Preserving land, protecting resources. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is a 650-acre park in western Fairfax County with a history that spans 8,000 years. The park's habitats include forests, streams, meadows, and a pond. Inside the Walney Visitor Center you will learn about the natural and cultural history of the park, see live reptiles and ...
Nestled in Virginia’s Piedmont region, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park contains oak-hickory and cedar forests, streams, meadows and a pond that help support the local ecosystem. Streams inside the park, including Big Rocky Run, Walney Creek, and Round Lick Run, drain into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
The park is located at 5235 Walney Road in Centerville, VA. Most of the land that is now Ellanor C. Lawrence Park was once part of a farm called Walney. The Fairfax County Park Authority has owned the land since 1971. For the 230 years prior to the Park Authority’s ownership, only three families owned the land: Brown/Lewis, Machen, and Lawrence.
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is well suited to reinforce students’ knowledge of Virginia history and natural resources. Its 650 acres feature historic structures, evidence of past land use, and diverse natural habitats. Students can see firsthand the relationships among plants, animals and their environments and human impacts on the natural world.
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park has places for ball games, isolation in nature, history exploration, and everything in between. In the park are forests, streams, a meadow with a viewing platform, a butterfly garden, a pond, wildflowers, a natural area, an amphitheater, and hiking trails that wind around and through those park features.
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is a nature destination with creeks and ponds, forests and meadows, and an interpretive center. This site is a “must visit” for anyone traversing the Bull Run Loop. Entering the park, you are greeted by a small pond framed by a hiking trail, fishing deck, and boardwalks. Walney Pond, about once acre in extent, is ...
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park has a rentable picnic shelter next to the park's pond and across the street from Cabell's Mill. Click for Availability Calendar. *Full day reservations available 9 a.m. – Sunset. Rental fee is per day, single use rate.