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National Battlefield Park

12521 Lee Highway, Manassas

(703) 361-1339

Manassas National Battlefield Park was established in 1940 to preserve

the scene of two major Civil War battles. Located a few miles north of

the prized railroad junction of Manassas, the peaceful Virginia countryside

bore witness to clashes between the armies of the North and South in 1861

and 1862. The Henry Hill Visitor Center provides a good beginning point

for park visitors. Visit the museum, see the film “Manassas End of

Innocence,” or join a ranger on an interpretive tour about the First

Battle of Manassas. The Eastern National Bookstore is also located in

the visitor center. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Christmas

and Thanksgiving.


William Forest Park

18100 Park Headquarters Road, Triangle

(703) 221-7181

Established in 1936, Prince William Forest Park, Located in Prince William

County, Virginia, is the largest protected natural area in the Washington,

D.C., metropolitan region at over 15,000+ acres. Today, the park is a

window into the past, of what much of the east coast once looked like

centuries ago. A range of activities are offered, including hiking and

backcountry camping. Permits required for camping. Open year-round, 9

a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 entrance fee (good for seven days).

Great Falls National Park

107 Park Headquarters Road, McLean

(423) 436-1200

This park is composed of 800 acres along the Potomac River upriver from

Washington, D.C. It is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway,

and known for its scenic beauty and the historic Patowmack Canal. The

park is a day-use area and a fee is charged for admission. It is open

every day except December 25. A visitor center provides orientation to

the site and information about the recreation opportunities available.

The park road and trails are open for hiking and exploring. Fishing for

bass, catfish and carp is a popular activity on site, but a Virginia or

Maryland fishing license is required. Rock climbing opportunities are

available on site, but please register at the visitor center or lower

parking lot before climbing. Pets must be leashed at all times.


Heritage Trail

(202) 789-7000

Washington, D.C/Fairfax

Citizens in the Potomac Heritage Trail corridor are rediscovering history

and reclaiming access to rivers and other outdoor places. The designation

of a Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail corridor in 1983, an amendment

to the National Trails System Act, is being used by communities in Virginia,

Maryland, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania to develop and make

connections among trails, historic sites and a range of recreational and

educational opportunities. In the Virginia/D.C. region, the trail exists

in two places: The 184.5-mile C & O Canal Towpath between Georgetown

and Cumberland, Md., managed by Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical

Park; and the 17-mile Mount Vernon Trail and the 10-mile Potomac Heritage

Trail in northern Virginia, managed by George Washington Memorial Parkway.


House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

(703) 235-1530

The house that Robert E. Lee called home for 30 years and one uniquely

associated with the Washington and Custis families is preserved today

as a memorial to General Lee. The house is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to

4:30 a.m.; the museum is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The house and grounds

are closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm

6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean

(703) 442-7557

Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a living history site that demonstrates

the life of a poor farm family living on a small farm in northern Virginia

just prior to the American Revolutionary War. Open Wednesday through Sunday,

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free


Memorial Grove on the Potomac

George Washington Memorial Parkway, McLean

(703) 289-2500

The Memorial is located in Lady Bird Johnson Park, a Potomac River island

in Washington, D.C. The grove consists of two parts. The first area, commemorative

in nature, is a granite monolith surrounded by a serpentine pattern of

walks and trails. The second area is a grass meadow and provides a tranquil

refuge for reflection. The trails are shaded by a grove of hundreds of

white pine and dogwood trees, and framed by azaleas and rhododendron.

Open year-round during daylight hours.


Roosevelt Island Park

George Washington Memorial Parkway, Turkey Run Park


(703) 289-2500

Theodore Roosevelt was a man with vision. He considered the future before

making decisions and his legacies still influence us. Perhaps his greatest

legacy was in conservation. This wooded island is a fitting memorial to

the outdoorsman, naturalist, and visionary who was our 26th President.

Two and one-half miles of trails lead through the marsh, swamp and forest.

Visitors often see birds or small mammals. Access to the island is available

only from the northbound lane of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Open throughout the year during daylight hours.


National Park for the Performing Arts

1551 Trap Road, Vienna

(703) 255-1800

The first national park for the performing arts, this park offers wealth

of natural and cultural resources to the Northern Virginia community and

to the nation. The center has 3868 in-house seats, and is an open-air

performing arts pavilion.


U.S. National Park Service

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