Suburban Virginia, 20 miles south of Washington, DC.
Meadowood is an 800-acre special recreation management area recently acquired by BLM for recreation and other public uses. The site contains a 50-stall horse barn and hosts a variety of ecosystems providing habitat for diverse wildlife, including foxes, deer, raccoons, rabbits, and groundhogs, over 100 species of birds, and various amphibians and reptiles.
From Washington, DC, follow Interstate 395 south 9 miles to Interstate 95 at the Springfield interchange. Continue on Interstate 95 approximately 6 miles to the Lorton exit (Exit 163). At the exit, turn left onto Lorton Road. Follow Lorton Road 0.5 mile to Armistead Road, and turn right. Follow Armistead Road 1 mile to U.S. Highway 1. Turn right onto U.S. Highway 1 and follow it approximately 2 miles to Gunston Road. Carefully turn left onto Gunston Road, and follow Gunston Road approximately 2 miles to Meadowood on the right.
Wild horse and burro viewing,birdwatching, wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding, and environmental education.
Habitat includes protected areas for blue herons, wood ducks, screech owls, bluebirds, and tree frogs.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Camping and Lodging
Camping is available at Pohick Bay Regional Park, approximately 2 miles north. Contact the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority at (703) 352-5900. Lodging is available at hotels located in the Springfield, Virginia, area, about 16 miles north.
Food and Supplies
Restaurants are located within 2 miles of Meadowood at the intersection of Gunston Road and U.S. Highway 1.
First aid kits are maintained at Meadowood. The nearest hospital is in Woodbridge, Virginia, 7 miles south via U.S. Highway 1.
The BLM Office at Meadowood is open from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, including weekends. Under the management plan for Meadowood, wild horses will be brought to the site for periodic adoption events. Eventually, the plan provides for a permanent holding facility for up to 50 wild horses. Contact BLM for current information.
BLM - Eastern States
Lower Potomac Field Station
10406 Gunston Road
Lorton, Virginia 22079
Tel: (703) 339-8009