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Huntley Meadows: Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Herons at This 1,500-Acre Oasis Near The Kingsley

Spanning more than 1,500 acres of pristine Northern Virginia wetlands, waterways, and lowland meadows, Huntley Meadows Park is one of Fairfax County’s most precious natural resources, as well as a place rich with historical significance. During the colonial era, the meadows belonged to the patriot and statesman George Mason, and his grandson Thomson lived on the Huntley House in the 1800s. More recently, the land has been used for government research into road-building and radio communication, as well as for military exercises.

Today, Huntley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is available for educational and private events. The villa is the jewel of the park, surrounded by historical exhibits, wildlife observation areas, hiking and biking trails, and a sampling of the area’s native wildlife, including hundreds of species of birds, from orioles to herons.

Park grounds are open dawn to dusk, but before heading over from The Kingsley, be sure to check the website for visitor center and gift shop hours, as they change seasonally!

Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Boulevard
Alexandria, VA 22306
(703) 768-252
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park