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Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville
Bull Run’s spacious fields accommodate groups by the hundreds, even thousands,
for picnics, camping or special events. Bull Run’s scenic woodland and
trails offer miles of hiking and solitude. In springtime, acres of bluebells
and other wildflowers bloom beside a meandering stream.
Occoquan Regional Park
9751 Ox Road, Lorton
This spacious park is scenically located on the Occoquan River diagonally
across from the Town of Occoquan. It offers 400 acres of recreational
space and a touch of the past with its historic brick kilns and the memory
of imprisoned women suffragists. Features include a marina, batting cage,
walking trails and concessions. March 13 through November 28. Open daily,
7 a.m. to dark. Closed Nov. 29 for the winter.
Andrew Leitch Park/Waterworks
5301 Dale Boulevard, Dale City
This Prince William County Park boasts baseball fields, softball fields,
a water park, picnic facilities, volleyball courts and playgrounds.
Anne Moncure Wall Park
4450 Waterway Drive, Dumfries
Tennis courts, basketball courts and picnic facilities are among the amenities
at this Prince William County Park. Open year-round.
Birchdale Recreation Center/Turley Fields
14730 Birchdale Avenue, Dale City
Operated by the Prince William County Park authority, this park is home
to Little League fields, playgrounds, picnic facilities, basketball courts
and tennis courts. Restrooms on site.
C. Lacey Compton Neighborhood Park
17301 River Ridge Blvd., Dumfries
Operated by the Prince William County Park Authority, this is one of the
only public parks in the area with an in-line skating rink and in-line
skating trail. Other features include playgrounds and picnic pavilions.
Wilderness Overlook Park
43098 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg
This off-the-beaten-path park offers panoramic views of the Potomac River.
No public restrooms. Open year-round, dawn until dusk.
Ball’s Bluff Battlefield
Ball’s Bluff Road, Leesburg
Surrounding the Ball’s Bluff National Cemetery, this regional park preserves
the site of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, the largest Civil War engagement
to take place in Loudoun County. Hiking trails and interpretive signs
aid in understanding this important and tragic part of American history.
No public restrooms. Open year-round, dawn to dusk.
Temple Hall Farm
15789 Temple Hall Lane, Leesburg
The 286-acre working farm in beautiful Loudoun County provides educational
programs to introduce school and youth groups to Northern Virginia’s farming
heritage. At Temple Hall, goats, hogs, peacocks, chickens, ducks, sheep
and other farm animals are raised. The farm also raises Orchard grass
for use as feed. Temple Hall is not a petting farm. All animals remain
in fenced pens. A farm interpreter leads tours and guides children as
they participate in farm-related activities such as feeding the animals
or working in the garden. Sunday – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays;
Tuesday to Friday – Groups By Reservation; Closed Saturday.
Bay Regional Park
6501 Pohick Bay Drive, Lorton
The Indians called this land “Pohick,” the Algonquin word for
the “water place.” Today, Pohick Bay is still the water place
– a water-oriented park 25 miles south of the nation’s capital. The park
occupies a spectacular bayside setting on the historic Mason Neck peninsula
in Fairfax County. Mason Neck is an ecologically fragile land that shelters
a profusion of wildlife, especially the bald eagle. The developed recreation
areas are concentrated where they will least disturb the delicate balance
of nature. Features include an 18-hole 72-par golf course, fishing, camping
and boat rentals as well as guided canoe and kayak tours.
Overlook Regional Park
13220 Yates Ford Road, Clifton
Hemlock Overlook Regional Park serves as an Outdoor Education Center operated
jointly by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and George Mason
University. The university offers a variety of outdoor and environmental
education, summer camp, team development programs for public and private
schools, religious groups, community groups, sports teams, corporations,
professional organizations, as well as local, state, and federal government
and military agencies. Programs at Hemlock Overlook are open to the public
and groups by reservation. Only the hiking and horse trails may be used
without prior arrangement.
Bull Run Marina
12619 Old Yates Ford Road, Clifton
(703) 250-9124 (Fountainhead Regional Park)
Located on the waters of the Occoquan Reservoir, Bull Run Marina is part
of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s 5,000 acres of preserved
Bull Run-Occoquan Stream Valley land. The water at this location offers
opportunities for high school crew practice and fishing and boating. Open
for training, competitive rowing practices and by special permits to anglers
Fountain Head Regional
10875 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station
Miniature golf, fishing, nature trails and picnic tables are among the
many attractions of this park on the Occoquan Reservoir. The parks’ Marina
Building offers sandwiches, snacks, beverages, bait and tackle, fishing
licenses, scale, deck and rest rooms. The park is open daily from March
20 to November 13. Open from dawn to dark. Closed Nov. 14 for the winter.
Sandy Run Regional Park
10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station
Sandy Run offers a facility for team training and competition for Olympic,
college, high school and club canoe, kayak and crew athletes. This park
has a 2,000-meter racecourse and three boathouses. The park is open for
Regattas only, which happen throughout the year. Contact the office for
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna
A picturesque gazebo, three sparkling lakes surrounded by weeping cherry
trees and a profusion of colorful blooms are the centerpiece of this beautiful
95-acre garden. The public is invited to enjoy and participate in the
growth and beauty of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Features include The
Atrium at Meadowbrook Botanical Gardens, a meeting and reception facility
featuring indoor gardens; gazebos available for weddings (reservations
(703) 255-3631 ext. 104); a visitor center with a gift shop, restrooms,
exhibits, rental meeting and activity space. The Gardens are open year-round,
but closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and when snow
or ice covers the trails. March through November, admission is $4 for
ages 18-59, $2 for ages 7-17 and 60 and older and free for ages 6 and
younger. Admission is free December through February. An annual pass is
Upton Hill Regional Park
6060 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington
Upton Hill Regional Park offers visitors a wooded oasis in the heart of
the most densely populated area of Northern Virginia. A large outdoor
swimming pool complex is a sparkling attraction in this wooded, urban
park, which straddles the boundary line between Arlington and Fairfax
counties. The deluxe miniature golf course boasts one of the longest mini
golf holes in the world and the batting cages include baseball and softball
Cameron Run Regional Park
4001 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria
There’s plenty to do at this Northern Virginia park, which boasts the
Great Waves Water Park. Other attractions include miniature golf and a
batting cage. The pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Batting cage and mini golf are open mid-March through October. Hours vary.
Carlyle House Historic Park
121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria
On the National Register of Historic Places, Carlyle House is architecturally
unique in Alexandria as the only stone, 18th-century Palladian-style house.
Daily tours of the house, programs for schoolchildren, special events
and lectures explore the life and times of John Carlyle in pre-Revolutionary
Alexandria. The site may be rented in the evenings for private functions
and weddings. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday noon to
4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. Tours on the half hour. $4 for adults, $2 for
students age 6-17 and free for children age 5 and younger.
2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington
On the Potomac Palisades in north Arlington, Potomac Overlook offers 100
acres of peaceful woodland. Potomac Overlook’s Nature Center serves as
the regional center for the Park Authority’s year-round programs of outdoor
adventure and environmental education. Youth and nature-oriented groups
and schools may make arrangements for special programs. Park open all
year during daylight hours. The Nature Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and is closed
Algonkian Regional Park
47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling
Located on the scenic Potomac shore, this park features an 18-hole par-72
golf course, a driving range, a pro shop, the Downpour Water Park, a snack
bar, river front cottages, RV and boat storage, a children’s play area
and nature trails. Park open all year. Golf course open all year, weather
permitting. Pool open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Mini golf
open April through October. Hours vary.
Washington and Old Dominion
Railroad Regional Park
21293 Smiths Switch Road, Ashburn
The 100-foot-wide W&OD has been called “the skinniest park in
Virginia.” It is also one of the longest parks – 45 miles of paved
trail for walking, running, bicycling and skating and 32 miles of adjacent
gravel trail for horseback riding. Built on the roadbed of the former
Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, the multi-use W&OD Trail runs
through the urban heartland and countryside of Northern Virginia.
Brambleton Regional Park
42180 Ryan Road, Ashburn
This scenic park is home to the Regional Park Authority’s newest championship
18-hole, par-72 golf course. Brambleton offers a variety of challenging
holes with scenic woods and water holes, large bunkers and plush putting
greens. Features include a driving range and professional instruction.
Open all year, weather permitting.
Burke Lake Park
7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station
Its 888 acres feature a 218-acre lake with fishing, boating, rowboat rental,
tour boat rides, camping, a miniature train, a carousel, outdoor volleyball
courts, an 18-hole golf course, disk golf, an ice cream parlor and snack
bar, picnic areas, playgrounds and a brand new miniature golf course.
The new fishing pier is accessible to persons with disabilities. Privately
owned boats with electric motors are permitted on the lake.
Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield
Its 493 acres include a 55-acre lake with boating, fishing, hiking, miniature
golf, a carousel, snack bar, tour boat rides, trails, picnic areas and
playgrounds. Boats powered by electric motors, sailboats under 15 feet
and kayaks are allowed on the lake. Swimming and windsurfing are prohibited.
Nominal fees are required for miniature golf, the carousel, rowboat, pedal-boat
and canoe rentals.
Lake Fairfax Park
1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston
This 476-acre park includes a 18-acre lake, an outdoor swimming pool enveloped
by a lazy river; pedal-boat rental, fishing, a carousel, campgrounds,
trails, playground and picnic areas. Nominal fees are charged for boat
rentals, The Water Mine, carousel and camping.
Rock Creek Park
1500 Glover Rd.,Washington, D.C.
Called the “gem of the nation’s capital,” this city park offers
something for everyone. Nature trails abound, as do areas to play soccer,
picnic, hike, bike and rollerblade, play tennis, fish, horseback ride,
listen to a concert, or attend programs with a park ranger. Open year-round
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sources: Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority,
Virginia Department of Conservation/Recreation, U.S. Department of the
Interior, Fairfax County Park Authority, Prince William County Park Authority.