Visitor Activities

Trail at Featherstone - USFWS.
  • Wildlife Viewing

    Public access to Featherstone is limited due to the railroad. Recently a non-motorized boat landing on the southern end of Farm Creek has been constructed for public use. Water is the only point of access for the public currently until an agreement of safe access is reached between Prince William County and CSX. Once landed, feel free to take a hike down the trail to discover what Featherstone has to offer. What better way to start a wildlife experience than by quietly paddling to it?

    Featherstone NWR Map and Visitor Information Sheet (pdf)

  • Photography

    Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge provides opportunities for both the professional and amateur photographer. The upland forests provide important areas where migrating birds can rest and refuel on their travels north in the spring and south in the fall. Notable species include prothonotary warbler, golden-winged warbler, and blackburnian warbler. Many birds such as eastern bluebirds, mockingbirds, and American robins nest here as well. Amongst the tidal marshes, great blue herons, great egrets, and double crested cormorants fish for food. The shoreline also provides feeding and perching opportunities for osprey, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, and bald eagles. During the winter months, waterfowl such as black ducks, mallards, wood ducks, hooded mergansers, and teal find shelter in the protected marshes.

  • Waterfowl Hunting

      Waterfowl hunting is now allowed in the Farm Creek and Neabsco Creek sections of the refuge. Please be aware of all state and county regulations concerning blinds and scout the area in person or using Google maps before going out to hunt. Click here to view the waterfowl hunting brochure  

  • Fishing

    Fishing will now be allowed in the Farm Creek and Neabsco Creek sections of the refuge. Click here to view fishing brochure.