Huntley Meadows Park is the largest park operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority (1,452 acres). It is located in the Hybla Valley area of Fairfax County, Virginia, south of the city of Alexandria. The park features a visitor center, a wetland (maintained flooded year-round by beavers) with a boardwalk, wildlife observation platforms, and an interpretative trail system. The park is home to abundant wildlife (including beavers, muskrats, nutria, and deer, and is known for attracting many birds, amphibians, and plants that are considered less common in the region. Secondary-growth forest, along with several small grass and wildflower meadows, surround much of the wetland habitat.
Huntley Meadows Park has over 10 miles of maintained and unmaintained trails. There are several watch areas (some with towers) and benches along the maintained trails. Enter the park with a short drive on Lockheed Blvd from Rt. 1 or South Kings Highway in Alexandria. Parking is free, as is park use, but donations are needed and a lockbox is located in the parking lot at the trailhead. A visitors center is located a short walk into the park from the trailhead.
No permits are required to use the trails. A commercial photography permit is required from the county for commercial photography.
Leashed dogs are welcome except on boardwalks over wetlands.