Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Seasons: All
- Site Contact: (703) 792-7072 email@example.com
- Site Access: Free, Daily
Site CPW03: Julie J. Metz Wetlands Bank
Forested, scrub, and emergent wetland communities create a natural mosaic with edge transitions that maximize wildlife habitat. A chip-surfaced trail goes through and around a relatively dry section of marsh. Viewing the larger marsh is more difficult, but worthwhile, particularly in winter, when waterfowl occur here in large numbers. A duck blind provides photographic opportunities. Arrays of songbirds occur here in summer and during migrations, and winter brings a full complement of grassland birds to the dry, grassy part of the wetland. A bird list is posted at the entrance to the wetland.
From the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, return to US 1 and turn left onto US 1 South. Follow this road approximately 4.0 miles to Neabsco Road/Rt. 610; turn left (east), drive about 1.0 mile, and enter the signed parking lot on the left.