Huntley Meadows Park
Published in Fairfax County
Huntley Meadows Park is a 1,500-acre natural and historic area featuring vast wetlands that provide some of the best wildlife viewing in the Washington metropolitan area. A half-mile boardwalk traverses the wetland and places visitors in the center of a marsh that is home to beavers, deer, frogs, herons and innumerable dragonflies. More than 200 species of birds have been identified in the park. The wet lowland carved by the Potomac River is a rare natural habitat in Fairfax County. A restored historic house at the park was once owned by descendants of U-S Founding Father George Mason. Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights which was the basis for the first ten amendments to the U-S Constitution that are known as The Bill of Rights. The park hosts dozens of nature programs, including regular Monday morning bird walks. Admission to the park is free. A fee is charged for educational programs. Huntley Meadows Park is open dawn to dusk. The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends. The visitor center is closed Tuesdays.