Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge

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Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck
Location: Virginia
Type of Animal Served: Wildlife, Birds
Hours of Operation:
Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge is open year-round, including federal holidays, from 7AM - 5PM October 1- March 31 and 7AM-7PM from April 1 - September 30. Staff temporarily closes the refuge during managed deer hunts in November and December. Call the headquarters office or check their website for scheduled closures.

Pets must be kept on a leash and under your control at all times.

Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge provides wildlife a relatively remote area of upland forests and freshwater marshes extending into the Potomac River. Refuge habitats host over 211 bird species, more than 200 plant species, 31 mammal species, and 40 species of reptiles and amphibians. The refuge is home to Great Marsh, a 207 acre tidal freshwater marsh, and one of Virginia’s largest breeding great blue heron colonies. Common species observed include bald eagle, wood thrush, white-tailed deer, groundhog, and wood duck.

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