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“Park near the pond instead of visitor's center to enjoy the hiking”

Walney Visitor Center
Ranked #7 of 17 things to do in Chantilly
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

In early June, I saw a hawk, a turtle and white-breasted nuthatch birds. If you come to Ellanor Lawrence park via Walney Rd. & Route 28, the 1st stop is the parking lot near the Mill. There is a pond for fishing (not sure what you could catch - it's quite small), and plenty of gravel-lot parking, picnic tables and the trail network to start. From here you are actually about 1mi. (via the trails) to the visitor's center, which isn't marked on some FaIrfax County Park Authority maps. This park is a gem within a very urban area. I won't lie - you can still hear highway noise from Route 28 and Interstate 66, but it is a wonderful place to visit to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Thank mj_2fl
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Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Some awesome hiking trails.

This place is tucked away and a nice little escape from the hustle and bustle.

Great to reconnect with nature, family hikes and if you like geocaching there are quite a few caches on these trails.

Thank JoeTD
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Reviewed 5 May 2016

We go here every few weekends to walk in the woods. My son loves it here and is always asking to go. All the trails are pretty easy to navigate and is good for all ages.
There is rarely a lot of people out on the trails which is really nice, it's close by and an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of the suburban surroundings.

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Reviewed 19 May 2015

Nice walking/hiking paths in this area. There is a path that goes from the visitor's center to Walney Pond. Across the street from the pond is Cabell's Mill. From Cabell's Mill you can pick up a path that goes along Big Rocky Run. It's a beautiful, well-maintained path. Many folks go to Cabell's Mill to have wedding receptions or to have professional pictures taken on the beautiful grounds. The pond is fun for looking at fish, geese, and turtles.

Thank Sonja_W4
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Reviewed 6 January 2015

A great place for a short hike, a good nature center for elementary age kids. Fun local place to enjoy the seasonal changes.

Thank theresa33
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