South Alexandria

South Alexandria is an area of southeastern Fairfax County, Virginia. Despite the name, it is not part of the City of Alexandria; it is a colloquial name used by locals because the area has an Alexandria mailing address.

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South Alexandria includes communities such as Huntington, Hybla Valley, Fort Hunt, and Mount Vernon. While mostly known for the commercial corridor along U.S. Route 1 leading south from DC, the area has some hidden gems.

South Alexandria is very car-centric, and it is easiest to drive. The 38.7941-77.07531 Huntington Metro station is the current end of the Yellow Line and is just south of the Alexandria border. The rest of South Alexandria is accessible by bus.

Map of South Alexandria

  • 38.7678-77.04861 Dyke Marsh. One of the largest remaining pieces of freshwater tidal wetlands left in the DC area, accessible by a short hiking trail (updated Jul 2019)
  • 38.7602-77.09561 Huntley Meadows Park. An oasis of wilderness in the middle of suburban sprawl, notable for the amount and variety of wildlife that congregates there. Features a large beaver lake with a boardwalk constructed across it. (updated Jul 2019)
  • 38.7656-77.09471 Historic Huntley. Saturday 10AM–4PM, May–October. A 19th-century plantation house (updated Jul 2019)
  • 38.7147-77.05311 Fort Hunt Park, 8999 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, (On George Washington Memorial Parkway about 3½ miles north of the estate), +1 202 439-7325. sunrise to sunset. Popular with joggers and picnickers, the park holds defensive batteries from the former army installation, the exterior of which can be explored. free.  
  • 38.707778-77.0861111 Mount Vernon. George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens; has its own article  
  • 38.716667-77.1361111 Woodlawn Manor. (updated Jul 2019)

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