Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

4.7
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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.
In 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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  • It's a treasure hidden in the midst of houses and military bases. The nature trails allow you to get up close to the pond.  more »
  • Easy wet-lands wildlife viewing from boardwalks and good trails. Even tried a "firefly tour" one time. Great fun! Be sure and take a camera, with a good telephot lens.  more »
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  • This park is like a mini zoo. You can spot some animals if you are lucky enough. I love how this place preserves, I love nature and also the wildlife. You can bring your camera, dogs, and kids. My advice is to put some anti-mosquito lotion before you start to explore the park. This is an Amazing place, exciting and fun.
  • Amazing oasis right off Route 1 in Fairfax County, VA. Almost 2 miles of trails, a lot of it wooded boardwalk. Heavily forested but also a lot of water views. Abundant aquatic life including beavers, fish and turtles. Great place for burden watching. Don't forget to check out the visitor center with displays which is great for children.

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