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Bay View Trail (Mason Neck State Park, VA)

Like most marshy environments, the defining feature of the Mason Neck peninsula is, of course, the water that surrounds it. Despite being well upstream of the ocean, the Potomac River at Mason Neck still ebbs and flows with the Atlantic … Continue reading

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Dogue Trail & Meadow View Trail (Mason Neck State Park, VA)

The Meadow View Trail in northern Virginia’s Mason Neck State Park features an excessive string of bridges to nowhere, monotonous woods, and a less-than-exciting finale: an overgrown patch of tall grasses that supposedly passes as a “meadow.” That said, it … Continue reading

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Kane’s Creek Trail & Eagle Spur Trail (Mason Neck State Park, VA)

Today, Kane’s Creek is a quiet and peaceful estuary in Virginia’s Fairfax County that provides a habitat for dozens of species of birds, including bald eagles, ospreys, and great blue herons. Going back in time to 1964, however, and Kane’s … Continue reading

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Bull Neck Run Loop (McLean, VA)

Compared to other hikes in northern Virginia, the following 2.5-mile circuit hike through Bull Neck Run Stream Valley in McLean is a bit of a roller coaster: while mostly paved, the trail rarely stays level. The result is a minor … Continue reading

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Frying Pan Farm Park Loop (Fairfax County Parks, VA)

– Civil War Series – Frying Pan Farm Park in western Fairfax County, Virginia serves mostly as a destination for equestrians, school trips, and tractor rides, a family-friendly outing at a semi-rural farmstead. There is also a decent nature trail, … Continue reading

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Marie Butler Leven Preserve Loop (Marie Butler Leven Preserve, VA)

Marie Butler Leven Preserve comprises 20 acres in central McLean, Virginia, an arboretum created to serve as a sanctuary for native plants. Situated on the side of a 90-foot hill, the preserve is easily accessed from Kirby Road in McLean … Continue reading

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Pimmit Run Trail – Bryan Branch Rd. to Olney Park (Fairfax County Parks, VA)

The Pimmit Run Trail system follows its namesake creek along much of its eight-mile meander from the heart of suburban Fairfax County to the Potomac River. Unfortunately, the trail is segmented into three separate parts, interrupted by plots of private … Continue reading

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Pimmit Run Trail – Fort Marcy to Solitaire Ln. (Fairfax County Parks, VA)

Generally less rip-roaring than several of its nearby tributaries, Pimmit Run nonetheless carries a rather significant volume. It weaves gently through McLean, Virginia—a generally upscale Washington, DC suburb—for eight miles before emptying into the Potomac River. Unpaved walking trails flank … Continue reading

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