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J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.


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.

From the Previous Site on the Prince William Loop of the VBWT:

From the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, return to US 1 and turn left onto US 1 South. Follow this road approximately 4.0 miles to Neabsco Road/Rt. 610; turn left (east), drive about 1.0 mile, and enter the signed parking lot on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

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

Seasonal Bird Observations


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