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Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Great place to ride your bike to, get off and do some walking.

I live close to this attraction. I wish more visitors would come and enjoy this area more. It is... read more

Reviewed February 14, 2019
Woodbridge, Virginia
Great place to see birds and appreciate the marshland economy

The refuge is an underappreciated gem in the Woodbridge area. My husband and I monitor bluebird... read more

Reviewed February 12, 2019
Jennifer K
Woodbridge, Virginia
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  • Average7%
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“wild turkeys”(5 reviews)
“bald eagles”(6 reviews)
“bird watching”(3 reviews)
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13950 Dawson Beach Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22191-1417
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Reviewed February 14, 2019

I live close to this attraction. I wish more visitors would come and enjoy this area more. It is an easy area to walk because the flat terrain. As the other reviewers have stated there is wildlife to see. Not very active during the winter...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

The refuge is an underappreciated gem in the Woodbridge area. My husband and I monitor bluebird boxes there and have come to love the natural wildness of the refuge. We see foxes (and kits--awwww!), eagles, nesting eaglets, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, and, yes, rat snakes....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jennifer K
Reviewed December 11, 2018

An island of tranquility in a sea of traffic! A lot of nice flat trails along the Potomac. Great water and wetland views. Depending on the time of year, eagles, ospreys, hawks, herons and turkeys can be seen.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Great little place to go for a walk to enjoy the water and birds. Very quiet and serene. Have visited this refuge several times during the year.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank marjack01
Reviewed November 23, 2018

Wild turkeys, bald eagles, hawks and lots of chains, song birds and small mammals. Good hiking. Lots of bugs in the summer. Few now plus some of the birds have started to migrate for winter. Very nice peaceful and quiet trails. Some parking too and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile

Take your binoculars if you want to see the eagles nesting. Roads and trails we’re closed for the eagles. Some trash washed up from the Potomac. My wife picked up 5 ticks there in half a day.

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed October 29, 2018

This is a great place to spend the day, whether it be taking a quiet walk on the trails or taking photographs. In the parking lot, there is a pavilion with benches, so you can sit in the shade and enjoy the sights and sounds...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BirdingGirlofVA
Reviewed August 5, 2018

Wonderful hike! Quiet, solitary, nature-rich hike. Many options and trails. Lots of wildlife (and mosquitoes - to be expected in the summer). I will definitely come back. Very enjoyable.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank billamesj2016
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

We saw foxes, deer, turkey, bald eagles, eastern bluebirds, lesser gold fences and indigo buntings and my wife brought home 5 (five) deer ticks. The eagles nests block 1/3 of the Park from walking traffic so plan to do a lot of extra walking and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed June 18, 2018

A nature lover's and bird watchers delight. This wildlife refuge is especially beautiful in the fall with colorful foliage.

Date of experience: July 2017
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