Hidden Pond Nature Center

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Visitor Center: Weekdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Weekends Noon to 5 p.m.

703-451-9588
TTY 711

8511 Greeley Blvd.
Springfield, Virginia

Mike McCaffrey,
Manager

Hidden Pond On Your Own

Things to See and Do at Hidden Pond

Into the Woods! Hidden Pond Nature Center may appear to be another house on a cul-de-sac, but this house is surrounded by woods and water. At HPNC you'll find isolation in nature through woods, streams, a pond and hiking trails. The park has a small butterfly garden near the office headquarters, and wildflowers bloom throughout the natural areas. You'll find an amphitheater, a picnic shelter, a playground and tennis courts. There are exhibits and restrooms inside the nature center, which also has a viewing window that can help orient you to the park and that looks out onto bird feeders that must have good food, because the locals often park there.  The nature center sits in the Pohick Stream Valley, so it attracts a good population of wildlife, including deer, fox, turtles and substantial numbers of birds. Coyote have been heard. The pond is open for fishing, but it's overrun by small bluegill, sunfish and similar species.  

Programs and Organized Activities

The park offers a broad range of public programs on nature topics. There are nature campsschool field trips, and scout programs. The site hosts birthday parties, and it has historically been an excellent and popular place for youngsters to volunteer.

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