Cedar Trail, Deer Trail, and Heron Trail Loop

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Cedar Trail, Deer Trail, and Heron Trail Loop is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alexandria, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
22 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

no dogs

Metro Friendly Huntley Meadows Park ranks as one of the metro area's largest close-in parks. Whether you come to hike, wildlife watch, or simply to relax, Huntley Meadows Park will provide you with a premiere nature experience for the entire family! This Fairfax County Park's key attraction is a beaver-created wetland with excellent viewing stations. Also, the visitor center has excellent exhibits at this park! Huntley Meadows lies in a wet lowland that was carved out by an ancient meander of the Potomac River. The resulting freshwater wetland is one of the rarest habitats left in Fairfax County. Acre for acre, a healthy wetland supports more life than almost any other habitat. Wetlands also purify polluted waters and control the destructive power of floods and storms Its centerpiece is a 500-acre freshwater marsh-the area's largest-surrounded by mostly deciduous woodlands. The result is a protected natural habitat with a remarkable array of plants and animals. Huntley is an attractive year-round hiking venue, especially for people keen on natural history. Some of the best wildlife watching in the Washington metropolitan area is enjoyed here. From the ½ mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower, people have excellent views of beavers, frogs, dragonflies and herons. Huntley Meadows is well known as a prime birding spot, with over 200 species identified in the park.

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birding
4 months ago

Such a beautiful, peaceful hike. Easy walk in and out; breathtaking views of birds, beaver. A mood-lifter, for sure.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

It's a very easy trail with a variety of informal trails. When it rains some trails can get flooded, which can limit access and shorten a hike.

hiking
5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

Nice easy walk, lots of wildlife. Very shady and soft trail.

6 months ago