15125 Blackburn Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22191

Planning to visit Prince William County’s new Neabsco Regional Park, home to the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk? Here is some helpful information.

The nearly mile-long Boardwalk is a critical link of the Potomac Heritage Nation Scenic Trail, connecting Rippon Lodge, Eagle Nest Park, Rippon Landing Park with the Julie J. Metz Wetlands–now collectively designated as Neabsco Regional Park, a historic destination for wildlife viewing, outdoor education and nature appreciation.

The Boardwalk is open sun-up to sun-down. The park is accessible via Neabsco Mills Road and Blackburn Road, as well as from the Woodbridge Pedestrian & Bicycle Loop, which offers 50 miles of connected living. Bike to work, stroll to restaurants, hike through one of two National Wildlife Refuges…there is so much to explore in New Woodbridge!

Boardwalk Pics

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**Please do not park along Blackburn or Neabsco Road**

  • Boardwalk/North Landing & Rippon Landing: 15125 Blackburn Rd (Coming soon; paving in progress)
  • Boardwalk/South Landing & Eagles Park: 15801 Neabsco Rd
  • Julie J. Metz Wetlands Lot: 15875 Neabsco Rd
  • Rippon Historic Lodge: 15520 Blackburn Rd

Is the boardwalk ADA accessible?

The boardwalk is designed to be enjoyed by all. However, due to rain delays, the main lot at Blackburn Road is still under construction. Once complete, visitors can go from their cars to the boardwalk via a paved trail (now complete!) for full accessibility.

Where can I launch or rent a boat or paddle board?

A canoe/kayak/paddle board launch is in the plans for Neabsco Regional Park (follow Parks & Rec for updates), near the Boardwalk’s North Landing. In the meantime, nearby Potomac Boat Rentals offers paddling equipment and motorized boat rentals, as well as a launch. You can also put in at nearby Leesylvania State Park–where you can also take sailing lessons!

Can I fish from the boardwalk?

To protect the delicate ecosystem of the wetlands, and for the safety of other visitors, there is no fishing from the boardwalk. However, just up Neabsco Road, Leeslyvania State Park welcomes anglers!

Are bikes allowed?

Yes, bikes are allowed throughout the park and on the boardwalk, unless indicated otherwise by signage.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are welcome, but we ask that they be kept off the Boardwalk on opening day, due to anticipated attendance levels. After June 1, your four-legged friend will be welcome to explore the boardwalk with you.

What amenities does the park have?

To see what each park segment offers (including playgrounds, ball fields, picnic shelters and Yoga on the Lawn), please visit PWC Parks & Recreation online. The boardwalk itself is designed to have minimal environmental impact. As such, there are no bathrooms or water refill stations. Guests are asked to plan accordingly, and to pack out any trash or recycling.

Neabsco Regional Park brings together several natural and historical assets into a single destination. These include:

Once you are in Woodbridge, there is much to explore! Nearby Attractions Include:

  • Leesylvania State Park
  • Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge
  • Hylton Memorial Chapel & Event Center
  • National Museum of the Marine Corps
  • Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge
  • Prince William Forest National Park
  • Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center
  • Veterans Memorial Park (Includes pool, skate park)

The ¾-mile Neabsco Creek Boardwalk traverses Julie J. Metz Wetlands, allowing hikers access to a stunning vista where the tall grasses and marsh filter pollution from the river and provide a habitat for great blue herons, wood ducks, mallards, sparrow and red-winged blackbirds, just to name a few of the winged wildlife. It is also home to egrets, muskrats, snakes and foxes, in addition to being rich with aquatic life. The boardwalk offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the DC metro area, connecting nearby neighborhoods with our nature and history.

It is part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, an 800-mile trail network established by Congress in 1983, stretching from the Allegheny Mountains to the Potomac River, winding through Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

The project is designed to showcase Woodbridge’s most valuable natural asset — the Potomac waterfront – while linking historic landmarks such as Rippon Lodge and Leesylvania Park. Once all paving is completed in summer 2019, boardwalk will be ADA compliant and will encompass educational sites that highlight information on native wildlife and plants.

Read about the boardwalk’s Grand Opening and the unique design and construction methods used to protect the wetlands as it was built.

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