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1. Soapstone Valley Park

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68 reviews
Soapstone Valley Park
Price / Quality
5
Available services
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: Washington, DC 20008, United States

Schedule: Temporarily closed

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Jay Empty: So much fun and beauty; had a blast jumping between stones and logs.

Marjorie D: Shady respite from the bustle of Connecticut Ave, bountiful birdsong, a few more cicadas in recent days, and friendly neighbors. Several creek crossings - choose your footwear well and bring a camera!

Dave Brown: Great to have this lovely park in our backyard but the constant flow of trash from the sewer is pretty off putting. The trails are well maintained, fallen trees promptly moved off trail and the stream crossings add some excitement to an otherwise short 0.75 mile stretch down to rock creek. I typically walk through with a small bag to pick up trash but after each rainstorm a fresh batch comes down.

Jason Williams: I was initially disappointed. I entered the trail to reach the park from close to Connecticut Avenue and it's a short walk on a road flanked on one side by mansions and there's a steep drop with apartment buildings on the other side. Pretty boring initially but then you get to a more scenic and more natural trail about a half a mile in. It was a very pleasant surprise and probably one of my favorite places in DC. I only wish I brought hiking boots instead of my runners, I definitely didn't expect an unpaved trail like this in DC... I can't wait to go back and explore more.

Sarah Johnson: Beautiful park and we didn't even get that far in. Maybe it was the magic of finding this place after a failed attempt at visiting the zoo, but we didn't run into ANY mosquitoes or snakes. My kids had a great time along the edge of the stream and we found some painted rocks too. Definitely recommend this place if you also forget to reserve parking at the zoo.

Leif Engler: Beutiful place to hike, be careful while crossing the stream though.

Karl Schmidt: Very nice unpaved dirt path along along the creek and leading directly into the main Rock Creek park (although the trail ends at road that can be tricky to cross when there is traffic because there is no sidewalk/shoulder for about 150 feet and some people drive rather fast through the park). Lots of smaller deer trails. Most stream crossings are over stepping stones (no bridges, even on the main trail). Some parts take 3-4 days to dry up after a big rain.

Ashley Kincaid: Trail is closed 3/7/22 and will not reopen until 10/23/23!

Randy Clarke: I'm lucky -- Soapstone is just below my balcony! Using hiking poles for the stream crossings, I do Soapstone from end to end nearly every week. The good news is that the valley will be open until the fall/winter of 2021-2022. Then it will be part of a sewer project for several years (3 ?) with the cuttting down of 300+ trees. Enjoy this gem NOW!

James Douglass: To be fair, I didn't get far into the trail from the entrance off of 29th Street NW. With two kids and a dog, we got as far as the creek and simply played around in the water. Its a great way to spend a morning with little interaction from others.

2. Rock Creek Park

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Rock Creek Park
Price / Quality
5
Available services
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States

Telephone: +1 202-895-6000

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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.

3. Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Theodore Roosevelt Island
Price / Quality
4.8
Available services
4.9
Location
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.8

Address: Washington, DC 20037, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6AM Thu

Telephone: +1 703-289-2500

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Brian Savitch: Roosevelt island is amazing. You access it from the mt Vernon trail in VA by crossing a pedestrian bridge. There is a large parking lot off the gw parkway to access the bridge - or you can bike/walk/run there. There are various trails around the perimeter of the island, just a bit over a mile around. The north side of the island has a half-mile long boardwalk. There are various entry points to the center attraction, which is a very large statue of Theodore Roosevelt and several large pools that used to have water in them, but haven't for years. Honestly, the trails around the perimeter are the best part of the island. There are bathrooms off the main trail to the right after you get off the bridge. During the summer, you can see turtles sunbathing on logs under the area where the bridge meets the island. There are geckos all along the island. You can see ducks and herons at some of the offshoots of the boardwalk. During the fall, you can sometimes see deer on the south side of the island. You can also often watch the rowing teams from many points on the island.

Danielle Powell: Really neat island! And the trails are easy! The plaza area is beautiful. They have a bathroom on the island; just come prepared with toiletries in case it is out. Parking can be hectic if you don't get there early, though. I arrived at 7:45 a.m. and there were plenty of spots. But when I left around 10 a.m., you had to wait for parking.

Chris Williams: Pretty cool place in the middle of two very busy, fast moving cities. This is an awesome place to get your mind off things and be in nature for a while. My only complaint is that there were many fountains in the main memorial areas that were totally dry, and I was very sad to see them empty with no water.

Scot Fishman: A great local retreat on the border of DC and VA, Roosevelt Island is a convenient spot for a quick getaway on a beautiful day. The parking situation is a train wreck, but if you can manage to get a spot, the reward awaits you across the bridge!

Kris Bell: Nice public space. Boardwalk is quite extensive and in good condition generally. There's a main trail/path and several side paths. At times a little difficult to discern what path to take, but it's only a 1.something mile loop so it isn't like you'll get lost. Overall nice place. Will probable reopen when the leaves are back on the trees to see what it's like then.

Rofaida Elsafty: Excellent for a family walk, the swamp trail is stroller friendly. You need to take right after entering from the foot over bridge for the stroller friendly side. (Left side trail is not stroller friendly). Alternatively you can walk up to the Teddy Roosevelt statue in the middle of the island if you are not in the mood for walking. Free parking which is mostly available. Love Teddy Roosevelt!! The monument in the middle of this island is an awesome tribute one of America's often celebrated but still under appreciated presidents. The park/monument is maintained as it should be, but it's still well worth the visit. He was one of our best. There's a water fountain by the bridge leading onto the island, and a bathroom on the island but I think they removed all the water points on the island so if it's hot, top off you water before you cross the bridge.

Saad Attiyah: This is a great get away from the typical D.C. sightseeing. This has a wonderful trail and captures lots of history of Theodore Roosevelt. Free to get in, lots of parking, and very scenic. Traveling to the park, there are lots of beautiful sights - seeing the Potomac, and the view of Georgetown. Bike path friendly.

Amanda Farley: A very beautiful memorial for Theodore Roosevelt. It doesn't feel like it's right next to the city; it's mostly a forested area with paths and a bridge over the potomac, and they definitely picked his best quotes for the memorial itself. I met my Romeo ❤ here so obviously I'm biased, but definitely worth checking out if you haven't been. Has my seal of approval 👌

Hannah: Super cute small island with walking trails.

Amanda Dennis: The best urban wilderness! Great paths, beautiful trees, cool view of Georgetown.

4. Fort Dupont Park

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Fort Dupont Park
Price / Quality
4.8
Available services
4.8
Location
4.9
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.8

Address: Minnesota Ave SE, Washington, DC 20019, United States

Telephone: +1 202-426-7723

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Hailey Duncan: My dog and I seemed to have the hiking trails all to ourselves this morning(besides a couple of deer families) which was a real treat! The wooded area was quite and beautiful. Although it seems like the trail maintaine could be better in some places and there was some illegal trash dumped near the community garden.

George Brooks: Nationals Baseball Academy tryouts today w nephew Chris Ross from Laurel Baseball League.. Good job Chris

Kevin Spann: The park was a great place to host 1000 people. There was a stage, fenced in dance area, and Portable Potties. Leashed dogs were there and the atmosphere in the park offers sunshine and shade.

Gary Redmond: The park was wonderful. It had a baseball and softball game going on at the same time. Very impressive place to watch ball games.

Gabriel Anaya: It's like having a small slice of Rock Creek Park with no people around. This park is gorgeous, and, minus the traffic noise, a complete escape from the city.

Alan Neustadtl: It was cold out, snowing hard, and a hockey game at Fort Dupont Rink. We don't get this trifecta in the DC area very often. Love this rink.

Carl Rowland: Went there for a free concert had a great time no acholic beverages are allowrd in this park they will take it and trash it.

Louis Paul: We went to PRIDE in the PARK and the WEATHER was BEAUTIFUL!!

Layvizzle Vision: It really depends on what you are looking for. Hmmm u may be surprised at what you might experience.

Jay Gatling: Amazing night to see Rare Essence at Ft. Dupont.

5. Lake Fairfax Park

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Lake Fairfax Park
Price / Quality
4.6
Available services
4.5
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr, Reston, VA 20190, United States

Telephone: +1 703-471-5414

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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!

6. Greenbelt Park

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Greenbelt Park
Price / Quality
4.2
Available services
4.3
Location
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Wifi
4.2

Address: 6565 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: +1 301-344-3944

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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.

7. Pohick Bay Regional Park

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1292 reviews
Pohick Bay Regional Park
Price / Quality
4.4
Available services
4.4
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 6501 Pohick Bay Dr, Lorton, VA 22079, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6:30AM Thu

Telephone: +1 703-339-6104

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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!

8. Cherry Hill Park

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1992 reviews
Cherry Hill Park
Price / Quality
4.7
Available services
4.6
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

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

Telephone: +1 301-937-7116

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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!

9. Great Falls Park

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Great Falls Park
Price / Quality
4.7
Available services
4.8
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.7

Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102, United States

Telephone: +1 703-757-3101

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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!

10. Anacostia Park

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Anacostia Park
Price / Quality
4.4
Available services
4.4
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 1900 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

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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

11. Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

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Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm
Price / Quality
4.4
Available services
4.3
Location
4.3
Possibility of Parking
4.3
Wifi
4.3

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

Telephone: +1 301-839-1176

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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

12. Rock Creek Trail Juniper Trailhead

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Rock Creek Trail Juniper Trailhead
Price / Quality
4.7
Available services
4.8
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.7

Address: 1730 Juniper St NW, Washington, DC 20012, United States

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: +1 202-619-7023

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Joey Abrams: A lovely trailhead to experience the upper stretches of Rock Creek Park. Some of the beaches are really lovely for dogs and kiddos to throw rocks and explore the stream but it's still DC and there is still trash, sadly. The trails weave all over the place though and you can walk straight down to Georgetown nearly uninterrupted by the city around you.

Roxanne Kellison: The signage for the trail was sketchy. It was hard to find it as the trail went across roads and bridges. It was a very relaxing to walk along Rock Creek under elm, oak & maple trees. There were lots of birds too.

M B: Love walking the trails next to the water. I can wait until the summer and the trees are so green.

Amélie: my favorite trail in the area, perfect for hiking, very quiet and peaceful.

Rosie: Always beautiful and peaceful. This trail is less populated than the main part. Just be useful when newly rained, it’s muddy

Mark Wilkin: Great way to get into nature without driving to far. Trails are nicely maintained but not that well marked. Over a mile to the closest metro was not ideal but worked out fine. I'll definitely come back to cover more of the trails

Jan M: Have only seen just a bit of Rock Creek Trail so far, what an awesome little oasis right in the middle of an urban area! Lots and lots of trail with at least a few trailheads in Silver Spring residential neighborhoods. Leashed dogs welcome and will see many friends and their owners along the (unpaved) trails.

Leah Judson: I love taking my pup to this trail. Optimal free parking on the side street before going down the entrance. Sadly, I've been seeing trash starting to pop up, but before the summer really hit it was clean as a whistle. Small sand bank available to stand around while letting your dog rip through the river. If you go right past the bridge, you'll find another great opening to take your dog for a swim. I like going before 8 am for a walk to worry less about having my dog on leash.

Az SH: Love this park. Different level trails, dog friendly and easy access.

Seth Wolf: Not too busy, though parking at the trailhead can be difficult. Mostly families, some dogs, but also runners.

13. Fort Foote Park

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210 reviews
Fort Foote Park
Price / Quality
4.1
Available services
4.1
Location
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.1

Address: 8915 Fort Foote Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: +1 301-763-4600

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Carlton Willis: The park is one of the best in the area with the exception that trails can be blocked by falling trees and the grass tends to get too high during the summer. A little maintenance by the NPS and this does up to 5 stars, especially with the addition of interpretive signs a couple of years ago.

Tia Wheeler: This is a nice park for walking, but aside from a few markers and two cannons there is not much regarding the fort. There are some nice views across the river to Alexandria.

Iveth Garcia: I really do love it here. It’s one of my happy places. I well say though, there are days were you find the unexpected. Some good and sometimes smelly unexpected. It’s a very nice place to get your feet wet and maybe fish. I brought my kids here the other day. You do have to keep in mind it’s probably 20 something minute walk from the car to the beach area. It’s has very nice historical sites to see. A lot of hiking!

Heman Gharibnejad: It’s a bit strange to have a national park in the middle of a neighborhood. The area is not so well kept. But the giant guns are a real treat. Despite seeing pictures of them I was still shocked by their size and location. This is a very unique place.

Marleen Greenleaf: Great location for a walk or hike, but be prepared to be bombarded with bugs and cobwebs on the trail.

Samuel Christiansen: This place is local and convenient for a quick hike. The cannons are cool. The trail down to the river both ways is nice. Saw a lot of deer, and I was able to get close. However, there is prevalent trash. This is clearly the result of people who have no stake in this place, or their own community, which is sad.. Not a bad spot for a quick workout hike and to see the cannons. It is a shame that a few bad and lazy people make it nasty for everyone else..

Donnie Horton: Very nice off the beaten path gem of a hike.Best I've had yet

Jennifer Clark: The parking lot is currently closed yet is still accessible. I'm not sure how Covid effects our ability to safely park in a wooded area, but you're offered to brave passing cars and to park in a ditch. I had my Maltese and daughter with me. We could tell early on another hiker was in the area with a pet. After seeing the cannons and wanting to explore closer to the water, the smell of marijuana became quite strong. We decided not to meet our smoking hiker friend and left the trail early.

Lyssa McEachern: My favorite park to bring the dogs! It’s quiet and the other trailgoers are so sweet and friendly. My favorite part is the beach at the end of the trail!!

Keryn Ahmed: We walked through with our bikes September 2019. The highlights were the water views, eating paw-paws that had recently fallen, and the scenic beach at the North end.

14. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

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Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
Price / Quality
4.6
Available services
4.5
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-692-6080

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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.

15. Bolar Mountain Recreation Area

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Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
Price / Quality
4.3
Available services
4.4
Location
4.3
Possibility of Parking
4.3
Wifi
4.3

Address: 756 Twin Ridge Dr, Warm Springs, VA 24484, United States

Telephone: +1 540-839-2521

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Zachary Hottel: This was a wonderful spot for an early August getaway. Weather was perfect, much cooler I the mountains but not chilly. Water and scenery was beautiful. Park facilities are well cared for. We hit up the beach which was amazing, plus there is access outside the public area if you want to avoid other people completely. Lake itself not that crowded with boats etc. We will definitly visit again.

Avril Harder: Only camped here for one night, but really enjoyed it! Facilities were clean, accessible, and a fairly short walk from any campsite in the loop. Our campsite happened to have its own rocky path directly to the lake (loop 2, site 51). No cell reception so recommend downloading road and trail maps beforehand. A great spot to paddle and hike!

Bahruz B: Update summer 2022: unfortunately, the campground is not available for reservation. Very well-maintained campground next to the Moomaw lake. Clean restrooms and showers. The campground keeper was always available and ready to help.

Zayd: One of my absolute favorite places to go camping! Beware, there is almost NEVER any signal so get your work done before you get here. This is a perfect place for a getaway. I usually go once a year and every time is better than the last. Despite having no signal, you can find everything you need here or in a nearby town so you're not completely stranded. Bring your boat too, water is amazing and CLEAN! Definitely recommend, if you can find a camping spot. Hosts were not great last time I went (a bit rude and aggressive) and store hours kinda sucked. But everything else was good.

Dennis Riordan: This is my new favorite camp site. I cant say enough about the place. The sites are well maintained and spacious. The camp hosts are very friendly and helpful. The scenery looks like heaven. The lake is a great place to hike and swim right from your site(if it's a site on the water). I cant wait to go back.

Ian Doran: We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and tranquil this area is. There are many great spots for swimming and fishing. The one problem we had was with the campground. We had a reservation for Friday and we're not notified before arriving that they had decided to delay opening that loop. We were luckily able to find a first come first serve spot. I would highly recommend this area for camping.

James Sumpter: Great secluded campsites. We stayed in campground 1, site 26 as a walk up. Great view and access to the water. The beach and common areas are nice. Showers and bathrooms well maintained. Camp host (Buck was very helpful and kind)

Chalang Rasul: This campground has totally gone down the drain, it's impossible to reserve a spot, they're not opening to until mid-summer of 2022. The year before, it was so filled you could never make a reservation, you had to make a reservation before the season opened up and 6 months before the opening, which means sometime in January, you have to plan your camping trip in July, that's 7 months. That's a joke.

Carl Corning: Great beach and lake. Unfortunately the campground is closed probably all season. Great place to relax. Check it out!

W. Sam Donnell: Just stayed here for memorial day weekend. Our campsite was secluded and beautiful. Right next to the lake, we were a ten second walk from the beautiful water. Everyone here was super friendly and helpful, even Brought ice to our campsite for us!

16. Fort Washington Park

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Fort Washington Park
Price / Quality
4.5
Available services
4.5
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: +1 301-763-4600

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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!

17. Fletcher's Cove

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Fletcher's Cove
Price / Quality
4.7
Available services
4.6
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: Washington, DC 20016, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM Thu

Telephone: +1 301-714-2233

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Rosie: I loved this place. Set my portable hammock in the shade and let the day pass by. Plenty of families enjoying the place but not too crowded. Watch out for the ducks and their dropping in the grass. Go for a walk in the trial then relax and unwind here.

Riley E: Beautiful park with trails and lovely views of the river. Lots of trash though, hopefully people are more careful to pack out what they pack in. Imagine how much cooler the park would be if folks didn't litter. Got some seriously lush greenery there, it's a shame it's dotted with cans and food wrappers.

Leah Lambart: Fun park to bring kids and dogs. We had a fun time exploring this park and hiking trails. The trails were muddy at points but we walked in sneakers without any problem. They had many fishermen fishing off the side of the banks. It’s a great view of the river and nature. There’s plenty of things for kids to climb on and explore.

Johny Mccahill: Fletchers cove is a great place.You can find parking for your car or bike and look over the river and relax.Rent a boat and grab a snack and put in to enjoy nature along the shore and see ospreys and other wildlife abundantly.

Rose Schaum: I'm always looking for parks along the river and this one along B&O and Potomac is really rustic and fun. It can be a little confusing your first time going there, I suggest you do a little direction research ahead of your outing. Biking and hiking trails, kayak and canoe rentals, picnic tables with some stationary grills and spots for campfires. Dogs on leashes are very welcome. The restrooms are at the upper parking area. The larger parking area is down by the river past upper parking lot just go straight over tiny bridge when entering.

Susan Reinhardt: Enjoyed a guided kayak tour on the Potomac on a spring evening just before sunset. Beautiful views, decent boats, and nice guides. A little pricey but worth it. We saw a bald eagle along the shore which let our boats drift nearer to him. Very cool!

Lauri Pesantez Pacheco: Beautiful place! To park there the car must go under a tunnel and there is a height limit. There is a boat/kayak rental and can use their ramp for personal kayaks for 5 dollars. There is also a free launching site that doesn’t have a ramp but is pretty easy to use.

Amjad Ibrahim: Really nice area I definitely recommend for a picnic and fishing

beyondTabu: It has potential. Parking is sufficient, kayak/ canoe rental does the job. There’re multiple bbq pits and a nice area to relax. The issues are there’re no trash bins so people leave their trash on the trails and there’re way too many hooks and lines left behind from anglers. They authorities need to have more patrols to fine people who litter etc.

Jake Jacobs: Great area to go to for a walk along the canal. Short walks are fine, but if you're someone who likes to put some milage on your walking shoes, you can walk along the canal for several miles. Also great views of the Potomac River along the way.

18. Mason Neck State Park

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Mason Neck State Park
Price / Quality
4.6
Available services
4.7
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 7301 High Point Rd, Lorton, VA 22079, United States

Telephone: +1 703-339-2385

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Anne Margaret White: Nice park by the water. Didn't get to see bald eagles, but enjoyed hearing all of the other birds chattering on a brisk, early spring walk along Bayview Trail. Just over a mile in length, this flat scenic trail is an easy stroll. Well used paths that appear well maintained. Lots of water views of Belmont Bay and adjacent swamp. Long boardwalks made for easy waking while watching for wildlife. Saw a jaunty fox on the way in, but only turtles on my walk. Fun stop that must be a cool, shady great in the summer.

Ann Yanagihara: This park is super close to Alexandria and so easy to get to! The trails are also flat, short and easy, so if you're a little out of shape or you have small kids, don't be intimidated. There is a parking fee ($10 as of 4-24-22) if you decide to drive in but you can park outside the park and walk or bike in as well. If you decide to park in the park though, the parking is plentiful and easy. There are also decent bathrooms at the visitor center. You'll mostly be walking through the woods but you can opt for wetlands or along the river. There is also an area where you can launch a kayak. We've taken a number of trails at this park but this time, we took the Eagle Spur Trail which is an easy trail about 1.5 mile long from the parking area to the river. There's a shelter at the end of the trail where you can relax and enjoy a view of the water (this is where the pics were taken).

Shreyasi Dutta: Its one of the state park at Lorton with picnic benches, kids play area and a small beach. 10$ entry fee and there is an hiking/biking wooded trail of 3miles which is worthy of mention. The beach has options for taking boat rentals for kayaking. Restrooms are ample one at the visitor center and other at the picnic area. Not much to boast off either.

Jessica Long: This park was very nice! I parked in the first parking lot, which goes back pretty far and helps you avoid having to pay to park further into the park. It had maps at the start of the trail and then trail markers along the way as well as tree markings. The Marsh View Trail has a beautiful view of the water and you can see swans at Eagle Point where there is a large binocular for getting a closer look. It was beautiful especially with the falling leaves. The trail markers help a ton to know that you were still on the right path especially with all the ground covered by leaves.

Tory Ho: beautiful park with a small beach you can walk on! the trails are well maintained and marked. it’s $10 admission per car. plenty of parking since we went on a weekday but I can imagine a Saturday being busy especially during the summer months. loved hearing the echoing sounds of the birds and beavers along our nature walk. they also have a nice picnic area with tables, bathrooms, and a playground for the kids!

Laura Inglis: Lots to do here. Admission is $10 per car. There are several trails and plenty parking. Lots of places to have a picnic and there is a playground for kids. The main trail goes along the bay and has a small sandy area that you can also walk on. You may spot Eagles as you're walking, there is also a trail along a marsh where you may spot beavers, turtles and heron. Canoeing is also an option and there is a boat launch area. Check their website to see if there are any special events being offered

Kat Fred: What a beautiful state park, definitely worth the $10/car entrance fee! From the wetland boardwalks to wooded paths and beachy shorelines nature’s beauty was all around you. Be sure to bring your binoculars so that you can zoom in on either the Eagles soaring overhead or the wind surfers & sailboats on the bay. I would also suggest that you bring a picnic lunch and a book so you can spend the entire day enjoying this wonderful park. There’s also a nice nature center and gift shop, AND restrooms. The park rangers are friendly and knowledgeable.

Jean Westcott: This state park has trails along the water, an education center and plenty of picnic spots. There is a place to launch kayaks from to explore the diverse ecosystem. Playgrounds and a handicap accessible trail make it a park for everyone. The entry fee is $10/ car, it is a good idea to consider an annual pass for all Virginia parks for $85.

Ebe Randeree: If you are heading into DC or just want to wait out the traffic before heading south on I-95, this is the place for you. And it allows you a quiet backroad into DC (if you head to Mt Vernon and drive along the river). There are tons of hiking trails before you actually get to the water. The visitors center is awesome and the bald eagles flying around are spectacular,. There is an Osprey nest right off the visitors center to your right. Tons of snails near the water.

A Cooper: VA State Parks never disappoint me. I had frisbee golfed in his area previously and wanted to come back for this park. I parked at Wilson Spring trailhead with my fat pupper and we did Wilson Spring trail to Bayview loop. It was about 3 miles total. Perfect for my pupper on a warm morning. I thoroughly enjoyed the trails and see they have kayak tours coming up. Would definitely go back!

19. Little Bennett Campground

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Little Bennett Campground
Price / Quality
4.5
Available services
4.5
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 23705 Frederick Rd, Clarksburg, MD 20871, United States

Telephone: +1 301-528-3430

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Rick Hoyle: Very nice with water, electric and sewer hookups for RV camping. Many features are shut down during the winter, but there is no discount from the rather high price for a camp site. I guess I shouldn't complain because at least they are open in the winter while the state campsites are not.

Curtis Sweeney: The campsites for tent camping are wonderful, lots of space for a family to enjoy nature. The staff at the camp store are wonderful and always friendly. Well stocked with all the goodies you might need. They are very open to recommendations if they don't have what you are looking for. Laundry on site is a huge bonus. Game room has many different machines if you're looking to play something indoors.
Response: Thank you for your kind review! We are happy you had such a great experience. -LBC Team

Rachel Ridgway: I absolutely adore Little Bennett campground. The staff is outstanding, and the amenities are very clean/well kept. Filters on the campsite water spigots are such a great touch. The camp store is filled with supplies, snacks, and gifts—I can’t go in there without buying something. I am happy to go to the park several times per week, and stay at the campground at least once per year—it’s a natural oasis hidden in plain view in DC suburbia.
Response: Thank you Rachel! We're looking forward to your next visit.

Lori MacAllister: Easy access to & from the freeway, and the roads inside the campground were paved and wide enough for our 45’ rig. Sites are large and clean. Campground is quiet and has many amenities. They are also pet friendly. Kelly was very professional and kind & helped us in getting a site at the last minute, so we could visit a sick relative. We arrived a little earlier than check in and they accommodated us by allowing us to enter early w/o an additional charge. If you’re passing through and need a place to stay, I definitely would recommend LBC. You won’t be disappointed.
Response: Thanks for the great review Lori! Glad we were able to accommodate you. Hopefully, you'll be able to visit again soon. (But just for fun this time. We want all of your relatives to be healthy.)

Dive Master: When you’re at Little Bennett camp site you feel like your in the mountains in a remote part of the Shenandoah mountains/skyline drive camp sites or even a camp site in WV. They have everything you need to relax and enjoy the peace and serenity of the outdoors. You have plenty of choices for camp sites, a small store with the essentials. I go there not only the weekends but sometimes during the week for 2 days just to get away. When the time doesn’t permit my wife to stay overnight, she will come out have dinner and enjoy the fire for the evening and head back home to sleep in her bed. And for those that live in the surrounding area its in your backyard, very convenient.
Response: Thanks you Dive Master for the wonderful and detailed review. We strive to make all of our camper's experience the most enjoyable it can be, so knowing you enjoy the campground so much makes us very happy! Look forward to seeing you soon! LBC Team

Neil Sederburg: A small slice of heaven after a day in the Capital. The campground is quiet and fellow campers quite friendly. I appreciate the picnic table and firepit. The RV sites are full service and cellular reception is excellent. Their small general store has the basics that you may find yourself missing. My favorite campground in the DC area.
Response: Yea! We're happy to be your favorite! We'll keep working hard to hold on to the top spot.

Moira Edwards: My goodness, I love Little Bennett Campground. I've been there about 20 times over the last 12 years. I like how wooded the sites are, and now that I've started camping in a hammock, it's great to have enough trees to hang from. The amenities are excellent, including the basics of the sites, bathrooms and showers, water spigots, plus the lovely trails, and the great activity center, playgrounds, bouncy cushion, and pedal carts. The camp store has all that we need. Just overall, it's very well run and very lovely. Always cooler there than in the rest of the DC area.
Response: Moira, thank you so much for the lovely review, you know our campground very well! We love making our campers happy! LBC Team

Alethia Mcdowell: It was my first time going to Little Bennett Campground, but I really enjoyed camping outside in my tent. The camp ground and the bathhouse was really clean and the staff were really friendly. I am definitely planning to go back!! A nice place to go that is not to far from where I live.
Response: Thank you Alethia for your review. We worked hard to be sure the campground is clean and friendly for our campers! LBC Team

Eric Karns: We had such an awesome time at Little Bennett. The kids have tons of activities and lots of nature around. The staff put together a really great halloween trail walk and were very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend checking this campground out.
Response: So glad you had a great experience! Come back and visit us again soon.

Walt Francis: Great campground between Rockville and Fredrick close to many attractions (breweries, farms, pumpkin/apple picking, DC tours)… full hook ups and pet friendly. Plenty of organized activities for the kids.. FUN WEEKEND FOR ALL…Adding this place to my favorites
Response: Thrilled to hear you had a great weekend! We can't wait for you to come back for many more great weekends at Little Bennett Campground!

20. Potomac Overlook Regional Park

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Potomac Overlook Regional Park
Price / Quality
4.7
Available services
4.6
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 2845 Marcey Rd, Arlington, VA 22207, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: +1 703-528-5406

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Cristin Harber: Potomac Regional Overlook park is a off Military Rd, on Marcy Rd. It looks like a residential neighborhood but opens to a county maintained park. Pass the basketball and tennis courts up a short winding road that splits and forks to the right. A small tot playground and parking lot are at the top of the loop. Several walking trails split from a main trail. Heritage signs along the way explain a small portion of the land’s history. Most trails are easy for anyone. There’s a trail that along the creek. It’s hard to cross depending on the time of year. But there are several places to play in the water. Dog friendly.
Response: Thank you Cristin! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Potomac Overlook Regional Park!

Caroline Hamric: Neat spot! When leaves are off the trees in winter, you can still see the Potomac River from the overlook trail. The park has a cool nature center, fruit/vegetable garden, native species garden, and aviary with two owls and a hawk (don't miss them!). Parking can be tough since it's a popular park, just keep circling.
Response: Thank you Caroline! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Potomac Overlook Regional Park!

Liz Ford: It should remove 'overlook' from its title but other than that, it is easy to walk around and navigate. The view has changed quite a bit since the inception of the park. You can NOT see the Potomac from any viewpoint that we traversed today. There were several noisy school groups on the paths in the woods; but also a pleasant surprise of the rescued owls and falcon. That was neat to see. The paths were not that difficult and we pretty much wandered around for an hour with no problems. I would have liked a bit harder terrain but this was nice after our more rigorous hike yesterday. There is a nature center here and the parking was pretty decent. Bathrooms available too. I would recommend this for running about as well as easy hiking.
Response: Thank you Liz. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Since the park was established 50 years ago, the tree growth has since obstructed to view of the Potomac River. We apologize if our name was deceptive. But, we're glad you enjoyed hiking our trails and visiting our nature center and raptor enclosure. We hope you come back and visit us again.

Steve E.: Great park easy to get to. The parking is limited so find parking on street leading in rather than waste time on narrow road in and out. There is a fair amount of activity during nice weather so make sure you are prepared to see / pass other people and dogs. If you are looking for solitude this park may not be your best bet, but otherwise it is a great place to hike with your dog. Some hills but not challenging.

Jon Rochefort: I've been going to Potomac Overlook park since I was a pre-teen. Hiking with my friends, checking the creek for wildlife, taking in the great overlook view (before you could no longer), and just enjoying nature. I take my own children there now. We visit the raptors, check the frog pond, visit the nature center, and go on hiking adventures. It's such a gem. I hope more people discover it.
Response: Thank you Jon! This is such a wonderful testament to Potomac Overlook Regional Park! We are honored to be such a big part of your life and now your childrens' lives. We look forward to welcoming you back!

Hailey Duncan: Well maintained trails and the creek seemed clean. My doggo loved it here. I do wish there were more trail maps, we got a bit turned around. Oh, and despite the name, there isn't an actual overlook.
Response: Thank you Hailey! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Potomac Overlook Regional Park!

Carol Morrell: There were plenty of trails to explore. There were quite a few people, kids and dogs on leashes but it wasn't like you were standing in line. We didn't have a map with us but there was one at the beginning of Overlook Trail(should havevtaken a picture) which is the yellow trail near parking lot. We thought we were going to do the yellow and red trails because they intersect each other. Some trees do have markers on them but at some intersections you can't tell which path you are on for quite awhile. Which is why we ended up being on yellow, red, green, Potomac Heritage and blue trails. We ened the day following blue till we found a waterfall on right and there is a steep high step rock stairway that leads to a neighborhood. Google maps helped us get to the park through the neighborhood. We could have back tracked but there were some brutal parts that I just wasn't up to doing again. Young fit people would have no problem with it. You do need to cross some streams on the Potomac Heritage and blue trails. With easy rock hopping. There are some trees crossing the paths I'm 5 ft and only had a real problem with one. It was an adventure that I would like to do again!
Response: Thank you Carol! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Potomac Overlook Regional Park. We hope you come back and visit us again very soon.

Amir Bagheri: A beautiful place for a walk. Just to have a real expectation I should mention that even though it has "Overlook" in its name you barely could have an overlook over Potomac and apparently it's because of trees making a barrier!
Response: Thank you Amir! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Potomac Overlook Regional Park. We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year. It's amazing how much our trees have grown in the 50 years. Unfortunately, the overlook to the Potomac is not as grand as it was when we first opened.

John Hartel: Love the hiking here. Last time I was there was early Spring before the trees budded. This time is was so green and beautiful. Just wish the planes weren't constantly flying overhead.
Response: Thank you John! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Potomac Overlook Regional Park!

Erika Burns Moore: Surprisingly large nature park in north Arlington. Trails could be better marked and mapped, and road noise from GW Parkway is present in some areas. Overall a solid park to visit if it's convenient to where you live.
Response: Thank you Erika! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Potomac Overlook Regional Park!