Belle Haven Park in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Wasteland or Wetland?
What is Your Point of View?
—George Washington Memorial Parkway —
By the 1950s, metropolitan Washington D.C. was booming. Developers dug gravel out of Dyke Marsh and dumped debris in its place. Gravel mining stopped in the early 1970s, but the erosion that digging started still harms Dyke Marsh today.
In 1974, Congress directed the National Park Service to protect and restore Dyke Marsh. Even now, there is much left to do. What we do today will determine if these wetlands ever truly recover.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 46.665′ N, 77° 3.057′ W. Marker is in Belle Haven Park, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on the Bell Haven Marina access road just east of George Washington Memorial Parkway, on the right. Touch for map. It is at the beginning of the Dyke Marsh Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22307, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Colonial Fort (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Jones Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Place to Rest—or Nest (approx. ¼ mile away); These Trees (approx. 0.3 miles away); Anatomy of a Tidal Marsh (approx. half a mile away); A Fine Improvable Marsh (approx. 0.6 miles away); Defenses of Washington (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Willard (approx. 0.9 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker contains four images. They are the photograph reproduced on this page as image No. 2 and three maps, reproduced on this page as image No. 3.
Categories. • Environment • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 13, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on December 31, 2015, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland.