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Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 13950 Dawson Beach Road, Woodbridge, VA 22191
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A great gem in Fairfax County

This Park is great! It is a hidden gem. Not much traffic. Easy walking trails. What I liked the best, was seeing a pair of Eagles, working on their nest. This was by the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 January 2017
MikeDavis1959
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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This Park is great! It is a hidden gem. Not much traffic. Easy walking trails. What I liked the best, was seeing a pair of Eagles, working on their nest. This was by the covered Picnic tables, by the river. Summer time has a batting cage and numerous soccer fields. Located near the old Lorton Prison, on Route 123!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

This is a fee area, so unless you have an annual pass, or really crave a wilderness walk, and are nearby, I do not think it is worth the entrance costs in winter. The paths are well-maintained, and the main path down to the water, and then left along the river is placidly pleasant. One can return to the upscale... More 

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Valrico, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the village of Occoquan. Are a great place to visit and plenty of places to eat or readily available. If you plan you trip properlyl you can catch the annual shad and herring run (from mid-March to early May each year). You can also visit the nearby Occoquan resivoir and watch training/practice for sculling... More 

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Nashville TN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We enjoyed it from the water, beautiful views in a peaceful space yet near to action if you want it . Hope to go again.

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South Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We stopped here for a lovely 'Wawa' picnic and to stretch our legs. I enjoyed the informational boards about the flora and fauna of the ecosystem. We wish we could have stayed longer; if in the area again I will certainly explore. This area possesses an 'understated' beauty. Natural and pristine. Some may find it bland or even boring. But... More 

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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We stopped in looking to stretch our legs after eating and kill some time. If you are a bird watcher this place is paradise, and we saw what looked to be several serious bird watchers. If you want a quiet place to take a stroll, this also is a good place. We enjoyed about 2 miles of the trails, they... More 

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Dumfries, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge has lots of long nature trails and a fishing pond, but not much else. I'd avoid this park during May-September due to the biting black flies.

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Buffalo NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

If your interested in nature, you should check it out. Saw some hikers but we did not venture in too far.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

amazing place where you can relax and connect with mother nature. the place is clean and well kept. amazing to take a nice walk and get some fresh air.

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Washington D.c.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

If you want to play some volleyball or take a quick walk near the water, then this is the place for you!

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