On Monday, residents in Prince William County were out celebrating a world-class recreational amenity.

The new Neabsco Creek Boardwalk allows hikers to access tidal wetlands.  The boardwalk is three quarters of a mile and 10-feet wide and includes a two-story observation deck. 

“This right here is so green it brings nothing but peace,” Local resident, Starsha Jones said. 

“I thought it would be a long walk especially for him he’s a year and a half, but he was able to walk about half of it, and he really enjoyed touching the greenery that was there. He didn’t fall in which was good,” visitor, Stephanie Strang said.  

“This is real nice and educational. What we were doing is trying to find as many animals as we can to go back and research it. But you can come out to look at the different plants,” said Toni Cuttino. 

Officials say it’s now a staple of the pedestrian and bicycle loop, which includes 14 miles of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail that runs through Woodbridge.

“For local residents this provides an incredible amenity that will see a lot of use and as an important piece of connectivity in the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail it’s also going to be a very strong regional attraction for hikers looking to get up close and personal with gorgeous natural wetland space,” said Brent Heavner, spokesperson for the Prince William County Department of Park, Recreation, and Tourism.  

The boardwalk cost about $4 million to build.