Despite being a sprawling suburb in the shadow of Washington D.C., there are a surprising number of places to go in Prince William and Fairfax counties where you can enjoy hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, picnicking, nature photography, & even en plein air painting, either alone, with friends, or with organized groups. The problem is that all those places are under a crazy number of different agencies and jurisdictions, making it difficult to find all the opportunities available.
Below is a growing (alphabetical) list of places in Northern Virginia where anyone can go and enjoy nature-related activities. Clicking on the location name will take you to a page with my overview of the place, directions & coordinates, links to the location's official website, & links to maps. Clicking on the jurisdiction or agency will take you to their official website.
If you don't see your favorite place on my list, you can contact me and let me know what you like about it. I'd love to visit it and write about it.
Also, none of the information on NVNG should be considered 'official.' NVNG is not endorsed, funded, or in any way connected with any of the places I describe or link to.