by Micaela Williamson
Hidden amongst the suburban sprawl of Northern Virginia, the lush wetlands of Huntley Meadows Park is one of the best places for wildlife watching. The 1500-acre nature preserve boasts animals such as beavers, frogs, snakes, ducks, turtles, dragonflies, and over 200 species of birds. With its 1/2 mile boardwalk trail, Huntley Meadows Park is a perfect place for families to get out into nature without tiring little legs. Be sure to climb the observation tower to get a bird's eye view of the beautiful surroundings. For those wanting to walk a little more, there is a two-mile interpretive trail system.
Since each season brings something new to Huntley Meadows, families will want to visit again and again. Please note that "netting" is not allowed in the park and no wildlife should be captured for observation.
After hiking, be sure to stop in the Visitor Center on the way back to the parking lot. The Visitor Center includes interactive exhibits about wetlands, a few small animals, restrooms, a gift shop, auditorium and an information desk with maps and Fairfax County parks literature. Special programs are held in the Visitor Center throughout the year.
Huntley Meadows Park is open year-round from dawn to dusk but please check their website or call ahead for Visitor Center hours.
HUNTLEY MEADOWS PARK
3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, Virginia 22003
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