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Chinquapin Park

Description

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 playing fields adjacent to the wooded area provide additional opportunities for wildlife observation. The community garden attracts many species of butterflies, including eastern tiger swallowtail.

Directions

Physical Address: 3210 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Follow l-395 north at the intersection of l-951a95/l-395 (mixing bowl). Continue about 5 miles to exit 5, US Rt. 7, King Street. Turn right onto King Street and travel about 1 mile to 3210 King St. The park entrance requires a right turn onto Chinquapin Dr., just after Alexandria City High School. Go past the Recreation Center on the left and up the hill to the driving loop. Trail entrance is at the southeast corner of the community gardens. Parking is available on the loop or just past the gardens in a parking lot. Brief parking and drop-off may be available behind the community gardens, depending on gardening activity.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: City of Alexandria Dept. of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities: 703-746-5553, chinquapin@alexandriava.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Chinquapin Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • American Crow
  • Swainson's Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • House Sparrow
  • House Finch

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Phone
  • Restrooms