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Lorton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

This is Pohick Bay!

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1. This is Pohick Bay! Marker
Choose your next adventure at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, Virginia. Bring the kids for a day of splashing and sliding at Pirate's Cove Waterpark. Spend a day on the bay with our canoe, paddleboard, stand up paddleboard and kayak rentals; or bring your own boat to our public boat launch ramp. Make a day of it by renting a picnic shelter — including the Eagle's Nest, which overlooks Pohick Bay, or stay a little longer and reserve one of our cabins or campsites.

Pohick Bay is an excellent place to observe bald eagles, who regularly nest in the park, especially near the bay, a favorite hunting ground.

After years of slumping business, NOVA Parks nearly closed what was formerly the Pohick Bay Swimming Pool. After a rush of support from the community, the pool was renovated and rebranded, and Pirate's Cove Waterpark has been a hit ever since.

About NOVA Parks
Comprised of six jurisdictions across Northern Virginia, NOVA Parks is a park agency unlike any others, a unique combination of conservation and entrepreneurship, urban and rural, cutting-edge technology and history.
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NOVA Parks' offerings reflect all of this: For every waterpark, there are large wide open spaces for picnicking, relaxing, or just general reflecting. For every golf course, there are thousands of acres of trees and protected waterfront. NOVA Parks owns historic property in the middle of a bustling urban center, a 45-mile long paved bike trail that bisects the entire region, and a full-scale skeet and trap shooting center.

But remember, this kiosk is just a small glimpse inside this exciting park agency. Scan the code to visit us online at

4.0 miles away
Occoquan Regional Park
Launch your boat, kayak or canoe in the Occoquan River, play baseball, or rent a picnic shelter, located in Lorton.

9.55 miles away
Fountainhead Regional Park
Explore 1,993 acres of hiking, bridle and mountain biking trails next to the Occoquan Reservoir, in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

9.95 miles away
Cameron Run Regional Park
Spend the day at Great Waves Waterpark, or check out the batting cages and mini golf at this great park located in Alexandria.

11.66 miles away
Carlyle House Historic Park
Encounter Alexandria's history at Carlyle House Historic
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3. This is Pohick Bay! Marker
Park, an 18th Century Palladian-style home built by John Carlyle.

12.0 miles away
Bull Run Marina Regional Park
Launch your boat into the Occoquan Reservoir, or park for the day to hike the Bull Run Occoquan Trail in Clifton.

12.89 miles away
W&OD Trail
This paved multi-use trail runs through the urban heartland and countryside of Northern Virginia.
Erected by NOVA Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the NOVA Parks series list.
Location. 38° 40.473′ N, 77° 9.938′ W. Marker is in Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Pohick Bay Drive (County Road 721) 0.7 miles east of Gunston Road (State Route 242), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6699 Pohick Bay Dr, Lorton VA 22079, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Out of Retirement (approx. 0.7 miles away); This "temple"… (approx. ¾ mile away); “Resources within Themselves” (approx. ¾ mile away); A “Considerable Force”
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(approx. 0.8 miles away); Organizing Nature (approx. 0.8 miles away); What Lies Beneath (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Belvoir Military Railroad Historic Corridor (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lorton.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 8, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Mar. 31, 2023