight to stay on VA-7 West for 17.1 miles; after passing Snicker’s Gap but just before the Shenandoah River Bridge, turn right at Parker Lane (F709) then go 1.4 miles to the parking lot.
To avoid the Dulles Toll Road, from the 495 Beltway in Tyson’s Corner, take VA-7 West (Leesburg Pike) to Leesburg for 47.2 miles, after passing Snicker’s Gap but just before the Shenandoah River Bridge, turn right at Parker Lane (F709) then go 1.4 miles to the parking lot.
From I-495, take I-66 west 24 mi. to exit 40 (Rt 15). Turn south onto Rt 15 (toward Haymarket) and go 0.3 mi. to Rt 55. Turn right onto Rt 55 and go 0.9 mi. to Antioch Rd. Turn right onto Antioch and go 1.3 mi. to Silver Lake Rd. Turn right and proceed to park entrance at 16198 Silver Lake Rd., Haymarket, VA 20169 (N38 50.713 W77 40.035)
From I-495, take I-66 west 42 mi. to exit for Rte. 17 north (Delaplane/Paris). North on Rte. 17 6.5 mi. to Rte. 710. Left into park; go 1 mi. to Visitor Center parking lot. Bring lunch. State fee area. Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: MFR03
Weather permitting, we will hold the swift watch this Sunday. Meeting time is listed as 7:00, but 7:15 is plenty of time. The watch is near the Walter Reed Community Center in South Arlington at the intersection of 16th St S and S Edgewood St..
Directions: The easiest way to get there is to take Columbia Pike (Rt. 244) and turn onto S. Barton St, right if you are heading toward Washington, left if you are heading away from Washington. Follow S. Barton St. until it makes a right angle turn and becomes 16th St. S. The intersection with Edgewood is at the top of the rise. If you are coming from the south on Glebe Rd., turn right onto Walter Reed Dr. and then right on 16th. There is
parking at the Walter Reed Center and on Edgewood St. Please remember that this is a residential area, so we need to be as considerate about our parking and milling around as possible. Please do not park in reserved parking places.
After the swifts have done their thing we will depart in search of
nighthawks at the Air Force Memorial which is easily reached by going down Columbia Pike towards Washington. We may have to carpool because the gate to the parking area is now closed at night.
From I-495, take I-66 west 51 mi. to Linden exit (Rte. 79). Go left (south) from exit ramp on Rte. 79 approx. 1000 ft. to Rte. 55. Turn left (east) on Rte. 55; go 1.2 mi. to Rte. 638 (Freezeland Rd.). Turn left (north) onto Rte. 638. Follow Rte. 638 5.3 mi. to Trillium Trail Parking Area on right (look for sign on kiosk). Parking Area is about 0.5 mi. beyond radio towers. Meet there. (N38 57.815 W78 01.191) Note: each participant must have an Access Permit issued by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. You can purchase a permit online at www.dgif.virginia.gov , by telephone at 1-866-721-6911 , or from a license agent—a list of license agents is on the DGIF website. You cannot get a permit at Thompson WMA.
11450 Glade Drive, Reston, VA 20191. From VA-267 W/Dulles Toll Road take exit 14 (Hunter Mill Road/VA-674). Turn left onto Hunter Mill Rd (VA-674), right onto Sunrise Valley Drive, left onto S Lakes Drive, left onto Twin Branches Rd. Then take third right onto Glade Drive. (N38.928072 W77.341311)
An eXtreme trip is a full day trip within 2 to 2½ hours driving from Northern Virginia. The goal is to expand trips beyond our traditional locations and explore other popular birding areas in the Mid-Atlantic region. See latest Siskin for more details. Call leaders for reservations and additional directions.