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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  • Parked the car in the parking lot in the forest and go for a while, in front of large wetlands. The boardwalk over the top and you can wander while watching the plants and animals. Various birds, water snakes and turtles at can be seen. Exposure to direct sunlight, because countermeasures are required depending on the season. Wetlands leads to the forest, you can walk there. Seen many people walk the dog holiday. Easy walk to small children, the children of particular creatures is a fun place.
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  • Growing up my family called this park the "Beaver Park" because of all the beavers that call this park home! Great paths for bird watching and also snakes, turtles, frogs, tadpoles and of course beave...  more »
  • I'm afraid to write too good of a review so that this quiet corner doesn't get suddenly flooded with visitors ;) But it's too beautiful not to share. Huntley Meadows is one of the largest green expans...  more »
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  • Love going there with my kids or friends. Lots of shade and great walking/hiking trails. Lots of cool wild life need to look a bit harder. My sons love going there so does my dog. All pets on leashes. A MUST DO while in Alexandria.
  • Awesome wetland park in Alexandria. First one I've ever been to and it didn't disappoint. There was not too much wildlife activity when I went (around 11am on a Sunday) but that was okay. It was easy to follow the trail over the wetlands and it made for a nice Sunday morning. Just be careful not to step in the geese poo!
  • Huntley Meadows is a fantastic place to go year round. There is always change and something new to experience. This time we saw turtles (even a baby!), coots, a muskrat, and Canada geese. We say footprints of various creatures. My children love it here and it is just the perfect length for them to accomplish.
  • Took my wife here on our second date. In the Fall. Beautiful. (Though not as beautiful as her) we had our first kiss and made out in the Parking lot. A++ would recommend. Oh, and the visitors center was great.
  • My wife and I went here for a walk in February 2016, when the lake was frozen over. The walk it gorgeous, it takes half an hour or perhaps longer if you take pictures and all. Great way to have a look at what seems undisturbed nature. Parking is available very conveniently close.
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