Picnic Areas

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 105
Fairfax, VA 22035-5500

Morgan Chapin,
Picnic Reservation Coordinator

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Huntley Meadows Park Reservable Areas

Picnic Line: 703-324-8732

Picnic Reservations

Thank you for your interest in a Fairfax County Park Authority park for your picnic! We are proud of our parks and are confident that you will enjoy your day. Keep in mind sites are in great demand, so make your reservation early.

To make a reservation, please book online, fill out the web form, or submit an application. Once payment is received, a Sales Receipt (Picnic Permit) will be issued by email.  

  1. Book Online: For immediate permitting of select facilities and timeslots (available for rentals 10 or more days in advance)
    • Note: Special Requests may take additional time for the approval process. For rentals with no additional requests or issues, final permits will be issued 7-10 business days in advance of the reservation date.
  2. Web Form:  Please fill out the web form, this request will be sent directly to the Picnics Department. 
    • Note: Do NOT include payment information – once the form is received and reviewed you will be contacted to confirm availability, to collect payment information, and complete the reservation process.
  3. Download and complete the Picnic Area/Picnic Shelter Application and submit it one of the following ways along with the appropriate payment. 
    • Email: FCPAPicnics@fairfaxcounty.gov
      • Note: Do NOT include payment information – once the application is received and reviewed you will be contacted to confirm availability, to collect payment information, and complete the reservation process.
    • Mail: FCPA Picnic Department – 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 105, Fairfax, VA 22035-5500
      • Note: Do NOT mail cash payments; checks can be made out to “FCPA Picnics."
    • In person: Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:0 pm – 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 105, Fairfax, VA 22035-5500  
      • Note: Contact us in advance for updated office hours.
    • Fax: 703-653-6672 
      • Note: Please include payment information on faxed applications.

Web Forms or Applications may take up to 3-5 business days to process. Without a Sales Receipt (Picnic Permit) the reservation request is not confirmed. The Picnic Department does not accept reservations over the phone. The Picnic Department stops accepting applications for the upcoming weekend Thursdays at 4:00 pm.

*Full day reservations available 9:00 a.m. – Sunset (Full Day Small Shelter #SHEL). Rental fee is per day, single use rate.
**Half day reservations available April 1 through November 30, for 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Half Day Small Shelter #S-AM) or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Half Day Small Shelter #S-PM). Rental Fee is a per half day, single use rate. TIME SLOTS ARE NOT NEGOTIABLE.
¹ Prime rates apply Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays.
² Non-Prime rates apply Monday through Thursday.

NOTICE: The Picnics Department is not accepting event requests for Huntley Meadows Shelter until further notice. Thank you for your patience at this time. Please contact the park directly at 703-768-2525 about Huntley Meadows Park Birthday Parties.

Huntley Meadows Shelter

Huntley Meadows Park Shelter Seating Capacity: 50
Maximum Capacity: 55
Tables: 8 (Exact amount may vary)
Grills: 1
Electricity: Yes
Prime¹ Full Day*: $100
Non-Prime² Full Day*: $70
Prime¹ Half Day**: $70
Non-Prime² Half Day**: $55


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Huntley Meadows Park Amenities

Visit Huntley Meadows Park

  • Wetland boardwalk (ADA accessible;  No pets allowed)
  • Wildlife Observation Platforms
  • Trails
  • Restrooms: Inside the Visitor Center or a portable restroom when Visitor Center is closed

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Huntley Meadows Location

3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, VA,

Map of Huntley Meadows Park

Finding the Park

Due to known issues with GPS units, please use the street address if you are following GPS to the park.

Huntley Meadows has three entrances. The main entrance is at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria VA 22306.  There is a parking lot, and during Visitor Center open hours there is access to restrooms, an exhibit area, and staff naturalists. There is a small parking area at 6901 South Kings Highway, Alexandria, Va., that leads to a paved, one-mile woodland hike-bike trail. Historic Huntley is at 6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria Va. 

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