Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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  • Seasons: Winter(bird)/Summer(insect)
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Site CGF03: Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary


This is a popular spot for observing wintering waterfowl. During summer, osprey, green heron, red-winged blackbird, and mallard are common. In addition, summer vegetation along the lakeshore is alive with dragonflies and damselflies.


From Monticello Park in Alexandria, travel north (left) on Russell Road 0.2 miles and turn left onto West Glebe Road. Go 0.8 miles and turn left onto South Glebe Road/SR 120 North. Proceed 0.1 miles and turn right on I-395 North. Travel to the George Washing Memorial Parkway and follow if south for approximately 0.5 miles to the exit for Roaches Run.. The parking lot is on the right side.

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