Why Is Fall the best time to hike? It’s the perfect time of year to get out and stretch your legs, while not getting overheated. The air is crisp, and it’s still sunny, but not too hot. The scenery is fantastic with the leaves changing, especially in Alexandria, Virginia. This is a beautiful old town full of trees that change colors in the Fall.
Hiking Spots in Alexandria
There are several places to visit and walk around. To name a few examples: Winkler Botanical Reserve, Huntley Meadows Park, and Dora Kelley Nature Park. All are excellent choices for a great nature hike. All three are generally open year round. Read further for information on each park.
Winkler Botanical Reserve
Winkler Botanical Reserve is located right in the midst of the city, right off Interstate 395. It is open year round, every day, generally opening at 8:30 AM to 4-5:00 PM. They are closed on all federal holidays, and sometimes during inclement weather. You can call to check at (703) 578-7888. It is just a small little preserve, about a mile’s walk in all. There are nice little-hidden hideaways to wander off on. You can see small wildlife, flowers, birds, and even a small waterfall. Its a perfect little oasis in the city for picnics too.
Huntley Meadows Park
Huntley Meadows is a huge park that is located outside of Alexandria, and just off Route #1. The grounds are open year round, every day from dusk to dawn. The facilities inside are closed on Tuesday, so restrooms may not be available. There are several different facilities to visit, so you may want to call or check the website for information about each facility and seasonal hours. It is easy to spend all day here exploring the many trails. There is something for everyone; bird watching, art classes for nature scenes, family owl outings, nature for tiny tots (2-3.5 yrs.), and even a hot cocoa guided nature walk. Even Fido can come, on a leash, but not on the wetlands boardwalk.
Dora Kelley Nature Park
Dore Kelley Nature Park is another larger park of 46 1/2 acres, with the Holmes River running through it. It is located in the west side of the city, off of North Beauregard Street. The park grounds are open year round. There are walking trails, biking trails, bird watching, picnic areas, and more. There is a nature center that has year-round programs and exhibits. You will have to check the website for times and days, for special events. Make sure to visit one, or all of these parks for a splendid Fall hike.
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