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Public Parks

Whether small, passive green spaces in urban areas or more expansive acres offering activities, there are plenty of NoVA parks to choose from.

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Updated: June 2018

Arlington


Barcroft Park
Located near the Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center and Phoenix Bike Shop, this 65-acre park offers fields and courts for a range of sports. It also provides easy access to Four Mile Run Trail, picnic areas and playgrounds. // 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington

Benjamin Banneker Park
The highlight of this park, which includes trails that connect with Four Mile Run, W&OD and Custis Trails, is a marker that signifies the original boundary for the District of Columbia. // 1680 N. Sycamore St., Arlington

Bluemont Park
Sprawling 70 acres, this park offers activities ranging from biking, jogging, hiking, basketball, Frisbee golf, baseball, tennis, volleyball, paved and nature trails and a playground. Get lost in this park, and get busy. // 601 N. Manchester St., Arlington

Bon Air Park
Home to the gorgeous Memorial Rose Garden, this park is often the site for wedding photos. Enjoy the beauty of the azalea, shade, sun and ornamental tree gardens, and have fun on the playgrounds, sports courts and picnic areas. // 850 N. Lexington St., Arlington

Crystal City Water Park
Crystal City has a different type of water park for you. Instead of water slides, stay dry in this park that features pools and fountains and beautiful view across the river to D.C. // 1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington

Fort C.F. Smith Park
There’s plenty of history available at Fort C.F. Smith Park, with the earthwork ruins of Civil War era forts, a Civil War Visitor Center and the Henry House, a 20th century restored mansion. Traditional park amenities like trails and wildlife observation are also available. // 2411 24th St. N., Arlington

Four Mile Run
This locally known stream stretches from Fairfax County through Falls Church and into Arlington County. Residents frequently bike, walk and/or jog on the trail that stretches along the Four Mile Run. // Through Fairfax, Falls Church and Arlington

Glencarlyn Park
Adjacent to the Long Branch Nature Center, the 95.5 acres here offer a host of family activities. From picnic areas, to fishing, to nature trails and a dog park, there is plenty for everyone. // 301 S. Harrison Street, Arlington

Gulf Branch Park
Home to the Gulf Branch Nature Center, Gulf Branch Park provides environmental education programs and live demonstrations of Blacksmiths courtesy of the Blacksmiths Guild of Potomac. // 3608 N. Military Road, Arlington

Lady Bird Johnson Park
Strolling through this park, you’ll visit the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial and the Navy and Marine Memorial. The park is a tribute to Lady Bird Johnson’s efforts to beautify America. // Between 14th St. and Memorial Bridges, Arlington

Long Bridge Park
With a focus on environmentally sound redevelopment, the 30-acre park features public green spaces, high-quality outdoor sports and recreation facilities, a network of walkways, public art and a view of capital monuments. // 475 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington

Lubber Run Park
Hoops, volleyball and picnics are all available here, but its main attraction is the Lubber Run Amphitheater, which will feature free concerts and performances throughout the summer. // 200 N. Columbus St., Arlington

Oak Grove Park
The newly renovated Oak Grove Park is open again. Having taken input from both adults and children, new park features include a tot lot with a focusing on climbing, new trees and a bioretention for stormwater management. // 4012 17th St. N., Arlington

Potomac Overlook Regional Park
There’s more than a pretty view of the Potomac at this park, which offers miles of trails with varying degrees of difficulty, educational gardens and exhibitions, an outdoor summer concert series and kids’ summer camp. // 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington

Powhatan Springs Park
Arlington’s lone skatepark is located near Powhatan Springs (currently slated for renovation). Outside of providing the chance to shred, visitors can enjoy grass fields, an ornamental rain garden and a fountain. // 6020 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Quincy Park
Adjacent to the Central Library, this park is indispensable for baseball, softball, tennis, basketball and volleyball players, as each sport has lighted areas. The park is a great space for running and conditioning groups to meet. Perfect for a picnic, this park also features a playground area. // 1021 N. Quincy Street, Arlington

Virginia Highlands Park
With 20-acres to explore, visitors to the park will have access to diamond fields and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. During those hot summer days, be sure to visit the sprayground as well. // 1600 S. Hayes St., Arlington

Alexandria


All Veterans Park
This park, running alongside a stream in some areas, is a prime area for jogging and biking. The park features a dog run for exercising the puppies too. // 4725 Duke Street, Alexandria

Armistead Boothe Park
This nearly 11-acre park offers basketball courts, athletic fields, tennis courts, a playground and picnic areas with grills. Eat and play, and enjoy the outdoors. // 520 Cameron Station Boulevard, Alexandria

Ben Brenman Park
It’s tough to miss this huge park, spanning about 60 acres and playing a central role in the neighborhood’s recreational life. Offering athletic fields, a fenced dog park, picnic pavilion with grills, walking and bicycle trails and an amphitheater, this park certainly stays busy. // 4800 Brenman Park Drive, Alexandria

Carlyle Dog Park and Tennis Courts
Almost no description here is needed. If you want to play tennis and run around with you dog, this is the spot to be. // 450 Andrews Lane, Alexandria

Chinquapin Park/Forest Park
Featuring athletic fields, basketball courts, garden plots, an indoor swimming pool on site, tennis courts, picnic areas with grills, a wooded area and a playground, this park is bustling with different community members every day of the week. // 3210 King St., Alexandria

Dora Kelley Nature Park
Named for a community activist, this park is a great spot to sit quietly. Bring a book, enjoy one of the many park benches and relax in the wooded area away from the cars and city life. Environmental programs regularly featured here as well. // 5750 Sanger Ave., Alexandria

Fort Ward Park
This park is ideal for picnicking—grills are permitted, and even alcohol is permitted in certain areas of the park. Check the regulations, but enjoy. A dog exercise area, playground, museum and amphitheater are also featured in Fort Ward, making this a well-rounded 44-acre park. // 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria

Four Mile Run Park
Adjacent to the body of water from which it gets its name, this park features athletic fields commonly used by the Alexandria public and private schools, but are also available to the public. Basketball courts, biking and jogging trails, areas great for bird watching and fishing, and a playground all in the park as well. // 3700 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria

Oronoco Bay Park
Often rented out for events and festivals, this park has great biking and jogging trails. There are picnic areas near the parking lot, making it easy to pack a picnic for yourself post-run or bike ride. // 100 Madison St., Alexandria

Rynex Nature Area
The former location of a church that burned down during the Civil War, this area is quite peaceful. If you are in need of a forested, quiet area to be immersed in nature, this is the place to come. In nearly 10 acres of nothing but trees, the air really does feel fresher here. // 1500 N. Chambliss St., Alexandria

Waterfront Park
Perhaps one of the most enjoyable things to do on the waterfront is come to this park, sit by the water and share a picnic with friends or family. There is a linear system of parks in Alexandria by the waterfront, but the one that earns the simple title Waterfront Park is the one that regularly features events and festivals. // 1A Prince St., Alexandria

Windmill Hill Park
Located on the waterfront, this park offers more than a nice view, basketball courts, a playground and even sand volleyball. Get some volleys going on the sand court and imagine the river is your beach. // 501 South Union St., Alexandria

Fairfax


Clemyjontri Park
This park is a great area for all children to play, especially those who use wheelchairs, walkers, braces, or who have sensory or developmental disabilities. // 6317 Georgetown Pike, Mclean

Great Falls Park
With 15 miles of hiking trails, as well as 5 miles of bike/horseback trails, you can enjoy the a peaceful and beautiful scenery and roaring rapids with your family. // 9200 Old Dominion Drive, Great Falls

Kirby Park
Visit this park in the spring or summer when buttercup flowers abound. Bring a picnic, stroll through the meadow and enjoy the shaded areas beneath the trees. // Kirby Road, off Westmoreland Street, McLean

Lake Fairfax Park
This 476-acre park offers soccer fields, an outdoor swimming pool enveloped by a lazy river, seasonal fishing, picnic areas, campgrounds, a carousel and a playground. Each summer, the park hosts a summer concert series. // 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston

Mason Neck State Park
Spot heron and other species of birds as you gaze over hundreds of acres of hardwood forest. You have the opportunity for activities such as boating, fishing, hiking and picnicking. // 7301 High Point Road, Lorton

Pimmit Run Stream Valley Park
This park follows the nearly 8 miles of Pimmit Run and includes its numerous tributaries. Hiking trails in the park offer beautiful spots along the way to overlook bluffs and the stream. // From near Chain Bridge in Arlington into McLean

Riverbend Park
Just a few miles down from Great Falls Park, this park does not disappoint on its name, offering a beautiful location against the Potomac River. In front of the visitor’s center and parking lot is a grassy area dotted with picnic benches, barbecue pits and enough room to throw a Frisbee around. The park even offers canoes and a docking area for boats and kayaks. Enjoy lunch and then a quick walk up the river to relax and enjoy the over 400 acres of lush land. // 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls

Scotts Run Nature Preserve
This preserve is wonderful for hiking, and a part of the Potomac Heritage Trail passes through the park. Trail proponents hope to one day link all trails along the river together, meaning that over 800 miles of trail would be united—Scotts Run trail included of course. // 7400 Georgetown Pike, McLean

Turkey Run Park
This park is a local favorite for birding, so bring your bird-finding eye. Bring a picnic too, and after a hike on one of the many nature trails in the park, enjoy a relaxing bite to eat. // Two miles off the Capitol Beltway, on the GW Memorial Parkway, McLean

Fauquier


C.M. Crockett Park
Visitors of Fauquier County’s largest lakeside park can enjoy fishing, renting a boat, picnicking, playing volleyball and taking a walk through the park’s nature trail. // 10066 Rogues Road, Midland

John Marshall Birthplace Park
This park was home to John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who was born in a log cabin in 1755. Marshall is best known for his decision in Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court case that established judicial review. John Marshall Birthplace Park opened in the 1970s, which made it Fauquier County’s first public park. The park’s nature trail is a popular destination for birdwatchers and also includes a picnic area. // 5160 Germantown Road, Midland

Monroe Park
In addition to its ADA accessible playground and various sports fields, Monroe Park is home to the Gold Mining Camp Museum. Guests can learn about the history of gold and gold mining or attend a free gold panning demonstration. // 14421 Gold Dust Parkway, Goldvein

Town of Remington
The town of Remington now offers three marked biking routes, all rich with historical sites. See Civil War battlefields on the 11.7-mile Civil War Loop and a vast display of architecture on the 10-mile Tinpot Turn. The 28-mile Bealeton Loop winds around historic Elk Marsh, and the Mountain View trail traverses 23.2 miles around the Rappahannock and Hazel Rivers.

Vint Hill Farms Park
The quaint Vint Hill Farms Park has a nature trail and a creek that can be used for fishing. Other amenities include volleyball courts, picnic tables and horseshoe pits. // Kennedy Road (Route 652), Warrenton

Fredericksburg


Alum Springs Park
This scenic park is ideal for a relaxing stroll past its creek and over its bridge. It’s outfitted with picnic shelters and grills, a playground and trails, perfect for a family picnic. // Greenbrier Drive, Fredericksburg

Cossey Botanical Park Arboretum
This former water treatment plant plot has been turned into a garden maintained by a partnership between the City of Fredericksburg and the Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area and the Stafford County Virginia Cooperative Extension. // 1601 Little Page St., Fredericksburg

Dixon Park
Dixon Park spans 46 acres of open fields, 1.5 miles of trails, athletic fields and nature preserve. There’s also a swimming pool and playground for a day of quality time with the family. // 1300 Dixon St., Fredericksburg

Memorial Recreation Park
A day of fun is on the docket at Memorial Recreation Park with its basketball, tennis and pickleball courts along with soccer fields, a toddler play area and playgrounds. // Kenmore Ave., Fredericksburg

Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area
Motts Run is home to 860 acres of undisturbed nature and an 160-acre reservoir ideal for the true outdoorsman and nature enthusiast. Here you can take part in water activities like canoeing, kayaking and boat rentals, plus bike trails, a nature center and more. // 6600 River Road, Fredericksburg

Old Mill Park
One of Fredericksburg’s most popular parks, Old Mill Park sits right along the waterfront and has soccer fields, open play areas, playgrounds picnic shelters and on-site restrooms. // 2201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg

Loudoun


Algonkian Regional Park
Find an 18-hole golf course, waterpark, hiking trails, open fields and wooded areas at this 838-acre park along the Potomac River. There are also picnic shelters and vacation cottages for rent. // 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling

Ashburn Park
You can rent the pavilion at this 16-acre park, which consists of a creek, trails, playground and picnic area. // 43645 Partlow Road, Ashburn

Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
Overlook the Potomac River, pay your respects at the area’s cemetery (the country’s third smallest) and learn a little something while walking along the interpretive trail. // Ball’s Bluff Road, Leesburg

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
This 695-acre preserve is breathtaking in its expansive forests, rolling hills, wildlife and its Goose Creek. The third Saturday of each month is Volunteer Day in the preserve, when you can come and help maintain the trails, enabling others to enjoy the preserve for years to come. // 21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg

Bles Park
On its 124 acres, this park offers visitors places to fish and play football, lacrosse and soccer. There are also trails and wetland areas on the property, which it shares with the Eastern Loudoun Adult Day Center. // 44830 Bles Park Drive, Ashburn

Brandon Park
This small, 3-acre park offers a handicapped accessible playground as well as picnic tables and open space. // 878 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg

Byrne’s Ridge
This 26-acre Stone Ridge community park features a picnic area, batting cages and football, lacrosse, baseball, softball and soccer fields, as well as an ADA accessible multipurpose trail. // 24915 Mineral Springs Circle, South Riding

Carrvale Park
It’s up to you how you want to pass the time on this 4-acre plot of open space, whether it’s letting the kids play a game of tag or plopping down for a little picnic. // 919 Marshall Drive NE, Leesburg

Catoctin Park
From this park’s picnic tables, watch adrenaline junkies ride around in the Eric Brown Skate Plaza. // 141 Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg

Claude Moore Park
Perhaps the most outstanding feature of this park is its Sportsplex, offering baseball, softball, football, soccer and lacrosse on the nine sports fields. There are also 11 miles of nature trails great for hiking, biking, bird-watching, picnics, photography and quiet. Nature, history and sports classes are offered and available for sign-up in the visitor’s center. // 21544 Old Vestal’s Gap Road, Sterling

Edgar Tillett Memorial Park
With wooded areas, baseball and softball fields, this 52-acre park has views of the Beaverdam Reservoir. // 21561 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn

Edwards Landing Park
After walking along the trails (which access the Potomac Heritage Trail) at this 32-acre park, take a break at one of the picnic shelter’s tables. Said shelter can also be rented. // 901 Powhatan Court NE, Leesburg

Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park
Make a day of it by packing a lunch, eating at a picnic table and going canoeing/kayaking/fishing at this park, which covers more than 100 acres. If you aren’t interested in getting in the water, there are also trails and wooded areas worth strolling through. // 44105 Heron Way, Lansdowne

Foxridge Park
This 5-acre park holds a playground, a soccer field, basketball court and a picnic shelter. You can also access the Washington & Old Dominion Trail from here. // 525 Catoctin Circle SW, Leesburg

Freedom Park
At the entrance of this park—which has two softball and two baseball fields, a football/soccer field, picnic tables, a fieldhouse and a concession stand—find the Leesburg 9/11 Memorial. // 101 Colonel Grenata Circle SE, Leesburg

Georgetown Park
Though it is only one half acre, this park offers picnic tables, benches and access to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. // 221 S. King St., Leesburg

Greenway Park
After playing on the playground or basketball court, get in touch with the outdoors by walking along the nature trail. // 103 Shade Tree Way SW, Leesburg

Greg Crittenden Memorial Park
Between fields and batting cages, baseball and softball athletes have places to play here. The 16-acre space also offers picnic tables, concessions, a creek and wooded areas. // 21401 Windmill Drive, Ashburn

Ida Lee Park
On its expansive 138 acres, this park holds the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, the Ida Lee Tennis Center and the A.V. Symington Aquatic Center. You’ll also find 70 community gardens, the Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden, a gazebo, playground, picnic shelter, two playgrounds, trails and soccer/lacrosse fields. // 60 Ida Lee Drive NW, Leesburg

Keep Loudoun Beautiful Park
Situated along Goose Creek, this 3.4-acre area offers a picnic area with tables, a canoe/kayak launch site and places to fish. // 43055 Golf Club Road, Sterling

Lovettsville Community Park
Across the street from the Lovesttsville Community Center, find this 91-acre off-leash park featuring picnic pavilions, performance space, sports fields and trails. // Broad Way and Milltown Road, Lovettsville

Morven Park
Hosting equestrian events and home to three museums, this park attracts approximately 200,000 visitors annually. Also find hiking trails, athletic fields, gardens and places to picnic. // 17195 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg

Olde Izaak Walton Park
You can let Fido roam off-leash here, the home of the Leesburg Dog Park. Pets and people alike can enjoy the pond, stream and trails. // 850 Davis Court SE, Leesburg

Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park
Ideal for any athlete, this 405-park features 17 lighted fields for softball, baseball, football, lacrosse and soccer. There are also 3.5 acres of trails. // 42405 Claudia Drive, Leesburg

Potomac Crossing Park
This kid-friendly 8-acre park has a playground, picnic shelter and trails. // 508 Shanks Evans Road NE, Leesburg

Raflo Park
Take some deep breaths outdoors from the comfort of this 3-acre park’s picnic tables or gazebo, or, if you’re looking to get your steps in, gain access to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. // 345 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg

Robinson Park
Find both baseball and flag football fields at this 10-acre park with picnic tables and trails. // 345 Plaza St., NE, Leesburg

Rotary Park
This tiny 1-acre plot squeezes in a playground, basketball court, picnic tables and places to sit. // 22 North St. NE, Leesburg

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Park
At this park, take in views of the Potomac River and also check out the many historic buildings that call the property home. // 43098 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg

Trailside Park
Little ones can play on the playground or unleash their inner athlete on the 20-acre park’s baseball/softball field. There are also batting cages, concessions, a creek and a wooded area on the property. // 20375 Claiborne Parkway, Ashburn

Tuscarora Creek Park
Sitting on 29 acres, this park has a place for children to play, a rentable picnic shelter, tables and access to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. // 425 Solitude Court SE, Leesburg

Prince William


Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park
Two battles were fought on this land that is now a 140-acre historic site in the western part of Prince William County: the Battle of Kettle Run (1862) and the Battle of Bristoe Station (1863). Now it is a park with more than 2.7 miles of walking and equestrian trails. It is also part of the Bristoe Station Campaign Mobile Tour, a 50-mile route from Prince William to Fauquier that takes visitors on the same routes soldiers traveled during the 1863 Bristoe Station Campaign. // Corner of Iron Brigade Unit Avenue and 10th Alabama Way, Bristow

Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve
Part of the Potomac Heritage Trail, the wetlands are a perfect place to view a wide array of unique wildlife from reptiles and native plants to deer and beavers. Visitors can pick up walking trail guides, along with plant viewing and bird watching guides, to become immersed into one of NoVA’s natural treasures. // 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge

Lake Ridge Golf and Marina  
Located directly below the Occoquan Reservoir, Lake Ridge park offers public access to the Occoquan Water Trail along with the ability to rent boats for public use. On top of boat rentals, visitors can rent canoes, pedal boats, kayaks, paddleboards and jon boats. On land, the park offers 18-hole miniature golf and 1.2 miles of hiking trails. // 12350 Cotton Mill Drive, Woodbridge  

Leesylvania State Park
Can’t make it to the beach? Leesylvania State Park is a great day option. Not only can you stroll the beach where Native Americans, the Lee and the Fairfax families once lived and where Capt. John Smith visited, you can also partake in many water activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. // 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge

Locust Shade Park
This park, next to the Marine Corps Heritage Museum, is more than trails and shaded lawns. There is a 400-seat amphitheater, an 8-acre lake for fishing (bluegill, largemouth bass and crappie) and boating (seasonal pedal boats), a driving range, an 18-hole miniature golf course, batting cages, playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts and 3.2 miles of nature trails. // 4701 Locust Shade Drive, Triangle  

Manassas National Battlefield Park
Manassas National Battlefield Park is where the South truly tested the North during the Civil War. Now it holds the somber reminders of our past conflict as a place where one can peacefully stroll the grounds. // 6511 Sudley Road, Manassas

NOVA BMX Track
BMX has become particularly popular in NoVA, so much so that in 1997 Prince William County got a BMX course of its own in Woodbridge, which recently hosted the 2016 USA BMX Stars and Stripes National Tournament. Luckily for us, the track is permanent. // 7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge

Pat White Center at Ben Lomond
The Pat White Center at Ben Lomond is widely renowned for its affordable recreation programs and educational classes that it offers to citizens of all ages. While currently closed for renovations, the Pat White Center at Ben Lomond, commonly referred to as “The Barn,” continues to accept registration for preschool, dance, special events, spring break camps and pavilion rentals. // 10501 Copeland Drive, Manassas  

Prince William Forest Park
Nestled in the far southeastern corner of Prince William County 35 miles south of D.C., the Prince William Forest is a sprawling 15,000-acre park managed by the National Park Service and a good choice for those who can’t make it to the mountains. As the name implies, the park is mostly forested and runs along Quantico Creek. Because of the park’s tremendous size, there are countless loop and out-and-back possibilities here. // 18170 Park Entrance Road, Triangle  

Silver Lake Regional Park
A designated passive recreation park with over 230 acres of rolling meadows, pine forests and a 23-acre lake, Silver Lake Regional Park provides more than enough activities for a day of fun in the outdoors. With over four miles of multipurpose trails, picnic areas and a lake to catch bluegill and largemouth bass fish, there is something for everyone. Be advised that there are no trash cans within the park due to the park’s Trash In/Trash Out policy: visitors are responsible to take out whatever trash they bring in. // 16198 Silver Lake Road, Haymarket   

Veterans Memorial Park
From a 50-meter outdoor pool to the largest skate park in Prince William County, Veterans State Park contains an eclectic mix of activities that appeal to all interests. On top of swimming and skating, the park is home to several sporting leagues and the community center hosts open sporting events, camps and playschool. There is also a duck pond situated within the park, located next to the Marumsco Creek, Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge and the Occoquan Bay National Water Reserve. // 14300 Veterans Drive, Woodbridge

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