Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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  • Seasons: Fall/Spring
  • Site Contact: (703) 838-4829
  • Site Access: Free, Daily
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Site CGF01: Chinquapin Park


This multi-use park is situated atop one of the highest points of the city. This park contains one of the largest tracts of forested land in Alexandria and a sizeable amount of space allotted for a community garden. Trails meander through the woods and creek bottoms, which provide optimal birding during migrations. Open fields adjacent to the wooded area provide additional opportunities for wildlife observation. The community garden attracts many species of butterflies, including eastern tiger swallowtail.


From I-95, exit north on US 1 (Exit 1), travel 0.1 miles north and turn right on Franklin. Continue approximately 3 blocks to the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Turn left and drive 0.5 miles to King Street/SR 7. Turn left on King Street; travel for 2.5 miles to Chinquapin Drive. Turn left into the Chinquapin Park and Recreation Center complex. Parking is available near the recreation center or on the driving loop near the community garden.

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