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Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

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Huntley Meadows Park, the largest park operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority, is located in the Hybla Valley area of Fairfax County, Virginia, south of the city of Alexandria. The park features a visitor center, a beaver-created wetland with boardwalk, wildlife observation platforms, and an interpretative trail system. The park is home to abundant wildlife and is known for attracting many birds, amphibians, and plants that are considered less common in the region. Secondary-growth forest, sprinkled with several small, native-grass and wildflower meadows surround much of the wetland habitat. The main bodies of water that flow through the park are Dogue Creek at the western border of the park, Barnyard Run, the source of the park's Central Wetland, and the headwaters of Little Hunting Creek.HistoryIn 1757 the land was purchased by George Mason. About 1825 his grandson built Huntley, on a hill overlooking the property. Huntley is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another grandson held Okeley Manor which is now the northwest portion of the park. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the area was used for dairy farming.In colonial times, this land was part of the extensive property holdings of George Mason IV. Thomson Francis Mason, a grandson of George Mason, built a summer residence on the property in 1825. The house, now known as Historic Huntley, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Landmarks Register, and the Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites.
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  • Huntley Meadows has a very nice boardwalk trail that goes through marshland where turtles, muskrats, birds and other animals and insects can be seen. Once you leave the marshland, there is a walk in t...  more »
  • We found this place via google map. We got there Sunday morning, and found out the parking was almost full. We got a map in the visitor center, and started our walk. It is flat easy trail in the woods...  more »
  • I've lived in this area for 20+ years (ya, like a lot of us, I came for 3 or 4, but here I am still) and this park is almost unchanged after all this time, which I find very encouraging. Used to walk ...  more »
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  • This is one of my favorite parks. Nestled in a suburban metropolis is this oasis just off route 1. The park has a plethora of wildlife quite visible to average visitor. The area holds a large wetland which is navigable by a well made boardwalk, from which you can spy water foul, turtles, frogs and other wildlife. There is a visitor center filled with fun and engaging information. My kids always enjoy our Huntley Meadows walks.
  • I've been coming to Huntley Meadows for the last 30 years. It is probably the only place in Fairfax county that remains untouched (aside from maintenance and improvements to the boardwalk). A fantastic escape and my daughter loves to visit - always seeing frogs, tadpoles, turtles, geese, muskrats, and deer. But if it's close to dusk don't forget your bug spray!
  • This is a nice place for nature walking. There is a nice variety of wildlife and it is quite relaxing. We try to go there often. It is also a great place for birdwatching.
  • It's a nice quiet park with boardwalk over the wetland as well as observation areas to watch for birds. Various nature sounds ranging from birds to frogs and great views all around.
  • Great park, it's a lot bigger and interesting than most of the parks in this area. The paths are well kept, the scenery is beautiful.