When 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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