Unwind and Unplug at Dora Kelley Nature Park

July 22, 2020 / editor

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep. Robert Frost probably wasn’t talking about Dora Kelley Nature Park specifically, but these words certainly come to mind when you see this gorgeous, wooded area. Dora Kelley Nature Park is actually one of the largest parks in Alexandria and is named for local nature lover, conservation activist, and all-around green goddess Dora Kelley. She worked to preserve the natural area near her home, which now makes up the 50-acre park. Find a combination oak/hickory forest with plenty of hiking trails, along with a stream valley and freshwater marsh. Bring your little ones to discover animal and plant species, or use the park trails for a brisk walk or bike ride while you continue to socially distance. Dora Kelley Nature Park also includes the Buddie Ford Nature Center for live animal demonstrations, and on site resources courtesy of the Park Naturalist.

There are multiple entrance points to Dora Kelley Nature Park, with the main entrance being located on the corner of Beauregard and Morgan Streets. Make it your go to spot any time you want to visit with Mother Nature.