Huntley Meadows Park

CONTACT INFORMATION: From Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, except Tuesdays. The Visitor Center will be open on weekends from noon to 5 p.m.
703-768-2525 TTY 711
3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, Virginia
Karen Sheffield

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Huntley Meadows On Your Own

Visiting On Your Own

A green heron wades in the wetland waters of Huntley MeadowsThe heart and soul of Huntley Meadows is the park's 1,500-acre wetland. There is a half-mile raised boardwalk that winds through the wetland and leads to an observation tower. No dogs or other pets on the Restoration or Heron Trails, including the boardwalk, please. Boardwalk visitors frequently see beavers, frogs, dragonflies, heron and deer. More than 200 species of birds have been identified in the park. Dawn and dusk are often the most lucrative times to visit for wildlife viewing. The boardwalk is about a half-mile hike from the visitor center on a natural trail that is part of a two-mile interpretive system. The wetland also can be reached via a paved, one-mile hike-bike trail that begins at a small parking lot near the intersection of South Kings Highway and Telegraph Road. Please limit bicycle use to that trail. The only facilities in the park are at the visitor center. Fishing and netting are not allowed in the park. 

Additional Park Highlights

Huntley Meadows hosts occasional programs throughout the year, such as a spring Wetlands Awareness Day. The park also takes part in Watershed Cleanup Day. The site hosts scout, school and educational public programs as well as day camps. The Norman Hoffman Visitor Center has natural and cultural resource exhibits, restrooms, a classroom, an auditorium and occasional art exhibits. There is a rentable outdoor education shelter. There's also an informal group of regular early Monday morning bird watchers.

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