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Walking the Trails in Meadowood Recreation Area in Lorton VA

Meadowood Recreation Area-Lorton VAWhen most Northern Virginia residents think of hiking in Mason Neck they immediately gravitate towards the largest park in the area, Mason Neck State Park.  It's a beautiful area and for anyone who wants to look for Bald Eagles it is the place to go.  However just a few miles before you reach Mason Neck State Park is the Meadowood Recreation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

One of the things that makes walking through the loop trails in Meadowood Recreation Area interesting is who or make that what you will find along the trail.  Like other trails in the area you will find plenty of 4 legged friends out with their owners.  In this case though the 4 legged friends are a bit larger.  Meadowood is a popular place for local equestrians to come out for a ride.

With over six miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, two fishing ponds, 800 acres of forest and meadows you can find plenty for any fitness level.  There are two entrances to the area.  The first is off of Colchester Road for the "west" entrance into the park.  The other entrance is on Harley Road and is the Meadow entrance to the park just past the BLM stables. There is a connector trail that allows hikers to cover the entire area of the park.

If you are looking for a casual hike and enjoy meeting a 4 legged friend or two along the way then check out Meadowood Recreation Area in Lorton VA.  And if you happen to pass this handsome guy along they way, his name is Calvin.




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Comment balloon 42 commentsCindy Jones • January 07 2012 07:45PM

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Cindy ~ Lucky you having those hiking and horse back riding trails to play in the forest.  I love nature and that would be a perfect spot for me to find my peace.  Mason Neck State Park would be a great place to flock to.

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) almost 7 years ago

Dear Cindy -
Two handsome trailriders - great fun!
We have trails here in Atlanta - I will have ot check on the "horse-ability" of them.
Have a happy day -
Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) almost 7 years ago

Hi Cindy...Spotting a horse and rider would certainly be one of the highlights of a hike in Meadowood.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 7 years ago

Cindy ....really nice localism post!

Have a great weekend!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 7 years ago

Cindy, that's wonderful for horse lovers to have natural trails to take the four legged pets. We have a log horse friendly trail in our area and I don't think too many people know about them. Nice Localism post.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 7 years ago

Cindy, I love trails!  I wish there were trails along every road in America - I would so be a walker than a driver! We have some amazing trails here too!

Posted by Jo Olson, HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County (HOMEFRONT Realty) almost 7 years ago

I think that would give Riley Rover a reason to RUN!

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) almost 7 years ago

Nice!  Sounds like the kind of place I would enjoy, and meeting Calvin would be a nice bonus.  Haven't been horseback riding in too long!  My family and I love turning off for some of the smaller, more "private" hiking trails and need to do it more often!

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) almost 7 years ago

Looks beautiful Cindy, and a wonderful place to enjoy nature at it's best.  Calvin is a "looker".

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

What a treat to have a place to go horseback riding.  Out here in the country it's not as hard to find a place, but you don't see a lot of riders either.  Nice treat.  Have a great Sunday!

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 7 years ago

Cindy, the Meadowood Recreation Area sounds like a great place to spend some time hiking. We will have to check it out sometime.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 7 years ago

Your Meadowwood Recreation Area is a definite benefit of living in that area.  Having a nice place to walk or exercise within the context of your community adds a lot of value to the area.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

June-Meadow Recreation Area is one of the newer hiking spots in the area and is one of the few spots close to my home that you'll find good horse trails.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Lynn-as a former horse owner seeing horses on the trail brings a smile to my face and makes me a bit nostalgic for my riding days.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Kate-passed 3 different riders yesterday either on the trail or headed through the meadow.  Perfect weather for a ride.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Thanks Rob.  We don't have as many great older barns as you do but plenty of hiking trails which is number #1 on my list of thins to do when I have a break in my schedule.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Amy-Calvin was quite the gentleman to share the trail with.  I love to hike and am always on the lookout for a new spot.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Ed-since this trail is next to the BLM stables and an area where there are a number of houses with paddocks it is well used.  Evidence to watch out for as you walk.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Jo-I agree.  Perfer two lane roads to travel than super highways but we are being forced more and more to get up to speed and go.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Great localism post Cindy!  Sounds like a wonderful place.                                                                          

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 7 years ago

Great story and it looks like a great place to visit. . .there is something about horses that people just love. .. 

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 7 years ago

Cheryl-I can remember my dog years ago when she first encountered a horse.  She was brave when she saw the horse from a distance but as it got closer and she realized it was much bigger than she was she changed her tune.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Roger-I would have loved to run away with Calvin...or at least trotted off.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Mike-certainly in your part of Virginia you will see more horses than we have in Northern Virginia.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Michael-none of the trails are super challenging though the bridge is out on the lowest section of the Thompsen Creek trail so you have to balance on some well placed rocks to get across the stream.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Morgan-we are fortunate in Northern Virginia to have a number of great neighborhood parks and hiking trails to enjoy all year round.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Jared-Meadowood isn't as well known yet as some of the other parks but suspect it will catch on next spring.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Fernando-I was fortunate to have relatives with horses when I was young and owned one as a teenager.  My daughter also liked to ride when she was younger which gave me a chance to ride again as an adult.  Wish I had the time to take it up again.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

I sure wish it was closer to summer because a good hike in the woods sounds great right now! The weather in my area has been so strange with the unseasonably warm weather that I am hoping we don't have snow in June or something crazy like that. Here it is January 8th and we haven't had snow in Sioux Falls yet!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

It has been a mild winter so far and I am guessing you have been taking advantage of it up there!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 7 years ago

Sounds like my kind of place.  I'd be on a trail every day walking if I lived there.

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 7 years ago

Hi Cindy  - We have park like this by us- just got back.Great place to let the dog off-leash to hike creek walk and swim. He's a mess but happy.

Horses are sometimes seen on the lower trails - and the dog always has squirrels to chase. He has just not figured out where they go once they dart behind a tree!

Posted by Andre R. Aragon, Real Estate Photographer (Greater Tampa Real Estate Photographer) almost 7 years ago

Cindy, For those of us whose primary experience to NorVa is I-95 and miles of traffic jams, the idea of some nice quiet areas with trails is quite welcome and maybe a bit unexpected :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 7 years ago

Rosalie-it's been unseasonable warm hear and I snuck out today after showings for another nice walk around a local lake.  I know the day will come this wineter when I'm forced back inside.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Barbara Jo-as soon as I finish up business I'm out enjoying the weather.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Judi-I'm fortunate to live near a number of nice trails and this afternoon I was on another one.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Andre-the squirrels in my area go just far enough up the tree that the dog can't get them.  I swear they sit on a branch and laugh as the dog jumps around trying to find them.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Bliz-we have quite a few off road areas that might surprise folks who are stuck on I-95. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

What a great place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon. If only we were close enough to go. I'd love to see more pictures, though... the one looks lovely. Nice localism piece.

Gretchen

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

What a lovely area you live in. I think the weather probably lets play outside most of the year? Calvin looks like my kind of buddy...solid and reliable.

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) almost 7 years ago

Gretchen-thanks for stopping by.  Next time I'm out I hope to get more photos. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

Leslie-unfortunately the weather took a turn for cold this week and my walks have been thwarted by a cold.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

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