Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area

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Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area

The Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area is located approximately 25 miles south of Washington D.C., on the Mason Neck peninsula. Stretching across more than 800 acres of public lands, Meadowood offers 13.4 miles of hiking trails, 7 miles of horseback riding trails, 6.6 miles of mountain biking trails, and two universally accessible trails to Hidden Pond and the Outside Education Classroom. The site also offers two fishing ponds, environmental education programs, horse boarding stables, geocaching, picnic areas, trails, pollinator garden, and bird watching sites.

 

 

ABOUT

The Meadowood Farm was privately owned until the Bureau of Land Management, acquired it on October 18, 2001, under the authority of the 2001 Washington, D.C. Appropriations Act 1 Section 165 authorized a complex set of land transactions facilitated by Fairfax County. 

Managed by BLM Eastern States, the Meadowood SRMA is a key component of the parks, refuges, and other preserves on the Mason Neck Peninsula that have been protected from development. Meadowood SRMA focuses on three core programs: recreation, environmental education, and wild horses and burros. These core programs are balanced with the management of natural and cultural resources. 

HOURS

The hours of operation for the Meadowood trails and natural areas are from dawn to dusk daily.

The Bureau of Land Management's Lower Potomac Field Station located at Meadowood is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

WHERE TO PARK (DIRECTIONS AND ACCESS)

Meadowood SRMA has six parking lots for quick access to explore the trails, meadows, and forest. Parking is not allowed along the side of the roads near the trailheads.  


Access to the hiking and mountain biking trails and control line field:

From Interstate 95 South: Exit 163 to Lorton. Turn left onto Lorton Rd, continue under second overpass and turn right onto Lorton Market St. Continue approximately 1.5 miles U.S. Route 1. Proceed straight through intersection with Route 1, when the road name changes to Gunston Rd. Continue for 1 mile; entrance is on the right immediately after Gunston Elementary School.

From Interstate 95 North: Take exit 161 to Lorton, U.S. Route 1 North. Proceed about 1.5 miles to first stop light. Turn right onto Gunston Rd. Continue approximately 1 mile; entrance is on the right immediately after Gunston Elementary School.


Access to the hiking and equestrian trails and fishing ponds:

From Interstate 95 South: Exit 163 to Lorton. Turn left onto Lorton Rd, continue under second overpass and turn right onto Lorton Market St. Continue approximately 1.5 miles U.S. Route 1. Proceed straight through intersection with Route 1, when the road name changes to Gunston Rd. Continue for 1.5 mile and take a right onto Harley Rd. The parking lot will be immediately on the right side.

From Interstate 95 North: Take exit 161 to Lorton, U.S. Route 1 North. Proceed about 1.5 miles to first stop light. Turn right onto Gunston Rd. Go about 1.5 mile and take a right onto Harley Rd. The parking lot will be immediately on the right side.  

 

Trailheads:

Lower Potomac Field Station Parking Lot 

10406 Gunston Rd, Lorton, VA 22079

Mason Neck Visitor Information Trailhead

10110 Gunston Rd, Lorton, VA 22079

Giles Run Trailhead 

10207 Old Colchester Rd, Lorton, VA 22079

Meadowood Trailhead 
10324 Belmont Blvd, Lorton, VA 22079

Hidden Pond Trailhead

10705 Belmont Blvd, Lorton, VA 22079

Mustang Trailhead & Horse Trailer Parking

10702 Harley Rd, Lorton, VA 22079

 

Restrooms:

At Meadowood, there are 4 restrooms: 2 at Lower Potomac Field Station, 1 at Hidden Pond Trailhead, and 1 at Mason Neck Visitor Information Trailhead.

VISIT THE TRAILS

Meadowood is enjoyed by thousands of people from the local community, across the U.S., and abroad. Meadowood is known for its equestrian, mountain biking, and hiking trails. Hiking is allowed on all trails, there are designated trails for equestrian and mountain biking. Trail users should follow Leave No Trace Principles and trail etiquette while at Meadowood. Please share the trail and respect the other users. For directions to the trails, visit the Where to Park section. For more information about the trails, download the Meadowood Brochure

Hiking Trails: Hikers can park at any parking lot and hike on all the trails across Meadowood.

Mountain Biking Trails: Bikers can access the mountain bike trails at Mason Neck Visitor Information Trailhead, Giles Run Trailhead, and Meadowood Trailhead. Bicycles are not allowed on the equestrian trails. All motorized vehicles including e-bikes are currently not allowed at Meadowood. 

Equestrian Trails: To access the equestrian trails, park at the Mustang Trailhead Horse Trailer Parking.  Horses are not allowed on the mountain biking trails. 

Universally Accessible Trails: Users can easily access the Hidden Pond Trailhead to explore the universally accessible trails. 

National Scenic and Historic Trails: Meadowood encompasses the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail. Both trails can be accessed at the Mason Neck Visitor Information Trailhead.

*Please note that pets are allowed at Meadowood but must be kept on a leash at all times. 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND INTERPRETATION

Meadowood offers environmental education programs for homeschoolers, public and private schools, local 4-H groups, and community youth agencies. Programs consist of bird identification, fishing, habitat hikes, tree identification, Urban Leave No Trace, animal tracking, invasive weed removal, and many other outdoor environmental education activities. These programs provide diverse opportunities to understand resource management goals and the importance of natural and cultural resources. Contact our office for more information: 703-339-8009