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1. Greenbelt Campground

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88 reviews
Greenbelt Campground
Price/Quality
5
Available Services
5
Location
5
Parking Availability
5
Wifi
5

Address: Riverdale, MD 20737

Telephone: (301) 344-3944

Guy: Campground


Review: "Great campsites with trees and separation between the sites."

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Heather Bowman: Upon checking in, realized our site was too small for our tents (a 3 person and a 1 person). We were able to switch sites but then realized the bathrooms were gross. The mens room did not have doors on the stalls which made my 10 year old son uncomfortable. The ranger was incredibly helpful and kind, but we left.

C F: So I understand that the campground has been closed for awhile and recently opened. It could definitely use some upgrades, but seems like they are working on it. Bathrooms are outdated and on the dirty side, but warm and functional. It's been below freezing at night so the tick problem isn't so bad yet, but I did find one on my dog. I imagine it will get worse as the weather gets warmer. The park is really big with trails and picnic areas, but because of the cold weather I haven't done much hiking, but the one trail I did hike was nice. The camp host is super nice and drops in to chat while doing his rounds, and was very helpful with a few things I needed and questions I had. Overall, for 20 bucks a night to be this close to DC, I can't believe that the place is not packed for cherry blossom season, but it's almost empty. It's really a nice campground and will hopefully get better if they do some upgrades, which it seems like they are.

Arndts Aren’t Staying Put: We enjoyed our time at Greenbelt Campground. This affordable option near the District was awesome for exploring the Capitol. Lots of nature and wildlife to explore at this beautiful spot. The only things we didn’t love were the tight fitting campsites, unlevel spaces, and lack of electric hookup options. Still, we recommend this park! We’re the Arndts, a family of four (+2 cats) traveling the US’ state and national parks full time. Follow us on Instagram: @arndts.arent.staying.put

Blaine Kaiser: Pretty good campground. $20/night is not terrible for how close you are to DC and metro stations to take you in via train. Spots are nice and blacktopped. The fire pit and grill in my pictures are some of the nicer ones I could find to photograph. A lot of the fire pits are pretty well destroyed. The bathrooms are probably a 6/10. I'm not sure they got cleaned the first week we were there. The showers could use more attention than what they get, the shower often times has a drain full of hair. It would be awesome if there was power provided. Overall, totally worth the stay.

Scott Schroth: Awesome camp ground. Very well kept paths and pad suites. Most camp sites have a fire cover they ask you to use for control. The cover is a great aid to help cook food or roast marshmallows. Most site areas have a picnic cable and a standing grill near by each site.

merlemcc: Stayed one night while passing through on a bike trip. Our fellow campers are quiet, but you hear some traffic noise from the city. Our campsite was washed out from heavy rain and unusable; we set up our tents on the pavement. Bathrooms were clean enough, with nice hot water in the shower, but in disrepair. In general, it looks like a park hanging on with a shoestring budget. Ranger was very friendly and took the time to chat with us.

Mirko Abad: Very peaceful. Really relaxing is worth the trip and spend a few days.

Waleed AlRayes: Online and easy booking, amazing place and close to downtown attractions

Sebastien Pilon: Perfect place to stay if you want to visit the Capitol while camping and having fun!!

Chris: Great campgrounds! Plenty of drive-in campsites with built-in picnic tables, fire pits, and warm restrooms.

2. Cherry Hill Park

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Cherry Hill Park
Price/Quality
5
Available Services
5
Location
5
Parking Availability
5
Wifi
5

Address: 9800 Cherry Hill Rd, College Park, MD 20740

Telephone: (301) 937-7116

Guy: Campground


Review: "One of the best campsites I've stayed at yet."

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Eric Isaacson: I had high expectations and they were well met. So much of the staff was just so friendly and actually trying to make sure we enjoyed our stay. I even saw a lifeguard smiling while watching kids play in the pool. They're just happy and helpful and care. The facilities were great. We played in the pool, did laundry, enjoyed their out door movie night, played on multiple playgrounds, and sat in the hot tub. You'll want to make sure you have a support slinky for your sewer hose though as their drain pipes are a little elevated. also, just a heads up that the Cherry Hill bus line that starts and ends at the gate is not super dependable and just doesn't show sometimes, twice for us. That's not the campgrounds fault, just a heads up for visitors. On this trip, we've seen Mt. Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, the Gateway Arch, the National Mall, and the Smithsonian Zoo (to name a few) but Cherry Hill is the favorite destination for some of my kids and in the top few for all of them. This was a sad place to move out of as we continued our trip. Thank you!
Response: Thanks, Eric, it makes us so happy to hear that you and your family were treated well at our campground. We love our staff, and we're so glad they made such a positive impact on your stay!

Gigliotti Family: Great RV resort with lots of amenities and close to DC. We stayed for 3 nights over Easter. Sites are a little small but very clean. Bathhouses were close and also very clean. We had planned on going into DC 2 separate days but there was so much to do at the resort and our kids were having so much fun we decided to stay at the campground for 1 of the days instead of going into DC. The transportation offered to the metro was excellent and so convenient! Being novice campers, we forgot a few things but the general store at the campground had everything we needed. The cafe also has excellent food! We will definitely be back!!
Response: Thanks for camping with us - we're happy to hear your family enjoyed the amenities so much! See you next time :)

Kellie Fischer: We brought our RV in at night and they were very accommodating to helping us find our site. Jon was so kind and helpful to us our whole stay. We really appreciated his help and conversation! The location was fabulous! The young man in the camp store gave us exact directions into Washington DC and even assisted in loading subway cards so I didn't have to fuss with getting them at subway station. Great customer service! Thank you Cherry Hill Park!
Response: We agree, Jon rocks! We will pass on the compliment. We're so glad our staff helped make your trip easy and relaxing!

Desi Jerry: The camp grounds was immaculate, bathrooms were clean at all times! We stayed in the premium tent site that were well worth the extra fee. Having the lawn chairs and gazebo was wonderful… Our family will stay here again! Location was close to stores if you needed to pick up groceries. The site also supplied Ice and wood delivery!
Response: We're so glad you enjoyed the premium tent sites - thanks for camping with us, Desi!

Michael Kraxberger: What a great place! The campgrounds are huge, but because of the segmented areas, it still has a small park feel - depending on where you are located. Some areas are quite tight and look crowded, others a little more spacious. Location is everything - this is 5 minutes from the Metro station (actually 2, we always went to Greenbelt station) which will take you anywhere inside the beltway, several downtown locations, and even to Mt. Vernon. The campground also has several private tours directly into DC - we took the night tour, which was a marked difference in the standard group tour. Grounds - exceptionally maintained. Amenities - beyond expectations. DC highlights seminar at 4:00 every day - fantastic content and helpful advice about the city. 2 pools, Hot tub, and sauna, two laundry rooms, clean, spacious, well-lit bathhouses, kids programs, gated access - all above standard. This is one of the best in the country!
Response: Wow, Michael, thanks so much! We're really glad you were impressed with us, and we hope we helped make your trip to DC everything it could be. Thanks for camping with us!

Angeli: Everything was Excellent! The customer service was great. Everyone my husband and I dealt with that worked at the campground was very friendly , helpful and welcoming. The facilities ( Bathhouses) the shower stalls were keep pristine, there were very good water pressure and plenty of hot water. All of the amenities were obviously well maintained, The pool, Splash pad, miniature Golf, Basketball Court. The campground at Cherry Hill Park is a beautiful place with many areas of peaceful tranquility so you can really relax. Also the roadways are well paved and lighted to make driving at night around the campground or even walking around at night quite comfortable. We used a tent and our site #116 was great. plenty of room for our vehicle, tent and lounge chairs. A picnic table and fire was provided. Thank you to everyone at Cherry Hill Campgounds. My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves and are already planning a return trip later this year.
Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your trip, Angeli! Sounds like we'll see you again soon :)

Shelli Echave: Park was wonderful! The staff was super friendly and helpful, the grounds were very clean and well maintained. The laundry and showers were conveniently located and reasonably priced. The metro bus made it easy to connect to the metro line for the ride into DC. Overall, I couldn't be happier with my stay.
Response: Thanks, Shelli, we're so glad to hear that!

Jeff Dykie: Our family stayed here in a travel trailer. We chose Cherry Hill Park because of how close it is to Washington DC. Cherry Hill is fabulous! We have stayed at many campgrounds and this was one of the nicest. The pride the owners and employees have in this campground is evident when you first enter. There really are no "bad" sites. A lot to do, great store. Went to DC on the express bus, very convenient. We already booked for next summer!
Response: Thanks, Jeff - we're so glad to hear you'll be joining us again next year!

Ashley Savina: Love this park! I stayed in the couple' style dog friendly pod and it was one of the cleanest places I've stayed. It was nice having the climate control, electricity, bed, table/chairs, mini fridge and microwave for more of a "glamping" experience. It was nice having shelter during the rain as well. You do hear traffic from the highway which was like white noise to me but for some it might take away from wanting to enjoy "peace and quiet" The bath house was very clean too.This camp ground is well taken care of. Lots of activities around the park, I can't wait to come back!
Response: Thanks Ashley - we're so glad you enjoyed the pod!

Eric Wolf: This was our second trip to Cherry Hill. We were here 5 years ago and stayed in a cabin, that has since been upgraded to a Yurt. This time we came in our own camper. We would highly recommend and will definitely return when we want to visit DC again. The convenience of the location is unbeatable. They do run a bus from the campground to the nearest metro station. We opted to drive our truck to the Greenbelt station and park for a $4.95 flat rate during the week, free on weekends and get a 3 - day metro pass ($28.00) We could not have been happier with this decision. The drive in on weekdays to DC was routinely showing 1 hour on google maps. The Campground has definitely made many improvements since we were last here. The pool is a fun spot, the dog park is great, the mini golf is as good as any that would pay to go to. (there is a $1 fee per person) I was glad to pay as it kept kids from just congregating there. The workers were all very friendly. We ended up in the middle of a large group of campers who told us they were there to party. Party they did, but the campground was on top of them and shut them down promptly at 10 p.m. every day. The bathhouses were clean and maintained, as is the whole campground. It is very well kept up. The store is well stocked with groceries and essentially an RV parts store. The only negative is that there is a fair bit of highway noise, but we were okay with that since we were so close to DC.
Response: Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Eric. We agree that the Metro is the best way to avoid the often traffic-y drive into DC. We are so happy to hear that we were on top of enforcing our quiet hours - we've implemented a ranger program over the past couple of years to address this exact issue, and we're so pleased with our excellent team! We appreciate you camping with us, and we hope we'll see you again next time you're traveling in our area!

3. Swains Lock Hiker/Biker Campsite

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Swains Lock Hiker/Biker Campsite
Price/Quality
5
Available Services
5
Location
5
Parking Availability
5
Wifi
5

Address: Potomac, MD 20854

Telephone: (301) 739-4200

Guy: Campground


Review: "Great primitive campsite we have used a few different times!"

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Hunter Long: I was there just this Sunday 6*26*22. When it was 98° out you didn't feel any of it in the shade at the campsite sitting by the water it was some cool 75°. Great place to overnight 🏕 for free. You can day 🏕, sit out in the hammock grill out. Just a great place to explore. You can fish if you want, you can kayak, canoe there's a small Island to visit by water transportation. Just a very good place for family friends or alone.

Nicholas Montalto: Great primitive campsite we have used a few different times! Set in vicinity of the old swains lock lock house. You can even reserve a stay in the building or camp on one of the five overnight camping sites. Plenty to do and not that far away from great falls if you want to hike down and back and check out the falls from the MD side.

David Harris: This campsite had a day-use area on one side and 5 campsites, each with a picnic table and a fire pit. Not very much available firewood on the ground (quite picked over), but lots across the canal in the wooded area (nearby bridge makes that easy). Beautiful view of river but difficult access (steep banks about 10 feed straight down for most of it). Lovely flocks of merganser ducks and canada geese in late Nov in the morning. 4-5 port-a-potties up by the C&O path, campsite is downhill from it. Try to arrive with some daylight left or else it is difficult to find exactly where the campsites are.

Harley Johnson: What a beautiful, quiet, and small campsite. It’s really tucked in and hidden behind a trail, which means it can be quiet, but also have a lot of foot traffic. There are no more than 8 sites so be sure to get your spot locked in! I LOVE that this is right along the river. It’s also incredibly close to Great Falls, if you want to walk 3.5 miles on the towpath to get there.

Mark Perschel: It is so convenient to the road that it is a little to accessible. Other that that it is a beautiful area and sets up for a nice bicycle ride into DC...

John Ainsworth: Benn coming here since I was kid. Great place to look at old history. Very difficult concerning parking.

Lewis Bryant: Great place to chill, camp, hike or bike. My new go to spot. Just wish it wasn't so far from me and the parking is very limited.

BabyFUG: Nice place, free camping. Only downside is the bathroom doesn't get cleaned enough and is always out of toilet paper.

Smokey Beard: Great spot to camp especially if you want to bike to Washington DC the next day only 18. Mile marker 26 next camp sits going north has better water access. Watch out for the crazy squirrel he will bite right through your bags even tent if you keep food close enough. Lot of mosquitos bring bug spray or you will be eaten alive. I never use bug spray but had no choice this time.

Robert Dickson: The wind exacerbates the cold in the winter, but overall this is a nice spot to stay along the canal towpath.

4. Greenbelt Park

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Greenbelt Park
Price/Quality
4.8
Available Services
5
Location
4.5
Parking Availability
5
Wifi
4.3

Address: 6565 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (301) 344-3944

Guy: National park


Review: "Friendly staff, safe and nice campsite!"

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Rick Sussman: Though we lived in the area for nearly 25 years (Montgomery County) this was our first time here. And a wonderful time of year for camping, too, with hardly anybody else here. We spent 5 nights in D loop in our 30 ft travel trailer, using our generator throughout the day and evening as necessary. Our site was just long enough for us, fairly level and open. We spent much of our time outside the park visiting family. And as close to very urban areas as it is, in the back of the campground it almost felt remote. Sunsets were beautiful.

Na'ilah Dawkins: I gotta say as my first time coming here there is so much space, it's within 15-20 minutes, and fun for all age groups! It was my first time at the park. I was participating in 'Eco-Games' a Sierra Club event! I'm a member, I went. It was very fun! I was alarmed though at the park bathroom situation and lack of available staff concerning communicating about any concerns. The bathroom needs soap on deck and ut didn't! Thank goodness I had hand sanitizer. The women's bathroom left sink didn't work. I used the one to the right side. Disappointed. Where is the funding for national parks like this going, if bathroom necessities are lacking? More funding for our state parks are needed!

Moving on with Old Man River Old man river: I camped at this national park last night May 4th 2022. I am a tent camper and want certain things. I want a bathroom close. Before you book please know what you are booking. A great number of the camping sites have (for me) too much of a slant. I drove around took the number of different campsites and then booked They charge 20.00 per night and have the discount rate of half price for the disabled card holders. The park is close to Washington DC.

Richard C. IV: With miles of unpaved trails meandering through a lush and verdant forest teaming with life, it is easy to forget you are inside the capital beltway. The freshly repaved roads throughout the park are a magnet for road bikes zipping up and down the small hills. Truly a wonderful outdoor oasis in the heart of the DMV.

Jarmonay Nelson: This place is decent. When you have a group of first time, campers or children. I did not like that. The people drove around all throughout the night. I mean it's safe. They make sure that we're safe, but it was like kind of annoying when your children are trying to sleep and they still have their high beams on making sure that there's no fire or anything. . This place has a lot of bugs like of every kind I seen so many bugs in the bathroom at our campsite and the grass just everywhere hanging out spiders all types of critters. This place definitely had a lot of extra wood and trees around to help you grow better fire. I like that they had a clean bathroom and a water pump. This campground feels like a big community and I like that, but I also love privacy so I probably won't come back unless I invite a big group of children or friends who want to experience camping. You can hear the police cars and the city still. And that's not very peaceful but overall we enjoyed the stay.

Favio Urla: Plenty of parking alway a plus; and benches. No parking or entrance fee. Has a short trail and a long trail (1.4 miles). Pet friendly, but do please pickup after your friends 🐕💩 droppings.

Mike Jones: Nice park in urban area. Hosted 40 years of Wednesday night bike racing, which is the only reason I go there!

Sean Troxell: The roads and parking lots are open again. We had a nice walk with the kiddos on a brisk sunny day.

Stick X: Its a nice campground with a nice area and also provides showers (not many campgrounds provide showers). Although, the camping sites are really close to each other and it kinda feels a little weird camping 10 feet away from an entire other family. Although the trails are nice.

Hannah T: Great campsite for our tent camping with kids. Had large lots and no gravel camping pad. We got a no electricity lot that Included water nearby and a shower/bathroom nearby and great trails for walking. We did find a Lone Star Tick on one of our party while at the campgrounds. Hadn’t realized they were in the area.

5. Rock Creek Park

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Rock Creek Park
Price/Quality
4.2
Available Services
5
Location
4.7
Parking Availability
4
Wifi
4.7

Address: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

Guy: National park


Review: "My first time and love the walking pad next to the water."

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Maame N: Great picnic areas. Spacious and clean spaces. Bathrooms were relatively clean for a park. No funky smell, well lit, and ac controlled. Kayaking, pedal boat, and row boat available on the lake. Playgrounds are really nice. Home/bike trail available too.

Mike Jones: A jewel in the heart of DC. A great escape from the city within the city. Great for biking, hiking, picnicking, bird watching, golfing, and more. I'm so grateful to live 5 minutes from Rock Creek for the past 25 years.

Kenneth Kilgour: Rock Creek Park is an underappreciated DC treasure. It's lousy with wildlife. It's tranquil. And it's nearby. Rock Creek has a nature center, hiking trails, and picnic areas, some with pavilions. Some of the roadways are closed to motor vehicles. Please do not feed the ducks; it violated Park Service rules, and it's harmful to the ducks, besides.

Dawn Anacleto-Tosca: Rock Creek is a total jem in the middle of DC. I love it there so much. So many awesome trails & for as long as I've been going I always find new trails and see new areas.

Esther Y: You can park anywhere with a picnic area. However, traffic can get pretty bad during the day. Lots of trees! There is also a biking path on the side :)

Rosie C: A great place to hike especially during the fall. There are different routes you can take all ranging in distance and intensity. Make sure you get back to your car before dark.

Jason Williams: One of my favorite parks in the DMV area. I've never had issues with parking and it's not as congested on the weekend as many other parks. The scenery is beautiful and I've never noticed any trash or water bottles lying around anywhere throughout the short time I've been coming here. It's a nice way to escape the feeling of being in DC without actually leaving DC.

Joe J.: This relatively large, beautiful park located in the city of Washington DC is a nice escape from the bustles and noises. There are a few nice spots like the amphitheater and a few trails that definitely shouldn't be missed. Overall, I find it amazing to have such a nice nature retreat in the middle of the city with such greenery. This place looks amazing in the summer with green leaves everywhere. The creek is also nice to follow!

Jessica Long: Beautiful paved trails. Wooded trails that were by the creek. It wasn’t the clearest which direction to go to stay in the main wooded region because there weren’t easily accessible or visualized signs with route maps. But lots of ground to discover.

EDP: Love this park. I wish I had more time to discover more of the location. There’s one section closed off to traffic which made it much more enjoyable.

6. Pohick Bay Regional Park

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Pohick Bay Regional Park
Price/Quality
4.7
Available Services
4.5
Location
4.1
Parking Availability
4.2
Wifi
4.1

Address: 6501 Pohick Bay Dr, Lorton, VA 22079

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6:30AM

Telephone: (703) 339-6104

Guy: Park


Review: "Great camping with large campsite"

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Amanda McHugh: A great park with lots to do - easy to spend a whole day here. There’s a gorgeous lake that you can enjoy (boating, fishing, etc.). Paddle boards, canoes/kayaks, and some other non-motorized water equipment is available for rent or you can bring your own. There’s a boat drop available (small fee charged upon entering the park) and a smaller launch site for things like kayaks and paddle boards. There are pavilions with grills available for reservation, a disc golf course, and a water park for the kiddos. There are also some hiking/walking trails. Don’t sleep on this park - it’s great!
Response: Thank you Amanda! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Regional Park! We hope you come back and visit us again very soon!

Abby Berk: Amazing camping experience! We had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect, the campsite are so spacious (we stayed in a non-electric site). Their grounds were well kept and lovely. They had an outdoor movie night that was such a fun surprise! We bought all our firewood from the campstore - it was such high quality wood, easy to light, easy to get more if needed! We played their disc golf course. I love that they sell discs in the camp store. It was a nice course, great for beginners. A nice amount in the sun and in the shade. We also tried a few if their trails! They were so fun! Tons of dogs and kids. The acorns were a little exciting on the trails- I recommend a good tread on your shoes. We will definitely be coming back! I can't wait until next year to try out their kayaks.
Response: Thank you Abby! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay campground! We hope you come back and camp with us again very soon!

Mike E.: Our early Spring visit was beautiful. Few people on the trails (we saw one guy over two hours of walking multiple trails). Lovely trail system so you can piece together any length. Great for hiking and fairly non-technical trail running. Some hills, but just enough to get your heart going and make you feel alive. We'll be back for sure.
Response: Thank you Mike! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Regional Park! We look forward to welcoming you back!

Louise Brady: We only experienced the youth group campsite with the cub scouts and half of the red trail but it was fantastic. Looking to come back and explore more another weekend. We saw multiple frogs, and a baby caterpillar.
Response: Thank you Louise! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Regional Park! We look forward to welcoming you back!

Josh Williams: We love stopping by the park for the putt putt golf, the water park in the summer, and the playground is nice for the kiddos. Always a fun place to stop by with the family to get away from the hussle and bustle of Northern Virginia
Response: Thank you Josh! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Regional Park! We look forward to welcoming you and your family back!

Daniel Hudson: Very family friendly. Lots to do in one place and everything I have tried has been great. Disc golf course is a little more open now after a few trees had to be taken down due to a storm. Beginner friendly and a great place to learn. Be ready to hit some trees!
Response: Thank you Daniel! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Regional Park and enjoyed your disc golf course!

John Varney: Great campground, with lots of extra amenities! Primitive camping all the way through "tour bus" sites with full hookups. Family and pet friendly! We will definitely be staying here again.
Response: Thank you John! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Campground! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon!

Ajisai Purple: I was really surprised there was a lot of wildlife. Really nice campground but glass was all over my site when I arrived. I tried cleaning it up. The bathrooms were muddy. Faucets were too close to the edge.
Response: Thank you Ajisai! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Campground. We apologize for the glass in your campground. In the future please contact the park manager for any issues you may encounter. We want to make sure your camping experience is the best as possible.

My Hanitizer: Lovely to visit, hike, do water activities and kids can be kids on the playground. I wasn't sure if they had grills but we had tons of fun and went on kayak it was fun. The girls saw horses that was sweet!
Response: Thank you! We're so glad you and your family had a wonderful day at Pohick Bay Regional Park. We hope you come back and visit us again very soon!

Amanda Parks: A great family fun day awaits you at Pirate's Cove. Cool off on a hot day in their relaxing pools. There's plenty to do here and delicious food as well. Enjoy!
Response: Thank you Amanda! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pirate's Cove Waterpark! We hope you come back and visit us for another day of endless summer fun!

7. Great Falls Park

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Great Falls Park
Price/Quality
4.7
Available Services
4.5
Location
4.2
Parking Availability
4
Wifi
4.9

Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Telephone: (703) 757-3101

Guy: National park


Review: "Amazing first time there and first time hiking was amazing"

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Credible Critic: A beautiful park, well-maintained featuring its natural attributes splendidly. The observation areas are well situated for everyone, including the physical-challenged people. Many shaded areas for families to picnic or just simply taking a break to take in the views. We really enjoyed walking, hiking along the river trail. The trail took us right to the edges of many cliffs, showing the spectacular views of the water. A great area to enjoy nature, just a few steps from the hustle of the city. A must visit in the DC area.

Triloka Shanbhag: I love Great Falls park for a good day out in nature. There are so many hikes and trails to choose from and can be for all level of hikers/walkers. Its also a great spot for just a picnic or finding look out points over Potomac. I'm pleasantly surprised at the level of care and maintenance that goes into this large of an area including keeping trails clear. Entry fee to the park is $20/car without a National parks annual pass. Love coming back here.

Parker Kelley: Very fun experience and atmosphere ! I was thrilled to see that they do military discount upon entry. Finding parking was a little tough due to the amount of spots they have available. The park itself, including the bathrooms and walkways, were clean. They had a food truck serving different types of foods and drinks. The views of the waterfall is amazing & the hiking trails also has great views. I will definitely be back.

Jessica Alva: This place is beautiful! You only need to be a walker to experience its beauty. Lots of paved trails. However, there are pathways you can take that are also clearly marked. Plenty of placards to indicate what happened or what is going on at certain locations. There are the overviews of the falls; personally I liked overview 1 best, as it is the closest to the falls!

Cerenna Redmon: Definitely a go-to destination in the area. There are a couple scenic points to see the falls and like many things, you have to see it to get a real feel for just how amazing it is! There are other trails that extend beyond the falls. One trail follows the river and offers some fun rock scrambling. The trails are relatively flat without much elevation gain. So the difficulty is easier. There is a lot of outdoor rock climbing all along the river! If you're into that, try it out. I've climbed here many times, but the early bird gets the worm on the weekends (early bird gets first pick on where to climb). There are two parking lots when you enter the park. Admission is $20 per vehicle or something close to that price. But don't forget you can buy a national parks pass and see other parks year-round! There is a visitor center, bathrooms, picnic tables, and tons of beautiful nature

El Cid: Car lines can be long on the way in. The $20 entrance fee per vehicle feels little steep IMO esp when found out that the visitor center is closed for renovation, and limited availability of rest rooms. Plenty of parking, they fill up fast though, so get there early if you can. Rest rooms are limited considering the number of people at the park, and when they are being cleaned be prepared to wait. There are some rest rooms available but is a little walk in the other direction. Picnic tables are available, a lot of them could use a good pressure washing. Saw several food trucks on site, which is good if you forgot to bring your food. The main attraction of the park: the falls is great, several viewing platforms/overlooks provide good view. it's a bit crowded when we went but not a big issue. Have not explored other trails, but its worth a visit.

armaan Khan: Great place to visit. $20 per car entry fee. The pass is good for a week. Plenty of parking. Multiple view points. Trails is not harsh. White river rafting available. Rocky trail towards the end. There are snakes and spiders along the trail busy over the weekend. The currents are really dangerous. The water is calm near the beginning of the trail. Must experience it.

Steffanny Leiva: What a beautiful place to go for a walk! you really enjoy the view and the constant noise of the water throughout the trail. It is a place that I recommend visiting on weekdays, on weekends many people go and you cannot appreciate the true beauty of the Billy Goat trail.

Da-Wang Wu: There are three overlooks, and each of them has a great view. Although it’s an easy hike, I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes since there are still some rocks and ups and downs. The first overlook is just next to the visitor center, and the other two are within 10 minutes by walking. The entrance fee is $20, and National park pass can be used here. When the weather is good, parking lots can be filled up quickly. Highly recommend for a half/full day trip!

Jeff Kale: Well maintained National Park on the Virginia side of the Potomac River with breathtaking views of the falls and numerous hiking trails. Picnic area near the Visitor Center with charcoal grills and there was a Food Truck there today. Park entrance fees are $20 per vehicle unless you purchase an annual pass for $35 or have a Lifetime Pass. Great family fun!

8. Lake Fairfax Park

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Lake Fairfax Park
Price/Quality
4.7
Available Services
4.3
Location
4.6
Parking Availability
5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr, Reston, VA 20190

Telephone: (703) 471-5414

Guy: Campground


Review: "Great starter campsite."

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Dennis Pelczynski: Excellent park for day activities, mountain biking, assorted sports and camping. Campsites were a bit overgrown but the bathhouses were really top notch. Our campsite was along a small creek and beneath a rock outcropping making it feel like we traveled out of the DC Metropolitan area. It's a great location for a long weekend camping trip with biking and hiking but not having to travel hours away. Perfect for novice adventurers.

It’s me Charzi: A very big park and a very good for camping. You have plenty of activity to do within the park and there is separate campground where you do your camping with your family. Over the weekends saw school kids camping with their family and was looking so good. Heard from friends that is safe to camp .

S. Mtambo: Fantastic place, there's skate parks, sports fields and a play area near the lake. The scenery is beautiful around the RV campgrounds

Litzy Aguilar: Beautiful & relaxing lake. Perfect place for camping, RV parking, skatepark, hiking trails, grills everywhere, and a water park.

Rana Emad: So much to do there! There’s the lake that’s always serene (but you might have to go early when there aren’t a lot of people since they can play music pretty loud). There’s many skate boarding ramps. There’s a massive area for camping (both tents and RVs). It’s a great location since it’s close to the “city” but far enough to be immersed in nature. They have a nice bathroom area as well as porta-potties scattered around. They’re almost always clean. The camping grounds we’ve used range from being next to someone else’s tent to being pretty far away from the next lot. You have to reserve an area if you plan on spending the night.

Russell M: Lake Fairfax is a gem. If you guessed that there is a lake, you are correct, but that’s just the start. There is a very cool water park that is great for kids. There are a bunch of soccer fields, baseball fields, but there is also a cricket field. Not easy to find those around here. A nice little skate park for the little shredders, and a great campground that is very popular in the warmer months. The Fairfax Cross County Connector trail also goes right through the park, anchoring a green network of mountain bike trails. There are plenty of fun rock gardens, roots, twists and turns that make riding here a blast, and there is a very cool jump/flow trail being built very close to the little pump track that I can’t wait to try out.

Angela Owens: Reserved a campsite for Friday, Sat, Sunday of Memorial day weekend 2022 with our 27ft camper. Being a holiday weekend the campsites were not mowed in preparation. The pavilions were but for people staying a few days, more care should have been taken given the price per night and the higher end location of the campground. Campsite was extremely uneven and we were not prepared nor was our neighbor, who we loaned a purchased board to. Price for wood was $10 for 5-6logs - wow. Perhaps we are used to more accommodating and reasonable places. I will say that the location is close to everything and that was enjoyable. We didn't get to see everything at the campgrounds or lake but it is a nice area. The poor lots and lack of information ahead of time is the reason for the lower rating.

Doug Marcks: Crowded but fun. Get there early to get a spot with an umbrella. You can purchase food or bring your own which is a plus. Lots of lifeguards and it seemed they were actually paying attention. The kids loved it.

Rebecca Lee: The Watermine is excellent. Lots of variety for kids of all ages. Plenty if attentive lifeguards kept vigilant with frequent rotations and vest. Nice current on the lazy river and plenty of space to sit out and eat lunch or take a break. We spent 3 and a half hours there and the kids weren't ready to leave.

Andrea M. Watling: Love this place! There's plenty of space to go on a hike or just lounge by the lake and fish. Plenty of people get on their kayaks, paddle board and paddle boats. Families have a picnic under the trees and there's a water park that would probably be open if not for COVID-19. Highly recommend!

9. Robert C McDonell Campground

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Robert C McDonell Campground
Price/Quality
4.2
Available Services
4.9
Location
4.8
Parking Availability
4.7
Wifi
4.2

Address: 7701 Tuckerman Ln, Rockville, MD 20854

Telephone: (301) 495-2525

Guy: Campground


Review: "Perfect spot to take your local kid camping for the first time."

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x: Perfect spot to take your local kid camping for the first time. Online signup is easy. Each site has firewood, water, toilets, tables, fire-ring, close parking, charcoal grill & is out of sight and earshot of other sites. For local residents only, maintained by local girl scouts, & well run by the County govt.

C P: I had a very pleasant experience making a reservation over the phone, and my group was really pleased with the site when we arrived! Everything was clean, port-o-potty was readily accessible, and there was even a stack of firewood available for guests to use. The noise from the highway didn’t bother us as we hung out around the bonfire. The only tricky thing was finding the our way in—Google Maps tried to tell us we could get into the park through a nearby shopping center when the entrance is on Tuckerman road! Be sure to clean up after yourself while enjoying the park so that future visitors can enjoy it too!

Lokesh Runner: People are using this campground as a dog park. They will not pick dog poop. You can see it all over. They will even not use leash when trail marker clearly says dog should always be on leash. I never see any park ranger here. People will bring their dogs to train here and dog will scare badly other trail users. Otherwise I like to keep coming again.

Matthew Zingg: I wish I could give this place ZERO stars. Apparently, only county residents can reserve spots...which is UNAMERICAN! Do yourself a favor and go six miles down the road to the C&O. It's free and you don't have to be around people who think they're better than you.

John Yoder: Terrible customer service, I hung up because they couldn't speak english. The guy kept telling me they didn't rent tents and could not understand that I wanted a site for a tent.

Walter Houser: Pretty setting next to noisy I270. Many tent sites bordered by landscaping timbers.

C Everett: don't waste you time or money. they don't speak English , I swear it was like I was in another country trying to deal with these people. I just gave up, and hung up.

Jakub corp.: I usually go on walks around the campground, it’s very relaxing.

Robert and Sheila: Customer service is rude and unhelpful, but otherwise, the place is beautiful.

Greg Minneman: Poor parking for a large girl scout event

10. Fort Washington Park

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Fort Washington Park
Price/Quality
4.4
Available Services
4.6
Location
4.7
Parking Availability
4.7
Wifi
5

Address: 13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (301) 763-4600

Guy: National park


Review: "... a great place for walking and fishing, I did not fish on the first visit"

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Dee Mali: Fort Washington Park is historically beautiful. It's nice that it sits right along the river too. Be prepared if you're going to check out the historic site, it has plenty of inclines and declines, wonderful for a nice hike. I saw several people walking the parking lot and roads(which are obviously mostly flat) for exercise. There's plenty of shells on the bank of the river too. Fun place to visit, learn a little history, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river.

Bridgette Jenkins: Great park with a lot of walking trails and historic sites. Really pretty drive through as well or a picnic and bike ride. We went on a Sunday around 10am and there were minimal visitors but got hot quickly so we left about 40min in. But there was still a lot left we didnt see so we plan to return and check out another day and maybe just picnic in the shade.

Ann Yanagihara: This is a beautiful park. There's a lot of historic buildings and it's a beautiful settibg on the Potomac River. There are well groomed easy trails throughout the park, a Visitor's Center and plenty of parking. I didn't pay to enter but it was during the week in the late morning. Not sure if they charge on weekends as there was a gatehouse but it is Federally run. When I was there, it was quiet but with plenty of walkers so as to not feel uncomfortable. Dogs have to be on lead but there were plenty there.

Jonathan Beary: Great location for an outdoor walk with some amazing sight seeing. The fort is open for limited hours each day but the surrounding areas are still fun to explore. Portable toilets are available for the brave or desperate visitor.

Rena Correia: Came for our National Parks Passport stamps and found a beautiful park overlooking the water. Lots of history here with beautiful walking paths throughout the park. We'll definitely be back to walk around the park more leisurely.

Stella C: Very scenic and lovely to go on a walk and take in the local history. The core by the water and the paths are truly relaxing. You can go to the upper or lower levels or walk between to see all the park has to offer.

Rodricka Elliott: Fort Washington is a cool place to check out, especially if you are an American history buff. You have a chance to not only view the fort, but check out some artillery, period furniture, Harmony Hall (a plantation mansion overlooking the Potomac) and there is, of course, plenty of green space for walking. Also, every first Sunday of the month they fire the cannon, accompanied with a brief history of the fort, on the hour a few times a day. Warning: the sound is VERY loud so it may not be ideal for dogs or persons with sensitive ears.

Moving on with Old Man River Old man river: This fort right across the Potomac from Mount Vernon was built right before the battle of 1814. This is one of the brick and mortar forts built for coastal defense. This fort was to protect Washington DC. It was burned after the fall of Washington. It was then rebuilt and during the War between the states and upgraded with heavy guns. It was then upgraded for WW1. They kept the fort and building the same design.

Monica Arciga: What a wonderful surprise! This fort is huge with lots of green space all around. There are many rooms to imagine how defense took place. The views are great. I was hoping for a little more information about the fort and any battles that occurrrd. Plenty of parking.

Christann Chanell: I love the water. I love living near the water. Fort Washington Park is such a beautiful place to walk, sit, relax, read, enjoy an amazing sunset and even see a family of deer grazing on the grounds! A definite must see for anyone in the area!

11. Kingman And Heritage Islands Park

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Kingman And Heritage Islands Park
Price/Quality
4.3
Available Services
4.4
Location
4.1
Parking Availability
4.2
Wifi
4

Address: 575 Oklahoma Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (202) 488-0627

Guy: Park


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Casaundra Blackmon: This is a really beautiful spot it's clean considering there aren't any park police or volunteers visually there. Nice fishing or just chill spot. I didn't even know it was there

M planetmike: An under-discovered wild refuge in the city. This could be maintained better. There is litter and old concrete strewn about which needs cleanup. Another footbridge at the southern tip of the island to Burnham Barrier Wayside would complete its pedestrian access. There are also many invasive plant species which need to be replaced. However, "all-in-all", very thankful to have this real wildlife area within the concrete jungle of DC. Keep It Wild DC!

Critical Chris: A treasure tucked away on the east side of DC. A great close by place of respite from the urban streetscape. A place of seclusion for couples and lovers. A family friendly place too. Its proximate to the Anacostia river walk bike trail system. It’s also somewhat transit oriented, and not too far from Stadium Armory metro.

Rachel B: Lovely little trail oasis in the middle of the city! You can go here and catch lots of wildlife - turtles and birds. Near to RFK park and stadium, almost interconnecting to the track and soccer fields. The parks in general seemed to be slightly lacking in upkeep on the day I went, but giving some benefit of the doubts that maybe it was just an off day. Mostly, the park and connecting fields all seem really nice and enjoyable! #kingmanandheritage #park #birdwatching #heritageislands

Sean Finnegan: Nice wide boardwalk to the island. Easy access from The Fields parking areas near RFK. Great for exploring and being near the water. The Anacostia River and its waterways aren't the cleanest however it seems to be getting better.

Luis Escobar: We live near the islands in the River Terrace neighborhood. I take my dogs walking here every day and it's done wonders for my physical and mental health. The sunsets on the river are beautiful, there's so much nature watching to do on the islands, and it's never really crowded so no issues with social distancing. It's also nice to go read the while others are fishing off the wooden deck. When COVID is over, I'm looking forward to hitting up the annual Bluegrass music festival that takes place here in the spring!

Webb Moncure: My sons and I always come and visit this park in DC when they are in town for the weekends or summer break. We enjoy the ease of access to some decent fishing on the island(s) in the Anacostia. We have seen turtles, snakes, and we have caught plenty of fish. It's a great place for a day outing / brief hike, and a nice place to walk the dogs. It doesn't feel like you're in a big city! Parking is easily found in the RFK parking lot, and we really enjoy coming here when the weather is nice.

Austin Graff: If you are someone who gets exhausted by the hustle and bustle of a city like DC, Kingman and Heritage Island Park is for you. Metro on over to Stadium-Armory and walk over to the small bridge to the left of the stadium. Once over, you'll feel like you're in a small part of the Shenandoah National Forest. Walk around the island by the water and enjoy the trees. At some point, you'll walk under the bridge filled with beautiful graffiti and Instagram worthy moments. Warning: Don't go here alone. It's a little creepy at times. Take a friend or two or your dog.

Cathy Nelson: Great trail for walking or riding. Enjoy the view!

Don Malnati: Considering a location, walking in these parks is quite amazing. We were there in the spring, and new growth was just popping out with everything a nice spring green. It is marshland, so not a lot of flowers, but we did see a beaver like creature. It's a nice walk to just get out in nature a bit.

12. Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

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Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm
Price/Quality
4.6
Available Services
4.6
Location
4.6
Parking Availability
4.9
Wifi
5

Address: 6411 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Telephone: (301) 839-1176

Guy: Campground


Review: "I took my 2yo there and it was the first time she had seen the farm ..."

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L Smith: The most peaceful place ✨the animals seem happy here All of the parents communicated to not touch or harass the animals, which was nice, particularly for the chickens. The chickens are out and about so it’s nice they don’t have to feel vulnerable around people. There are two trails here. They’re easy to follow with bright tree markings and there were kids on them, so they can’t be too serious. There were cows, horses, pigs, a rooster, chickens in the farm area, as well as vultures on the trail. There’s are two picnic areas, one has a grill. There’s a shop as well.

Moving on with Old Man River Old man river: This is a great little national park site. It was not listed in my book. I learned about it from a volunteer worker at Fort Washington. A lot of school kids from the Washington DC area are school bussed there. The rangers told me for many of them this was the first time to visit a national park or even a farm with chickens. Cows horses and hogs. The rangers were very nice and helpful to everyone.

bigshow379: It's been about 20 years since I have been here. I spent a lot of time here working with my dad rehabilitating and transforming a few buildings there into what they are Today. My dad was a carpenter for the national park service. Rip pop. Covid has changed things ofcourse no activities involving groups. Beautiful place my kids loved it. Bathrooms are clean grounds taken care of decently. Plenty of Picnic area with grills.

Nathan Mease: Great picnic areas with tables and grills available. Recommend close toed shoes and plenty of water.

Austin Graff: Just across the Southwest D.C.-Maryland border is a 19th century farm preserved by the National Park Service. Every day, the park ranger opens the gate around 6:30 a.m. and closes it at 5 p.m. All are welcome to visit the farm free of charge. Here's why you should visit: 1) Museum: It's an interactive museum. As you walk the farm's campus, you'll read historical markers and go inside almost 200-year-old brick barns. You learn about the farm and the history it witnessed (like being attacked during the War of 1812 or watching Alexandria across the Potomac get captured by the British). 2) Farm: You can see horses, goats, chickens, hogs and cows on the farm. They offer some farm programming for kids like chicken feedings, tractor rides, etc. 3) Trails: Beyond the early 19th century farm house is a trail that leads to Oxon Cove and wooded trail with river views. Once at he cove, there are benches, views of Alexandria, picnic tables and a running trail that goes for miles. Oxon Hill Farm is a perfect adventure for the whole family, runners and history buffs.

Victoria: Beautiful but the trails are terribly labeled. I came here to hike with my dog. The farm portion of the park has a no dogs sign, which makes sense given the livestock. So my plan was to circumvent the park using the green trail line shown on Google maps, and follow it all the way down to the water and back up. Well, because nothing is clearly labeled, I ended up on a service road. Trying to get back onto the green trail, I turned off onto a gravel trail that ended up taking me all the way back up through the farm (where I wasn't supposed to go because I had my dog with me). It's just frustrating that I was trying to follow the park rules and be considerate of the farm, but a lack of clear trail signage not only cut my hike significantly short, but also meant I broke the rules anyways.

kara taylor: Great family outing. The staff was very engaging and the kids loved it. They are very upfront about the history of this farm which I appreciated seeing throughout the farm.

SoundBite: I loved visiting here--It was the best use of my lunch break I've had by far. It was beautiful in the nice weather and if I'm ever in the area again I'd go. Really nice walk, 100% free, and even a small gift center (I did not enter.) They have horses pigs cows chickens and more.

Chris B: Not sure what was up when we went on this Saturday morning in June but the only animals we could find were 4 cows in a pen and some chickens roaming the property. No other animals in their stalls nor fields, was pretty bizarre tbh. At least the kid got to run around some.

Vilia McClearen: Five stars if you're looking for a country venue in the city, three stars if you're taking kids to a park but there is picnic eating area and you can see the highway if you're interested lol

13. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

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Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
Price/Quality
4.3
Available Services
4
Location
4.6
Parking Availability
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 692-6080

Guy: National park


Review: "But beautiful sites if your into nature!"

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Madhu Kalepu: Located near DC, Maryland border. Plenty of parking and not so crowded when we visited during long weekend. Place is great for Beautiful nature walks, picnic tables and fresh air. We have spotted Turtles, baby Turtles, Cranes, various birds while doing boardwalk. Garden closes at 4pm and the entry is free. Restrooms located at welcome center

Rebecca Wolf: Each season at Kenilworth is something to behold! In winter, you'll see an open expanse and a swamp in quiet rest. Spring starts to bring greenery and new life. Summer is a steamy explosion of tall and colorful lotuses, lillies and more! Egrets, herons, deer, turtles, fish, insects and more can be found here, especially if you come during the day when it is more quiet. This National Park is a secret oasis in Washington, D.C. - bring your visiting family and friends for a walk through the ponds and across the boardwalks on the Anacostia River. You can even connect to walk on the DC trail system. In summer, be sure to come for the VERY popular lotus festival, filled with world crafts, foods and so much more. Be mindful of the closing time and plan for at least an hour to walk these grounds.

Life in La Plata: One of my all-time favorite parks: so much beauty. You can look at the plants around the ponds, or the ones growing in the ponds, and you can try to spot wildlife in the water and the trees. There are bike paths on the far side of the park (if you drive). Plan to go early, the park closes at 4pm.

Ash Pouvaranukoah: An awesome place to be! The place is crawling with so many types of critters. Restrooms are nice and efficient. Definitely a great quiet place to bring family, friends, or just yourself!

Jill Cobb: It was a nice winter/early spring walk along the ponds and boardwalk. Nothing was blooming, but we saw turtles, frogs, and fish. Seems like summer is the time for the flowers.

Lisa Gump: I came to the gardens with a group of students and it is a beautiful Park to visit. I will admit though that it was tough for us to find. We AR not from the area and it is not easy with all the construction to get here. The park is worth the navigation woes. There are lots of things to see and do.

Connie Massaro: This is a unique aquatic garden in the DC area. Best time to visit is in the morning. The water lilies and the lotus are spectacular. There are different small ponds where they grow the lilies and the lotus. Bring your cameras!!! There is also a boardwalk and trails along the river.

Dave Park: As of about two weeks ago (7/17), the lotus and lilies were about 60% bloomed and I’d say all of them should be good for viewing now until mid-August. Beautiful flower blooms all around, so don't miss your chance this summer! 🤙

Steven Esquina: The place was really nice lots of plants with beautiful lilies, frogs, deer, even foxes if you are really lucky will scurry about there are smalls docks that you can walk on to get close to the water where you can see ducks there is even an elevated platform where you can see the whole pond!!

Sam Chen: A nice place to spend several leisurely hours. The time I went there the water lily was not quite blooming yet, it must be beautiful when it does.

14. Anacostia Park

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Anacostia Park
Price/Quality
4.4
Available Services
4.4
Location
4.1
Parking Availability
4.3
Wifi
4.6

Address: 1900 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Guy: Park


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Carolyn Grant: This is an underrated park, it has lots to offer. I took my class off preschool down here and just playing they had fun. People who know just know.... fishing ,roller skating ring, basketball, picnic, nature watching,walking,playgrounds. Rowing, Kayaking and so much more.

Nathan Lapin: Great trail to walk or bike. Has nice stopping points so one can overlook the river. We even saw a helicopter land nearby!

Austin Graff: Let me count the ways I LOVE Anacostia Park: 1) It's one of the best running trails in all of DC. It stretches for miles along the Anacostia River and the path is well kept for runners. 2) There's a lot of green space to picnic and enjoy nature. 3) There are hidden gems throughout from murals under highways and even a famous skating ring. 4) It's great for kids. One of DC's best playgrounds complete with a pirate ship is in the park. I could go on and on so instead how about you head on over to Anacostia Park and check it out for yourself. It's a GREAT spot!

Margaritta L Martin: Washington DC has changed since I left the metropolitan area when I lived in Maryland It was my favorite park to go too and relax or grill near the river I asked my sister who lives in Dc did Anacostia Park and other Parks I visited existed and she told me all still do

Jessica Light: Nice little spot for a doggy play date

Brian Burrell (Big B): There can be heavy foot traffic. But good for a bike ride or walk sf cookout. Starting to be kept clean often

A'nya-Rae Ebb: I've enjoyed this wonderful park for 40+ years. Looking forward to the new amenities!

Richard Newman: Not the park I grew up with back in the day. My hats off to those who made what it is today 100% better. not the feds . everyday people !

L. Butler: I love Anacostia Park because it's a walking distance from my neighborhood to walk for miles without interruptions. It's a great place to walk and to jog while watching beautiful sceneries...species of variety birds flying, boats cruising, Rowers rowing, athletics of basketball, football, soccer, fishing, rollerblading and families celebrating.

K Wallace: When that weather gets warm in the park

15. Louise F Cosca Regional Park

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Louise F Cosca Regional Park
Price/Quality
4.5
Available Services
4.7
Location
4
Parking Availability
4.8
Wifi
4.4

Address: 11000 Thrift Rd, Clinton, MD 20735

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (301) 868-1397

Guy: Park


Review: "Great camping experience"

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Carmen Hunt: Man it's beautiful out there. I almost forgot I was in Clinton MD. I wanted to catch the fall leaves and I did just in time. It's very very pretty out there. They had ducks and a few people even fishing. I wonder what it's like in the summer? Can't wait to find out. I loved it. Friendly people . Tennis Courts Plenty of playgrounds for the kids. Best of all it was clean. To think this is minutes from home.

Bryan B.: Campground. Small, many not level, 30 amp, some for larger rigs, new bathrooms, two group sites and $13 for seniors 👍 One BIG PROBLEM…if you are an RV and need power, don’t plan on running your A/C this coming hot summer. Found out the power system is antiquated and is not sufficient for more than three or four RVs. The power was constantly going off every five minutes or less. Was told the local politicians will not approve badly needed electrical upgrade. So if you need your A/C this summer, go somewhere else.

Syerra Carigo: Very fun neighborhood park! My friend and I came with the kids and dogs and we had a great time. There is a playground area for kids of all ages. They also have a bathroom, skate park, party pavilions, benches, a lake, basketball court, etc. The only thing I think could make this park better is a dog park. They allow dogs but they have to be leashed and it’s hard to let them play with the leashes on. Other than that, this is a great family-friendly park to come on the weekends.

Kristy Kaifer: This is such a nice place to have short hiking for beginner hikers and small dogs. We found so many different mushrooms species here. Good place to teach kids about nature. Pretty picnic places with a water front view (small lake). They have 4-5 bbq area for family and groups, kid play ground…Such a nice place to enjoy nature. Hope it will be kept it clean and well maintained like it is now.

Alyson Sylva: What a beautiful Park! We took our dog down by the lake to throw the ball for her - no worries she's small and when she sees a tennis ball that's all she sees! People were kind and polite although there was a lot of trash on the ground even though there are trash and recycle bins all over. I'll be bringing an extra bag to pick some up on my next visit. There were many picnic tables although where we were I didn't see any barbecue pits. All in all, a laughter filled delightful trip to a park will be going to a lot more often.

Shameika Johnson: It's always a pleasure here. Two sets of playground, skate/bike area, picnic area, restrooms are pretty decent. Kids are pretty friendly as well. They also have a animal area, and some areas of the park have camping.

K Weir: The park itself is very nice. Lots of parking, different playgrounds ,a skate park, benches, pavilions, the works. The trails in the forest were hard to follow due to their small path size, downed trees blocked several areas, and lots of hidden roots under the leaves.

Lawanda Jackson: High energy feel, Guided meditation feel. Birds are chirping your ears off, frogs are croaking sounds of a bass player & turtles are skinny dipping. 😳 Go and enjoy some relaxing while you're walking meditation.

Felipe Umana: I love this park for spend time with my family 👪 we walk in the forest is so good to spend time with Mother Nature i like this place u can fishing 🎣 u can do barbecue 😉 and also they have alot of Playground n pond n rivers also the most thing i like the air is so fresh and clean nice 👌 this park is a relic to have in our area

Jr Newell: Cosca Park is a nice park, but it could benefit from better equipment. It's better since the skate park is now open. It's still beautiful, though, and the walking trails are great for a weekend adventure stroll with the kids.

16. George Washington Memorial Parkway First Overlook

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George Washington Memorial Parkway First Overlook
Price/Quality
4.2
Available Services
4.5
Location
4.8
Parking Availability
4.8
Wifi
4.2

Address: George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Arlington, VA 22207

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (703) 289-2500

Guy: Scenic spot


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Ravi Singh: Beautiful drive from Tysons/McLean to Washington DC. Scenic views are nice. Road surface need improvement. Can see the monument from the scenic view spot.

Tafari Boozer: It's Gorgeous, you can see clear across the Potomac. Makes for and awesome pictures with friends and family. Standing close to the edge can scare you if you are afraid of Heights, remember everyone you are at 1000FT drop. So be extremely careful when getting out your car and looking around good in the Daytime use extreme caution.

Kristin Dion: If you have a minute to stop and enjoy the journey, I recommend it! The view was stunningly beautiful in the golden hour before sunset. In the winter, the different colors of bark on the trees is striking and shows off the contrasting structures of several species of trees.

JP: Great view, a little dangerous if you take kids or clumsy people. Just be careful, you can take really nice pics

Yota X: Wonderful location to get a glimpse of DC. And great place to scratch legs, unfortunately there a lot trash.

Whitters Renee: I could've stayed here for hours, reading & looking at everything. Gorgeous place and makes me want to go kayaking on the water!

Kevin Spann: Very serene, peaceful and breathtaking. Good location to sit back and enjoy the view.

Max Rapoport: Do yourself a favor and detour to this scenic spot to take a few pictures. You will not be disappointed.

Nassiba: Beautiful scenery. Stunning views. In the fall, you get to see the amazing colors of the trees blend in and the views of the Potomac River. Such a blessing to have this beautiful place close by. Take the kids for a morning or afternoon walk on the weekends. I take my out of town guests here as well and they are always mesmerized by the beautiful views.

Nat Jimenez: It’s cute, but there’s definitely better overlooks along the road in my opinion.

17. Oak Ridge Campground

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Oak Ridge Campground
Price/Quality
4.2
Available Services
4
Location
4.4
Parking Availability
4.4
Wifi
5

Address: 6975 Oak Ridge Rd, Triangle, VA 22172

Telephone: (703) 221-7181

Guy: Campground


Review: "Went and explored today for the 1st time."

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Lotta Danielsson: One of the nicest campgrounds in the DC area. Sites are well maintained, as are the restroom and shower facilities, and the sites are fairly large and well separated. Loop C is best for privacy and tent camping, Loop B for groups, and Loop A for RVs and campers (no electric hookups). Campground is near several trails and has easy access to the bike paths. Note that you have to pay for park entrance separately from the camping reservation. It’s a bit of a drive to get to the campground from the park entrance, so work that into your schedule.

Mike Colie: Great secluded camping. No hookups but the restrooms are clean with very nice showers. All sites are paved, great tables and fire rings. Spacious sites.

Jessica Kirschner: Camped two nights at spot C03, Loop C which was very pleasant. Campsites to the left and right are close and there is no privacy but spot backs up to a field.

Eric (Briteidea08): Girlfriend and I stayed here this past weekend. Really nice place! Got there a little late. Setup quickly. Then foraged for kindling and wood.Apparently there’s a 7-11 down the road that sells wood. We didn’t find out unto the following morning. Mostly because the visitor center was closed.

John Kinch: Pretty decent campground. The bathrooms are pretty clean, and there's potable water. We never interacted with any park rangers which could be a positive or negative depending on who you ask

Team Link: The place is clean, well maintained, & affordable. There is no electricity or water at the sites, that doesn't have to be a problem if you are prepared. If you are in an RV, be aware of the size limits. The hiking is great, we've been several times without camping. The trails are marked pretty well, & they are maintained. There are trails that start at the campground.This was our first time camping & we enjoyed it. We did not see firewood for sale, but we brought our own. My only issue is there is little to no cell signal. It's very spotty at best. If you're using the NPS app , you'll need to download the map.

Samantha Carp: Went and explored today for the 1st time. There's soo many camp ground spots and some of Bs & Cs has pretty good size ones with some privacy. I do wish they had power that was a huge down fall for us because we need it to air up air mattresses ect. And I wish they had a playground, I know one of the other grounds has one but that's a drive down the road not really walking distance with kids. Also I checked out the bathrooms they were very clean but I didn't see showers but saw in the other reviews someone say there was one so it must have been in a different bathroom.

Chad Goyette: Excellent campground with clean bathrooms and showers.

Brittany B: This is a nice place to go camping if you don't want to go too far out, plenty of spots some trails and even a bathroom with hot showers. However they do not sell firewood on site or at the visitor center so make sure to stop at the 7-11 on your way in to grab some!

Bill Fekete: This is a very pretty campground with many nice campsites. It is designed for tents. We went with a small RV. Our bad. This campground is not set up for RVs. There is separate RV camping, however it is located outside the park itself. If we come back we will probably stay there. If you do come with a RV make sure it is small. Ours is 21 foot and we were able to find a site that worked. There is no water available to connect or fill so be sure your water tank is full before you arrive. There are 3 bathrooms. One has been upgraded with showers and is beautiful. The other 2 bathrooms are sort of dumpy, but functional. There are trails that start at the campground. Even though it was fairly full when we were there it is very quiet at night. No electricity or RVs so that is probably part of the reason. During the day you get to hear the constant target practice from Quantico but it is not too annoying. there is no firewood nor ice available and it is a pretty good drive back to town so prepare for that as well.

18. The President's Park

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The President's Park
Price/Quality
4.2
Available Services
4.9
Location
4.8
Parking Availability
4.9
Wifi
4.7

Address: 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7:30AM

Telephone: (202) 208-1631

Guy: Park


Review: "The park is first class!"

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Mac: ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!! Very cool being right up against the White House too and seeing all the Secret Service teams as well. EXTREMELY VERY VERY LONG LINE so when it opens back up get there super super early

Rena Correia: We happened to be walking by when the new Justice of the Supreme Court (Judge Ketanje Brown-Jackson) was being introduced to the nation and got to take a few pictures!! The grounds were all cordoned off today as it's right behind the White House gardens. Another beautiful park to enjoy!

Cece Peterson: Being from California and moving to the east coast this was such a beautiful thing to see .. lots of traffic.. over priced water and food.. make sure u bring your own waters it was very hot out the day we went lots and lots of police.. and we got to see the president drive by us at least we thought it was him they shut down the roads and ju6 a few minutes before that we saw the president helicopter fly in over us so that's why we think we saw him drive by us and plus the vehicle he was or whomever it was had the president flags on the front it was such a lucky opportunity to just be able to walk around and see this amazing place

v3j: Always great sightseeing. Be aware of your surroundings: folks on electric scooters and bikes take needless risks and it'll be you that will be injured! A lot of food trucks too.

Jason Clise: I have never made it to this part of DC so this was an awesomely clear day to be outside. There was a great deal of security which was comforting after seeing some of the unique protesters we ran in to. The White House is so majestic and a bit overwhelming. I just love the architecture in DC. Too bad Trump was out of town. I will certainly visit again.

Matthew Prado: It's decent as you can see many items and rooms with importance to the president, but there's nothing of importance in terms of major events for the United States.

Cheryl Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial took my breath away! It was such an amazing feeling/sight being in the park. I have to go back. I still didn't see everything I wanted to see! Omg, it was awesome!

Flavio Polverini: Great area to visit.

KC Mitch: Very nice setup with the tree on the lawn. Lots of security so you feel safe. They need to cut the trees so u can see more of Donald’s house.

Chaz Stickels: It was cool. The national Christmas tree is worth seeing if you're nearby. There are a bunch of model trains around it as well, which are fun. It's probably better people watching that being impressed by a tree but that's good too.

19. Fort Hunt Park

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Fort Hunt Park
Price/Quality
4.4
Available Services
4.7
Location
4.4
Parking Availability
4.8
Wifi
4.9

Address: 8999 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA 22308

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 439-7325

Guy: Park


Review: "First time visiting, dropped my son off for a school picnic."

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Tilly Lo: I didn't know this park is here. I am so glad I stopped by. The fort has been neglected and people drew on the walls. Therecare some historic markers/signs. Seemed lonely and quiet. There weren't anyone here checking out the fort but me. It's incredible how many sacrificed and are sacrificing for this country, and we have so many who are so unappreciative of what this country has to offer. The direction we are heading is going to make many look back and remember the "good days when we had freedom". Sad time we are in...

SamLia Camacho: Just a beautiful park. Ample parking spaces, separate bathrooms, lots of trash bins. Some picnic tables are worn out though. The scenery coming through the park is just breathtaking

Beth McCallister: Great time there at our Ski Club's (the Fagowees) 55th Anniversary Picnic. The bathrooms could be a little closer, but a great park!

Betsy York: A favorite location for a walk, picnic or a sweet romance. Just one mile north of Mt. Vernon mansion, home of George Washington. This lovely park is a neighborhood favorite for watching the Potomac River flow by.

Billy Kendrick: We love Fort Hunt Park and go there often to walk the dog through the woods or on the loop road, go for a bike ride or a run. There are many pavilions you can reserve or just show up and hope no one else reserved. They have charcoal grills for use, bathrooms that are open most of the year. They often have Park Police horses in the stables and they are friendly and happy to see people. (Don't bring carrots or apples for them, though, its not actually very good for them) The park has battlements/fortifications that are fun to play on. I actually think they could make a really cool playground out of the main fortifications with long slides and cool climbing structures. There are deer in the park, have been eagle's nests at various times over the years, etc. It is also a great place to go if you want to bike/run/walk the Mt. Vernon trail along the Potomac River.

Karen Reynoso: We recently rented lot D for my daughters 2 year old birthday party. It was such a cute place. The process to rent it out online was quick and easy. Their system automatically has reminders and noticed before your event. You have to get a license if you want to rent out a moon voice but other than that they allow beer and wine without an ABC license. There is so much park space around the gazebo that we set up a soccer field and had so much fun. The lot has a driveway up so you can drive up and place your grills or unload. They allow you to decorate and also placed a port-a-potty close since the neared bathroom facilities are pretty far away. There is also lots of parking. Great time and would love to rent it out again.

Kenneth Doo (KENN-DOO): Wonderful Park...Easy Location, so much Fun and GreatbPicnicGreat Picnic areas without reservations needed

Sean: I don't know if it is due to the season, but this park is in a very poor state currently. There are branches EVERYWHERE and at best piled up off the road (though not always). Public restrooms are closed and so are half of the porta-potties. The ones that are open are the dirtiest I've ever seen, and of course no toilet paper / sanitizer. Despite looking like the park has been abandoned right now, it is heavily used -- people everywhere.

Kev Ben: Nice, clean well maintained. Grass is not always cut but when it is, this is a nice place. Grounds need to be cut more often.

RIDE THE PLANET: Great place to spend time with family, pets and also to relax im the right spot. Road needs a little bit of work but in general is a good place to train on flat terran. I believe one lap = a mile.

20. Prince William Forest RV Campground

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Prince William Forest RV Campground
Price/Quality
4.2
Available Services
4.1
Location
4.2
Parking Availability
4.8
Wifi
4.9

Address: 16058 Dumfries Rd, Dumfries, VA 22025

Telephone: (703) 221-2474

Guy: Campground


Review: "Very nice secluded RV campsite."

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Hope Cico: The campsites were kind of small and the site we were in was not level at all. I think we just had a bad spot, though, because other sites looked much nicer. The roads were paved, which was great for the kids riding bikes and scooters. They also had a very nice playground. We will probably come back, but request a different site.

Nina Marie: *Edit - Nice office lady asked what type of dog we had but stated they do not have breed restrictions. Wanted to add b/c someone could be ruining business based on a review below. We stayed one night in C8 with a 26 ft RV and toad. We had hoped we wouldn't have to disconnect but knew the site was 36 ft long pull through and it was a possibility. We were plesantly surprised that we fit BUT our hose couldn't reach the water so we had to disconnect anyhow.. oh well note to self get longer hose. This space is directly across from a lovely pool which we used and enjoyed very much in this heat/humidity. Row C is a little hill but the site seemed pretty level at least our front tires aren't off the ground when the auto levelers did their job. The sites are close together but nice w/ a little grass between and a brand new picnic table and fire ring. Lots of woods on the front and back roads between each road w/ the other campers so really you are near your direct neighbor not everyone. Since the woods seperates the rows of campers some sites don't have a lot of shade. It is 8am and this site is shaded at the moment, we are facing east and it is early. If you have more than one car or visitors parking maybe an issue but it is fathers day weekend which is making it busier. I did notice that the larger class A were parked a few rows away, we had a lot of TT's in our row. The wifi worked fine for us with our winegard extender no issues. Water pressure seemed a little low but we think it is our filter not the site but something to keep in mind. The price was good at $42ish (can't recall exact amount) for water/electric on short notice in summer. They have 2 dump stations at the entrance/exit that is free to guests making it easy on our departure today. The office staff lady was super friendly and answered all our questions. All in all I would come back if the need arose.

Toby Forrester: Nice little campground close to DC. We recently stayed at this campground while participating in a fishing tournament that launched from Leesylvania State Park which was only about a 15 min drive away. Unlimited number of restaurants within a short drive away. Located just a couple miles off I-95. Marjorie was the first person I talked to when making the reservation over the phone and she was very friendly and accommodating. The campground was clean, including the showers and restrooms. All of the camp sites appeared to be paved. I don’t think this park has cable tv. We did need blocks to level out the camper, but not a big deal. This park is scheduled to be closed at the end of 2022 thru June 2023 for renovation. This was our first visit and we look forward to returning next year after being fully renovated.

Victoria H: Great RV park. Wonderful staff working in the office. Internet is definitely not great here, but everything else is fabulous. Had a wonderful time here. Will stay here again when we come back to Virginia.

Arenyia GollyGeeBango: Very nice RV park with 100% pull through spots. Feels like your in the wild, but it's minutes from "town" amenities.

LJ Aranda: One of the nice place for camping. It would have been perfect if there's any bodies of water nearby.

D Deane: In terms of space, it was about average for a private campground, maybe slightly better. We had a full hookup site and the utilities seemed well-maintained. Actually, although the roads are getting old in spots, everything seemed well-maintained (though I didn't use the restrooms there). Others have mentioned how friendly the staff is and that was true for us, as well. The dog area was nice and our dog had fun there. I'd come again without hesitation, particularly if I needed a full hookup site.

Karolina Galvez: Nice small Campground, easy access a few min from I 95. Memorial Day Weekend 2021. Nice assistance for check in an parking our travel trailer. That's where it ends. Pool is green and closed. Men's and ladies Bathrooms are closed the entire week we are here and according to previous reviews must been closed for a while already. Sites do have camping table and fire ring with a grill. Good for a pass through stay to rest a night and move on. About 50 min to Washington DC museums and sightseeing area.

Ann Smith: The staff are truly the friendliest we’ve encountered. Note: If you’re assigned “F” row be advised that the sites are not level. We tried every which way (truck w/slide in camper) to no avail and ended up walking to office requesting another site with no problem. Although in the 20 minutes we were doing the switch someone decided they needed our folding chairs more than we did. Thankful we locked everything else up. Other than that the park is clean and quiet. Price was a little higher than we’re used to especially with the pool and men’s facilities ( under renovation) closed.

Bob Fagley: Great place! I have a 30ft Rv with a 12 ft trailer. They gave me a pull threw. Free Dump station for paid campers. At the dump station they even have air to pump your tires up. Friendly staff and campers. Note:Coming from the south make sure you turn into the 2nd drive,the first drive goes into the park and is impossible to turn around.