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“Stroll the Boardwalk in a Marsh” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Huntley Meadows Park

Huntley Meadows Park
Ranked #10 of 75 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
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Alexandria, VA
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Stroll the Boardwalk in a Marsh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Huntley Meadows Park combines a woodland and marsh setting right off busy U.S. Route 1 in Alexandria. You can stroll through the woods to reach the boardwalk that leads through the wetlands where beavers still patrol the waters, turtles sun themselves on rocks and exposed logs, and herons and egrets stand perched on their spindly legs ready to dip into the water and pull out a still wriggly fish for lunch or dinner. it's a tranquil oasis with a small but informative park educational center and shop.

Visited July 2012
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“Waterfowl Oasis in the Heart of Suburbia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Going to Huntley Meadows Park is perfect in all seasons, if you enjoy woodland and wetland walks. I've never been disappointed with a trip t this park - there's always so much to see! With the exception of the well-maintained paths, the park is in its natural state - beautiful! The boardwalk through the wetlands passes through cattails and native grasses, accompanied by sights and sounds of frogs, turtles (LOTS of turtles!), herons and other birds, bright colored tiny lizards, and brilliantly colored dragonflies. In the spring, flowering dogwoods decorate to parking area. Go up the lookoout tower to get a good look at the beaver lodge. At dawn and dusk, you may see beaver out gathering. Dogs and bikes aren't allowed on the boardwalk so the birdlife isn't startled away very often. It's the best viewing of blue and white heron and dragonflies I've ever seen!
The park has a great website that lists events and nature walks for children. Sometimes the have a game day for children, with games like spin the wheel, bean toss and hop scotch that have nature themes. The park office has a lovely, though small if you're used to museum displays, display of the animals inhabiting the park and information about the park. It has restrooms inside (none that i could find outside) that aren't accessible when the office closes, fun items to purchase and bottled water. It also has a drinking fountain. There are usually great (and cheap) used bird books that have been donated to help raise money for the park.
Since I had to pick a month and year for my visit, I did, but actually I visited the park every month I lived there, in every season.
This park is what I miss most about living in Alexandria, VA.

Visited June 2011
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“Always something to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

I am a local Alexandrian. If you are in the area and you want to see birds and/or wildlife or learn something about nature, this stop is for you. There are 2 "sides" to the park. You can enter from South Kings Highway or from Lockheed Blvd.

Lockheed Blvd: A trail through the woods leads you to a boardwalk that takes you over the marsh where you may see frogs, waterfowl, warblers, beaver, muskrat, turtles, raptors. At the end of the boardwalk, there's an observation tower and the trail loops around through the woods to return to boardwalk or visitor's center. I come here often (very often, sometimes more than 1x/week) and I come in every season. I never leave feeling like I didn't see something. It may be the secretive rail or bittern, or the common Canada goose. Every Monday, they conduct bird walks and they also have a calendar of special events throughout the year.

South Kings Highway: Dirt trail through wooded habitat that ends at the other side of the marsh from the Lockheed Blvd side. Lots of birds & owls.

Visited May 2012
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