Monday, November 30, 2020

Mason Neck State Park - Enjoying Kid Friendly Hiking with Fun Kids

Last week we hiked Mason Neck State Park with friends. It had been years since we'd been to Mason Neck and I forgot what a little gem it is. We tackled the Wilson Spring and Bayview Trail, making for about 2 miles of hiking. This was the perfect distance for the kids. The trail winds through forest and swamps and there's no big ups to tire out little legs.

Shortly after the hike began we came across a geocache. The kids searched for, and Aurora quickly found, it. It was nice to start our hike with a win!

Midway thorugh our hike we stopped at the beach on the bay to properly explore the area. We marveled at the massive snail shells, and watched what appeared to be a duck-hunter doing his thing further down the beach. Shia even built a little sand castle!

I saw a number of hikers carrying big lenses, which is promising. My guess is that the glass was to be used for bird watching. We didn't see any interesting specimens this trip, but I'm sure they are there.

At about 40 minutes away from DC, Mason Neck is the perfect combo of backwoods adventure and family friendly convenience. I'm psyched to go back.

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