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Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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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  • Beautiful scenes. The wood planks on the bridge and walkways over the water are slippery when wet otherwise, this place is great for running and just walking with kids. They can find turtles and birds...  read more »
  • This is a lovely park & walking path in Alexandria...but you feel miles away from urban areas. Unique birds, wetlands & nice visitors' center. So peaceful. I've enjoyed every visit here & have seen ma...  read more »
  • Lovely place for a walk. Great paths. Wildlife easy to see. Two entrances. Main entrance offers paths around the pond with views of egrets beaver turtles etc. great place to take kids as well. 
  • Absolutely beautiful. Lots of wildlife and great place to walk through a marsh. The wooded trails are very nice. Expect lots of nature photographers on the weekend. Also a great place for bird watching.
  • Beautiful park. Well designed walking trails. Not paved but level and covered with fine gravel. Very good signage along the trails and an observation tower at the halfway point. Plenty of wildlife to see and even Pok√©mon pokestops for your kids enjoyment.
  • Awesome escape from the city. First park I've been to in the area where you can't see buildings! Perfect distance and family friendly as well. The trail is clean and the walkway over the marsh is nicely built. Expect to see turtles, butterflies, birds, beavers, maybe even some deer or snakes.
  • My kids love this park. We always see turtles, frogs, tadpoles, snakes, heron, geese, and sometimes beaver. There's currently a beaver dam built right onto the boardwalk. The staff in the nature center are very knowledgeable and often walk in the park on their breaks. They're happy to bring you to common resting spots of the animals. The nature center also has events for children and hands-on materials.
  • A surprising bit of natured tucked away from the capital. We explored this park and found it rich in wildlife. Great birding location.
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