Visit Huntley Meadows Park for Walking, Wetlands, and Wildlife

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A great benefit of living in our Kingstowne apartments is that the beautiful Huntley Meadows Park is just a short, 15-minute drive away. It’s open daily from dawn until dusk.

The park is a wonderful place for taking a walk, experiencing wetlands, and seeing wildlife. You may want to bring your binoculars!

Start at the Visitor Center

Although there are a couple of ways to enter the park, taking the main entrance to the visitor center parking lot is simplest for navigating your walk. No matter what your hiking skill level is, you’ll find the two miles of interpretive trails are perfect for an easy, leisurely walk in a tranquil setting. From the visitor center, walk along the trail for about half a mile to get to the park’s centerpiece, a 1,500-acre wetland.

Arrive at the Boardwalk

You arrived at the raised boardwalk that runs a half mile through the wetland. You’re looking at the largest non-tidal wetland in the county. By now, you’ve probably seen frogs, beavers, otters, dragonflies, and other wildlife that make the park home. Stay on the boardwalk until you reach the stairs for the wildlife observation platform. From there, see how many of the park’s 200 species of birds you can find. Rails, herons, and owls are common. 

Finishing Your Walk

When you come to the end of the boardwalk, you’ll be back on the trail. You’ll walk through a wooded area as you loop back to the visitor center. Keep your eyes open for wildlife like foxes, deer, and coyotes. When you get back to the visitor center, you may want to have lunch in the picnic area. If the visitor center is open, you can stop inside for exhibits, restrooms, or information.

Living at The Elms at Kingstowne gives you convenient access to Huntley Meadows Park. If you’re not a resident of our community yet, contact us today to schedule a tour.

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