Huntley Meadows Park

Alexandria, Virginia

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Huntley Meadows Park is a huge nature preserve located in southern Fairfax County. It’s a great place to take a short hike and spend a lot of time observing wildlife, especially birds. Covering 1,557 acres just south of Alexandria, Huntley Meadows Park celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016 and ranks as one of the metro area’s largest close-in parks. Its centerpiece is a 500-acre freshwater marsh—the area’s largest—enveloped by mostly deciduous woodlands. The result is a protected natural habitat with a remarkable array of plants and animals.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

Huntley Meadows Park is a huge nature preserve located in southern Fairfax County. It’s a great place to take a short hike and spend a lot of time observing wildlife, especially birds.

Covering 1,557 acres just south of Alexandria, Huntley Meadows Park celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016 and ranks as one of the metro area’s largest close-in parks. Its centerpiece is a 500-acre freshwater marsh—the area’s largest—enveloped by mostly deciduous woodlands. The result is a protected natural habitat with a remarkable array of plants and animals.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Walking
Nearby City: Alexandria
Distance: 2 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round; best in the warmer months
Additional Use: Birding
Accessibility: Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Visitor center, 703-768-2525; Friends of Huntley Meadows Park, friendsofhuntleymeadowspark.org fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley
Local Maps: USGS Alexandria, Mount Vernon
Attractions: Wetlands, woodlands
Driving Directions: Directions to Huntley Meadows Park

Recent Trail Reviews

7/17/2010
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Nice easy trail, does really not take longer than 2 hours. Lots of shadow.


2/1/2010
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A lovely get-away from the hustle-bustle of Washington, D.C.


3/1/2009
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Love to train run here. It's close, and I can get a good workout in.



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