Long Branch Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWTBefore heading out to visit a site on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail, be sure to check if that site has any COVID-19 policies or closures in place. This information is typically posted on a site's own website.


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 Previous Site on the Great Falls Loop of VBWT:

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.

Location & Directions

View on Google Maps

Site Information

Birds Recently Seen at Long Branch Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Barred Owl
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Wren
  • European Starling
  • American Robin
  • Common Grackle
  • Northern Cardinal

Seasonal Bird Observations


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