Hidden Oaks Nature Center & Annandale Park

Important Notices

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Description

Hidden Oaks is part of the adjoining Annandale Community Park. The park’s forest is comprised of second growth tulip poplar, American beech, white and red oaks, and Virginia and white pines. Several hiking trails and a butterfly garden are available.

Over 100 species of birds have been seen along the park’s roads and trails including wild turkey, barred and great horned owls, and many species of warblers. Watch for waterthrushes and other stream birds at the three bridges over Accotink Creek, located along the west side of the nature center. These accessible stream valley woodlands provide excellent habitat for birds and excellent access for people. The Hidden Oaks Nature Center can provide driving directions to all other points along the Accotink Creek Stream Valley corridor, the first phase of the cross-county connector trail.

Directions

From Previous Site on the Great Falls Loop of VBWT:

Depart Wakefield Park and turn left to I-495 North; travel on I-495 North for 1.4 miles. Take Exit 2B/SR 236 East, go 0.4 miles and turn left at the first stoplight, Hummer Road. Travel 0.4 miles and turn left onto Royce Street. Go 0.1 miles and turn left into Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Fairfax County Park Authority: 703-941-1065
  • Website
  • Access: Free; closed Tuesday

Birds Recently Seen at Hidden Oaks Nature Center & Annandale Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Bike Trails
  • Environmental Study Area
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms