Huntley Meadows Park - image courtesy Walter Sanford

Huntley Meadows Park

Nestled in Fairfax County's Hybla Valley, Huntley Meadows Park is a rich, natural and historical island of over 1,500 acres in the suburban sea of Northern Virginia. It harbors a nationally significant historic house, majestic forests, wildflower-speckled meadows and vast wetlands bursting with life.

Some of the best wildlife watching in the Washington metropolitan area is enjoyed here. From the 0.5 mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower, people have excellent views of beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons. Huntley Meadows is well known as a prime birding spot, with over 200 species identified in the park.

Whether you come to hike, wildlife watch or simply to relax, Huntley Meadows Park will provide you with a premiere nature experience.

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The park grounds are open from dawn to dusk every day.

The hours for the Visitor Center and Gift Shop follow the Holiday Hours set for RECenters by Fairfax County ( and change seasonally:

December 1 through February 28:
11am-4pm all week (closed Tuesdays)

March 1 through April 15:
9am-5pm on weekdays  (closed Tuesdays);
noon-5 on weekends

April 16 through June 30:
9am-5pm all week (closed Tuesdays)

July 1 through August 31:
9am-5pm on week days (closed Tuesdays);
9am-1pm on weekends

September 1 through October 31:
9am-5pm all week (closed Tuesdays)

November 1 through November 30:
9am-5pm on weekdays (closed Tuesdays);
noon -5pm on weekends

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)


There are no fees associated with Huntley Meadow Park


There are many programs scheduled throughout the year on birds, wetland plants, trees, turtles, dragonflies and other wildlife. Huntly Meadow Park is a prime bird watching spot, with 200 species identified.


Nature Center with exhibits, classroom and auditorium is located a short walk from main entrance and parking lot. In addition to 1/2 mile boardwalk wetland trail with observation platform, there is a 2 mile interpretive trail system and and hiking-biking trail.


From main parking lot the visitor center is a short distance on an accessible trail, as is the 1/2 mile boardwalk for wildlife viewing. Ask at the visitor center about accessibility of other trails.

Main image: Walter Sanford
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