Huntley Meadows Park
Alexandria, VA
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Brief Description:

Nestled in Fairfax County's Hybla Valley, Huntley Meadows Park is a rich, natural island in the suburban sea of Northern Virginia. Its 1,425 acres harbor majestic forests, wildflower-speckled meadows and vast wetlands bursting with life.

Some of the best wildlife watching in the Washington metropolitan area is enjoyed here. From the ½ mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower, people have excellent views of beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons. Huntley Meadows is well known as a prime birding spot, with over 200 species identified in the park.

Whether you come to hike, wildlife watch or simply to relax, Fairfax County Park Authority's largest park will provide you with a premiere nature experience.

Location / Directions: From the Capital Beltway (I-495) Take Exit 1177A (Richmond Hwy. or US Route 1) south for 3.4 miles. Turn right on Lockheed Blvd. Go about 3 blocks to park entrance on the left at Harrison Lane.
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Physical Address: Huntley Meadows Park
Corner of Lockheed Blvd. And Harrison Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306
Mailing Address: Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Boulevard
Alexandria, VA 22306
Visitor Phone: (703) 768-2525
E-mail: parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov
Activities: There are many programs scheduled throughout the year on birds, wetland plants, trees, turtles, dragonflies and other wildlife. Huntly Meadow Park is a prime bird watching spot, with 200 species identified.

Biking Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Hiking

Operating Hours: Hours vary seasonally, call or check website. Closed on Tuesdays. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 21 to December 31, with shorter hours during other months.
Fees: None
Visitor Facilities: Nature Center with exhibits, classroom and auditorium is located a short walk from main entrance and parking lot. In addition to 1/2 mile boardwalk wetland trail with observation platform, there is a 2 mile interpretive trail system and and hiking-biking trail.
Size: 1,425 acres
Accessibility: From main parking lot the visitor center is a short distance on an accessible trail, as is the 1/2 mile boardwalk for wildlife viewing. Ask at the visitor center about accessibility of other trails.
Websites: http://www.friendsofhuntleymeadows.org
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley/index.htm

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