Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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  • Seasons: All
  • Site Contact: (703) 528-5406
  • Site Access: Free, Nature Center: T-Sat (10-5), Sun (1-5)
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Site CGF07: Potomac Overlook Regional Park


This 70-acre park, part of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, provides access to the Potomac River, providing opportunity to view local wildlife. The oak, beech and tulip poplar woodland, along with brushy edges, provide habitat for a large number of breeding birds. As part of their interpretive program, the nature center maintains several captive birds of prey, including red-tailed hawk, barred owl and great-horned owl. There are also butterfly and native plant gardens. Be sure to stop at the nature center and pick up a trail map that discusses the historical aspects of the park.


Exit For C.F. Smith Park and return to Lorcom Lane. Turn right (northwest) and go 0.1 miles to Nelly Custis Drive. Turn right onto Nelly Custis Drive and continue for 0.3 miles. Here, Nelly Custis Drive becomes Military Road; continue 0.1 miles on Military Road. Turn right onto Marcey Road and proceed for 0.3 miles. Potomac Overlook Regional Park and Nature Center is at the end of the road.

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