• Aerial view of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the fall

    George Washington

    Memorial Parkway DC, MD, VA

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  • Temporary Road Closure October 5, 2014 from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    The G.W. Parkway will be closed from Mount Vernon Circle to Old Town, Alexandria during a footrace event. Two sections of southbound traffic will remain open to southbound traffic: Old Town to Belle Haven Rd. and Vernon View Dr. to Stratford Ln. More »

Animals

Even though it is surrounded by human development, the parkway is home to a wide variety of animals, including:

  • 29 species of mammals
  • 254 species of birds
  • 45 species of reptiles and amphibians
  • 62 species of fish
  • 17 species of earthworms
  • 13 species of millipedes and centipedes
  • 46 species of crustaceans
  • 80 species of mollusks
  • 37 species of arachnids
  • 2644 species of insects

Twenty-one of these species are listed by the states of Virginia or Maryland as rare, threaten or endangered.

Did You Know?

Aerial view of the Parkway

Features like cloverleaf interchanges and grassy medians made the George Washington Memorial Parkway "America's Most Modern Motorway" when it opened in 1932. More...