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J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve

Important Notices

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Forested, scrub, and emergent wetland communities create a natural mosaic with edge transitions that maximize wildlife habitat. A chip-surfaced trail goes through and around a relatively dry section of marsh. Viewing the larger marsh is more difficult, but worthwhile, particularly in winter, when waterfowl occur here in large numbers. A duck blind provides photographic opportunities. Arrays of songbirds occur here in summer and during migrations, and winter brings a full complement of grassland birds to the dry, grassy part of the wetland. A bird list is posted at the entrance to the wetland.

The Julie J Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve is part of the Potomac Heritage Trail, a National Park Service Trail that runs from the Allegheny Highlands to the mouth of the Potomac River.


Physical Address: 15875 Neabsco Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22191

From I-95 take exit 156 to Rippon Landing Blvd.  Turn right onto Route 1.  Turn left on Neabsco Road. Follow Neabsco Road just past Leesylvania Elementary School. The parking lot is on your left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Rippon Lodge Historic Site: 703-499-9812
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve (as reported to eBird)

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue Jay
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Carolina Wren
  • European Starling
  • Eastern Bluebird

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Viewing Blinds