Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick

Around the Refuge

New Trail Coming Soon


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with our partners at Prince William County Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service to construct a hiking and biking trail through Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge. Construction is anticipated to begin late summer 2020.

Click here for more Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail information

Visitor Activities

Refuge trail - USFWS.

Public access to Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge is limited due to a railroad crossing. However, visitors may enter the refuge via a non-motorized boat landing. Check out our Visitor Activities page for more information about how to visit the refuge.

Visitor Activities

Know Before You Go

Refuge sign - USFWS.

Be sure to dress for the weather when visiting Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge. Biting insects are prevalent from April through October, so bring repellent. Poison ivy and northern copperheads are common, so stay out of high grass and watch your step on trails.

Plan Your Visit
Wildlife and Habitat

Wildlife and Habitat

Downy woodpecker - Cindy Kreticos.

Visitors may access a trail to view wildlife via a non-motorized boat landing. View the Wildlife and Habitat page to learn more about some of the common species on the refuge.

Learn More

About the Complex

Potomac River NWR Complex

Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Potomac River NWR Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS