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“Great Nature Park Close to DC”

Huntley Meadows Park
Ranked #9 of 90 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
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Westbrook, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
241 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great Nature Park Close to DC”
Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

I have been to a number of national parks, state parks, and local parks, but Huntley Meadows ranks up there with the best. The Deer Trail offers a great walk through the woods, but the highlight is the Heron Trail. It goes over raised walkways through a marsh, and you get a chance to see all types of animals. We saw some geese with baby goslings, lots of turtles, a heron, fish, tadpoles, and more. There were also impressive beaver dams and a beaver lodge. You wouldn't think you could get such a great nature experience this close to DC, and that makes it more impressive. Expect a lot of walking if you are going to do the full loop, but it's worth it. If I lived nearby, I would be a this park almost every day. Oh, and the people at the visitor center are very friendly and helpful, too. This park was a fantastic experience.

Visited May 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“SNAKE FEST”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The dreaded field trip site for elementary school. I've never gone and not seen a snake. Nature at it.s finest, so very close to housing, malls, and shopping. It is in the middle of the suburbs. A great place for your little naturalist. Just watch what sticks you pick up!!!

Visited April 2013
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Washington DC
Level 6 Contributor
456 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Wetlands retreat full of interesting birdlife”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

One of the best birding/walking preserves in the Washington area. The Park Service has laid out some fine wooden walkways through the wetlands and woods and you can see a wide variety of birds--both local and migratory--especially mornings and in the Spring. About 30 minutes south of Washington DC. Ample parking. Seldom crowded.

Visited May 2012
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North Springfield, VA
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great location for nature hiking and photography”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Great place for photography, particularly in the morning. The beavers keep the area marshy. There's a lot of history here, but you have to look for it....

Visited October 2012
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Alexandria, VA
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Hidden gem within Fairfax County”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Great place for waterfowl viewing. Beavers & muskrats, deer, bluebirds, some raptors. Walk through the woods or on the boardwalk to the water. Stop in the visitors' center. Best wildlife viewing early morning and evening. Enjoy! It's free, but you can leave a donation.

Visited October 2012
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