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Algonkian Regional Park (Loudoun Co.)
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). Via bus line: AL #30 – Duke St; WM #29KN Old Town-Vienna. .1 mi from Duke St. to bridge entrance
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)
From the junction of I-66 and I-495, follow I-66 W to US 29 S in Centreville. Take exit 52 from I-66 W. Turn right onto US 29 S, go 1.5 mi. and turn right onto Pleasant Valley Rd (State Rt 609), go 0.9 mi. and turn right onto Blueridge View Dr, go 0.3 mi. and turn right onto Hidden Canyon Rd, go 0.3 mi. and turn left onto Stillfield Pl, go 0.3 mi to 15077 Stillfield Pl on the left. Park in the neighborhood side streets nearest the front of 15077 Stillfield Pl. Meet at the entrance to the park to the left of the house at 15077. Avoid any parking that blocks driveways. There are several spots along the trail that could be under water. If there have been recent rains, recommend wearing mud boots or waterproof shoes.
From I-495, take VA-7 Leesburg Pike west for about 12.3 mi. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Va-637, Potomac View Rd and continue 1 mi. Turn left onto VA-1794, Cascades Parkway, go 0.2 mi. and turn left onto Old Vestal’s Gap Rd..Drive to the Visitor Center parking on the left. Wear mud boots if there have been recent rains. (Do not enter the park via Loudoun Park Lane. That entrance leads to the ball fields and community center and will require a walk to the Vestal’s Gap Visitor Center.) Via bus: LC #985 – Sterling to Wiehle- Reston East Metro, .1 mi to trail entrance in SE corner of park, weekday commuter hours only
6712 Blantyre Rd, Warrenton 20187 Take 1-66 West to exit 40, to merge onto US-15 south towards Haymarket (0.4 mi), then turn right onto VA-55 West. Drive 5 mi. and turn left onto Blantyre Rd. Proceed 5.6 mi. and then turn right on to a dirt road. Drive northwest for about 0.3 mi. to the first lake and park in the parking lot on the left. Meet your leader at this parking lot. Please do not drive up to the house and park there.
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) Via bus: FC #101 – Fort Hunt – Mt Vernon; WM #11C Mt Vernon, .5 mi from Ft Hunt Rd bus stop, WM bus weekday rush hour only.
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). Via bus: FC #301 Telegraph Rd commuter, .1 mi from Telegraph x S King’s Highway, weekday commuter hrs only.
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. Via bus: FC #161, #162 – Hybla Valley clockwise and counter loops , Bus stop near entrance of the park.
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). Via bus: FC #552, #558 Reston North, .2 miles from Hunt Club Drive, #552 is weekday rush hour only.
From I-495, take I-95 south about 7 mi. to exit 163 (Lorton Road). Continue 1.4 mi. west on Rt 642/Lorton Rd then make a left on Rt 611/Furnace Road then an immediate right on to Dairy Rd. Proceed to and meet in the parking lot.
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 22204 (N38 51.595 W77 07.343) Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: CGF15. Via bus:AR #75; WM #25B, bus stops near park entrance.
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 exit 163 (Lorton Road). 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 exit 163 (Lorton Road). 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
Neabsco Regional Park
15125 Blackburn Rd, Woodbridge 22191 From I-495, take I-95 south about 14 mi. to Exit 156 (Dale City/Rippon Landing/Rt 784). Take Exit 156A for Route 784 East toward Rippon Landing. Continue .7 mile across Rt. 1 where Dale Blvd. becomes Rippon Blvd, and then continue down the hill another .4 mile to a Stop sign, and turn right on Blackburn Rd. The park parking lot is then .2 mile away on the left. Link to:
Neabsco Regional Park Via bus: OM #RT1 Route 1; R1-L, DF-L, .8 mi to boardwalk from Rte 1
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 main parking lot, not the Information Center parking lot. Dawson Beach Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22191 (N38 38.772 W77 14.480) Link to VIRGINIA BIRDING and WILDLIFE TRAIL SITE: CPW02
Riverbend Park Nature Center (see Visitor Center below) (Fairfax County)
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