Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CGF15: Long Branch Nature Area and Glencarlyn Park


Long Branch Nature Area's 18 acres include a managed meadow, two ponds, demonstration gardens, and a mixed hardwood forest of oak, hickory, tulip poplar, and blackgum. The park is located along Long Branch Stream that flows into Four Mile Run, a tributary to the Potomac River. An extensive paved foot and bicycle path follows Long Branch downstream through thickets of speckled alder, ironwood, and witch hazel, to its confluence with Four Mile Run, located in Glencarlyn Park. At Glencarlyn Park check "Sparrow Swamp," where a variety of waterfowl and wading birds have been observed. Pick up a trail map and bird checklist at the Nature Center.


From Dora Kelley Park, return to Beauregard Street via Sanger Avenue. Turn right on Beauregard Street and follow it 1.0 mile to Seminary Road. Turn left on Seminary Road and travel 1.1 miles to Carlin Springs Road. Turn right on Carlin Springs Road and go 0.6 miles to South Carlin Springs Road. Continue on South Carlin Springs Road 0.5 miles to Long Branch Nature Area and Glencarlyn Park.

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