NECK STATE PARK
Oasis on the Potomac
By Loren Anne Barnett
our breathing slows as you leave behind the urbanized metropolis of D.C.
and Northern Virginia. Turning onto Gunston Road in Lorton, a sense of
peace washes over you as you pass horse farms and undisturbed forest.
Ahead lies an oasis. A pleasant change from what is usual. A refuge. Once
destined to be a massive suburban development, Mason Neck is a peaceful, 9,000-
acre peninsula on the Potomac River just 20 miles south of our nation’s capital.
Generations of hard work has put two-thirds of this beautiful and historic land in the
hands of local, state, and national park systems.