The Neabsco Creek Boardwalk is a new boardwalk trail that traverses the Neabsco Creek in Woodbridge, Virginia. This route allows hikers to walk for ¾ of a mile through magnificent wetland areas, and is part of the longer, 800 mile long Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. www.travelrows.com
Parking for Neabsco Creek Boardwalk
The boardwalk parking lot is still under construction, and not available at the present time. Parking along Blackburn Street is not permitted. However, visitors can park within walking distance at Rippon Lodge Historic Site, or at Neabsco Eagles Park. The parking area should be completed shortly.
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
This long-distance trail covers a distance of some 800 miles along the Potomac River from the mouth of Chesapeake Bay all the way to the Upper Ohio River Basin in Pennsylvania. The route links up a range of natural beauty spots and cultural and historic attractions along the way. The boardwalk is just one of the latest additions to this expansive and extensive trail network.
More info and pictures of Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail are here
More About Neabsco Creek Boardwalk
This project was designed to showcase Woodbridge’s most valuable natural ecosystem – the wetlands of the Potomac Waterfront. It allows visitors to the area to enjoy this biodiverse ecosystem and to enjoy the rich flora and fauna to be found there.
Neabsco Creek Boardwalk and the park on the map:
Neabsco Creek Boardwalk Trail on the satellite map:
This area is home to grasses and other marshland plants that not only filter pollution from the river and act as a carbon sink, but which also serve as a habitat for many wetland bird species, such as great blue heron, wood ducks, mallards, sparrows, red-winged blackbirds and many other bird species. Of course, these marshlands are also home to many other insects, amphibians and other creatures. Along the boardwalk, the intention is that visitors will be able to read information about native wildlife and plants, so as to better understand the ecology of the site.
In addition to providing access to this natural ecosystem, the boardwalk is also designed to link up historic landmarks in the vicinity, such as Rippon Lodge, and Leesylvania park, thereby allowing visitors to the area to appreciate the human history, and well as the natural history, of the county.
Ultimately, the plan is to link several parks, communities and other attractions within Prince William County, including the historic towns of Occoquan and Dumfries, Occoquan Bay and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuges, Julie Metz Wetlands, Leesylvania State Park, Prince William Forest Park and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
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The Neabsco Creek Boardwalk serves as an integral part of these plans, serving to bring visitors to a deeper level of understanding of, and appreciation for, this beautiful, valuable and interesting part of the state.