Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge - image copyright Walter Sanford

Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge

Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge is a 1,200-acre nature preserve on the grounds of Fort Belvoir that offers trails through deciduous forests to the bay below. The forests in the Refuge attract a wide variety of spring and fall migrant bird species. Accotink Bay also attracts a variety of shorebirds, waterfowl, and offers an ideal hunting ground for nesting ospreys.

An informational kiosk adjacent to the parking lot offers trail maps, a bird list and a guide to facilitated programs. Visitors can also contact the Environmental Education Center for a list of programs.

A government identification or a daily visitor's pass is required to access the installation. A valid picture ID must be presented at the Visitors Center to get a daily visitor's pass. Please note that security levels may change at any time and can affect installation access.

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Image Credit: Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge / Walter Sanford

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Last updated: November 22, 2019
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