Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary

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.


This is a popular spot for observing wintering waterfowl. During summer, osprey, green heron, red-winged blackbird, and mallard are common. In addition, summer vegetation along the lakeshore is alive with dragonflies and damselflies.


GPS Coordinates:  38.865392,  -77.041411

From Previous Site on the Great Falls Loop of VBWT:

From Monticello Park in Alexandria, travel north (left) on Russell Road 0.2 miles and turn left onto West Glebe Road. Go 0.8 miles and turn left onto South Glebe Road/SR 120 North. Proceed 0.1 miles and turn right on I-395 North. Travel to the George Washington Memorial Parkway and follow if south for approximately 0.5 miles to the exit for Roaches Run. The parking lot is on the right side.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: National Park Service: 703-289-2500
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary (as reported to eBird)

  • Mallard
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • American Crow
  • European Starling
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Canada Goose
  • Rock Pigeon

Seasonal Bird Observations


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