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If you’re looking for a great way to get outside and explore nature, look no further than the Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Woodbridge, Virginia. This extraordinary refuge’s 8,175-acre swath of land — with cattail marshlands, woodlands, and rolling hills — is an ideal spot for hiking, birdwatching, and simply taking in the beauty of the landscape. Nestled in the heart of northern Virginia, Featherstone NWR is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. The refuge consists of six major habitats, all of which provide refuge to different wildlife species — from bald eagles to white-tailed deer. In addition, there are four separate lane miles of trails that are reserved for walking and biking, providing many opportunities to experience nature and the peaceful tranquility of this special place. Information can be found here.

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Featherstone is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the US, boasting a variety of habitats and plants. From the tree-lined drive that starts at the refuge entrance, an array of wildflowers and grasses can be found throughout the year. These plants provide shelter and food for an incredible array of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and other wildlife species. In fact, more than 250 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Some of the more notable species include bald eagles, northern harriers, Cooper’s hawks, American kestrels, and northern flickers. In addition to the birds, there are large mammal species that are often seen in the refuge, such as white-tailed deer, beavers, foxes, muskrats, and raccoons. Reptiles including turtles, red-bellied snakes, turtles, and snapping turtles also share this piece of nature. See here for information about Exploring the Unique Wildlife and Habitat of Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Woodbridge, VA.