Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

Important Notices

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Description

Dyke Marsh Preserve features a well-developed wetland forest, expansive mudflats, and vistas of the Potomac River. Over 250 species of birds have been seen at this park. Like Jones Point, this preserve’s juxtaposition to the Potomac and urban environments makes it an oasis for wildlife. A trail runs through the wetland forest with an extensive understory that attracts fall and spring migrants. Red-eyed and white-eyed vireos, great crested flycatcher, and warblers galore can be seen in these woods after a massive migration event. The trail also runs adjacent to the extensive Hunting Creek mudflats, which is a great spot to view foraging shorebirds, and waterfowl. The lucky visitor can see up to a dozen bald eagles on the mudflats. Flowering plants throughout the site are also sure to attract a diverse array of butterflies.

Directions

From Previous Site on the Mason Neck Loop of VBWT:

From Jones Point Park, return to South Royal Street, turn right, travel 0.1 miles and turn left onto George Street. After 0.2 miles, turn left onto South Washington Street (George Washington Memorial Parkway). Drive 1.3 miles and turn left into the Dyke Marsh entrance. Turn left at the park’s entrance and park in the last parking lot for a good overlook of the extensive Hunting Creek mudflats.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: National Park Service: 703-289-2500
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Mourning Dove
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Fish Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Environmental Study Area
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Phone
  • Picnic