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Enjoy Lorton Area Parks and Sports

Many opportunities exist for active fun in the greater Lorton area.  The benefits are threefold:  keep the kids active and entertained, enjoy time together as a family, and get everyone moving and participating in healthy activities. Whether you choose to head to the pool, or hike one of the many trails, the choices are almost limitless. Here are some fun activities to consider, right here in your own backyard:

• Ride on the bicycle trails at Mason Neck or Fountainhead
• Boat on Pohick Bay, Occoquan, Fountainhead or Sandy Run
• Camp at Burke Lake, or Pohick Bay
• Fish at Pohick Bay, Fountainhead or Occoquan
• Swim outdoors at Pohick Bay, or Bull Run
• Hike on the trails at Mason Neck, Occoquan, or the Cross County Trail.

For information on all of the Lorton and surrounding area trails and recreational facilities, visit the:


Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority website including Pohick Bay, Occoquan and Fountainhead at www.nvrpa.org,
Pohick Bay Regional Park,
6501 Pohick Bay Drive
Lorton, VA 22079
703-339-6104
http://www.nvrpa.org/pohickbay.html


Meadowood SRMA also known as Meadowood Farm,
Ph. : (703) 339-8009; Fax: (703) 339-3479
Email: ES_Meadowood@es.blm.gov
http://www.es.blm.gov/lands/meadowood/index.php


Mason Neck State Park, (charge for parking) http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/mas.shtml
Mason Neck State Park 7301 High Point Road Lorton, VA 22079 703-550-0960 http://www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/masonnec.htm

 

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Mason Neck National Willdlife Refuge
14344 Jefferson Davis Highway
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Phone: 703-490-4979
http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=51610 Fairfax
Email: FW5RW_MSNNWR@fws.gov

 

Cross County Trail http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/cct/ or

Gunston Hall even has a trail to the river http://www.gunstonhall.org/

 

Get Sporty

Team sports are a great way to elicit family bonding while having fun.  Inexpensive sports you can enjoy as a family include:

• Softball, baseball or waffle ball
• Kite flying
• Frisbee
• Flag football
• Miniature golf
• Volleyball
• Badminton

Attractions

Even non-sporting activities can get everyone active.  The best part?  You're having fun while doing it and don't realize you're exercising


• Tour Woodlawn Plantation http://www.woodlawn1805.org/with the Pope-Leighey house. http://www.popeleighey1940.org/


• Tour Gunston Hall (Home of George Mason) http://www.gunstonhall.org/


• Visit the shops at Old Town Occoquan, http://www.historicoccoquan.com/


• Tour the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens (Home of George Washington)

 

Outdoor Safety

There are a few safety concerns to be aware of when participating in outdoor fun.  Always bring water to stay well hydrated.  Bring fresh fruit, granola bars and low-fat cheese to snack on for fuel during active fun.  Wear sunblock when activities include prolonged sun exposure.  Wear light, loose, comfortable, moveable clothing and proper footwear for hiking, bicycling and outdoor sports. Bring a change of clothing and hygiene items for long days or possible overnight trips.  If you plan to be near the water or in the woods, don't forget the bug spray!

 

Additional Tips

For even more fun, go with family and friends.  As the saying goes, the more the merrier!  Plan a day trip with a picnic lunch and bring along a blanket and cooler with low-sugar drinks, low-fat yogurt, raw vegetables and sandwiches for a day of healthy fun.  Stash a box in your car for the summer that includes sports balls, Frisbees, kites, jump ropes etc. for fun on the go, any time!   For activities at a greater distance see; http://www.fxva.com/things
There's nothing like spending quality family time together, especially when living busy and hectic lifestyles.  Take the time to care for yourself and your loved ones by enjoying some of these activities and supporting the local community at the same time. http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/ideas-active-family-fun

 

 

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