Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CBR06: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and the Walney Vistor Center


Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is a nature destination with creeks and ponds, forests and meadows, and an interpretive center. This site is a "must visit" for anyone traversing the Bull Run Loop. Entering the park, you are greeted by a small pond framed by a hiking trail, fishing deck, and boardwalks. Walney Pond, about once acre in extent, is bordered by a marshy margin that attracts an impressive variety of butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies. During late spring and early summer the forests are filled with birdsongs. Listen for an assortment of woodland species including scarlet tanager and several species of warblers. There are approximately four miles of trails at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park located in upland and bottomland forest and along the meadows. The trails generally skirt Walney Creek and Big Rocky Run, and are accessible from Walney Visitor Center, Middlegate/Cabell's Mill complex, and Walney Pond. The Walney Visitor Center is a public park facility that offers educational exhibits, programs, and information. Situated in a converted 1780 farmhouse, the center contains an information desk, rest rooms, sales area, live animal exhibits, historic exhibits, children's touch table area, greenhouse, and classroom.


From Burke Lake Park, take SR 123 north for 2.3 miles to the Jack Herrity (Fairfax County) Parkway; travel north on Rt. 7100/Jack Herrity (Fairfax County) Parkway for 5 miles to US 29 South. Drive 3 miles to SR 28. Go north on SR 28 for 0.8 miles to Walney Road and turn right (east) onto Walney Road; drive to the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

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