Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Visitor Center: December through February, open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

TTY 711

5040 Walney Road
Chantilly, Virginia

John Shafer,

ECLP's 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions

The Park's 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions

1. A copperheadAre there rattlesnakes and water moccasins here?

  • No. The only venomous snake in Fairfax County is the northern copperhead. Never handle a snake in the wild. Many snakes try to mimic the pattern of copperheads for their own protection. Please stay on trails, and do not attempt to handle a snake.

2. Are there coyotes here?

  • Yes. Coyotes are becoming more common in Fairfax County, and they have been seen and photographed at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. They generally pose no threat to humans.

3. I saw a fox in broad daylight and he didn't run. Does that mean he has rabies?

  • No. Although fox and coyotes are chiefly nocturnal, they are still seen during the day. Never approach a wild animal, and please report any out of the ordinary behavior.

4. Can I take a few tadpoles home for my kids to watch grow?

  • No. Park rules do not allow removal of animals or other resources from parks. 

5. I have a critter living under my house. How do I get it out of there?

  • The best way to handle wildlife around your house is to leave it alone if possible. Generally, animals will leave on their own after a while.

6. Should I use mothballs to get rid of animals?

  • No. Mothballs are poisonous. They harm the environment and put children and pets in danger.

Poison Ivy7. What does poison ivy look like?

  • Poison ivy has three leaves and a hairy vine. The middle leaf has a slightly longer stem than the other two. The veins in the leaves alternate. The leaf edges may have a few coarse teeth.

8. Beavers are cutting down trees. Are you going to do anything about it?

  • Beavers are a part of this park's ecosystem. We let nature take its course whenever possible. A leaning tree that appears to be dangerous should be reported to a staff member.

9. Can you fish at the pond?

10. Do ticks from the park carry Lyme disease?

  • Yes, they can. Staying on trails and using insect repellant will reduce your risk to tick exposure.
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