Huntley Meadows Park

I completely forgot about the holiday on George Washington's birthday, and it's supposed to be a beautiful day, too! Let's go for a short walk in Huntley Meadows and see who's spending their winter migration with us this year.

The route: From the Visitor Center, we'll walk the main trail through the woods, out along the boardwalk past the observation tower, and then along the informal trail towards the west of the park and return. The total walk is about 3 miles. Given an easy pace to check out the wildlife, it should take about an hour and a half at most.

The main trail is fine gravel and boardwalk, and the informal trail is dirt.

Where to meet: We'll meet outside the Visitor Center.

How to get there: The park entrance is at 3701 Lockheed Blvd Alexandria, VA 22306, where Harrison Lane meets Lockheed Boulevard. A path at the back right corner of the parking lot leads to the Visitor Center, maybe 1-200 yards into the woods.

What to bring:

  • Water and comfy shoes.
  • It's supposed to be sunny and 40 degrees, with only light winds, so the layered look is a good idea.
  • For legal liability purposes, no one under 18, please.

Administrative stuff:

  • Entrance to the park is free; however, a voluntary contribution for parking is recommended.
  • Unfortunately, the Visitor Center is closed for the holiday, so the normal amenities (restrooms, drinking fountains) are unavailable.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk.

Before and/or after the walk:

  • You can make a pitstop and grab a cup of coffee at Starbuck's, is about a mile from the park along Lockheed Blvd at 6754 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA.
  • Mama's Kitchen opens at 11:00 if anyone is up for a bite after the walk. It's at 7601 Fordson Avenue in Alexandria.

Notes:
Huntley Meadows Park: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/
Huntley Meadows Trail Map: http://www.restonpaths.com/HuntleyMeadows/ParkMap.htm

Grounded Coffee: http://www.groundedcoffeeshop.com/
Mama's Kitchen: http://mammaskitchenva.com/

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  • Jonny

    :-)

    February 19, 2013

  • Chris S.

    Very Nice!

    February 18, 2013

  • kathy

    John, thanks for organizing this event. Perfect day for a brisk walk among the birds.

    February 18, 2013

  • Carrie

    A restorative setting and a beautiful day to share time with hiking friends.

    February 18, 2013

  • Tori

    Excellent as usual. The lunch conversation was hilarious.

    February 18, 2013

  • John M

    Great bunch of friendly folks! Thanks for the nice walk and fun lunch after!

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a great time! Ready for the next one.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be our first meetup event. Looking forward to the chilly hike.

    February 18, 2013

  • Jennifer W.

    Grounded Coffee, I'm pretty sure, is closed Mondays.

    February 17, 2013

    • John M

      Ouch, that's a good catch, thanks. The next nearest coffee shop is probably Starbucks at 6754 Richmond Hwy.

      February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    gotta work tomorrow

    February 17, 2013

  • Tori

    I was planning to go too on Mon.

    February 17, 2013

  • isaura

    Not possible this time!

    February 17, 2013

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