Northern Virginia is full of beautiful parks
Northern Virginia is known for its rich history, cultural attractions, and beautiful parks. With 32 regional parks and 41 state parks, many situated along the Potomac River, nestled in historical sites, and found throughout our rolling hills, Northern Virginia offers many parks to choose from.
We have created a guide to Northern Virginia’s most beautiful parks.
Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria
Situated in Fairfax County’s Hybla Valley, Huntley Meadows Park is a historical island that sits on over 1,500 acres of protected wetland and awe-inspiring forested areas.
This bird's paradise is home to many feathered friends like the red-headed woodpecker, red-shouldered hawk, great horned owl, egret, and yellow-billed cuckoo.
The woodlands also host a broad assortment of scaled residents, including the eastern ribbon snake and northern water snake.
Set just outside of Alexandria, Huntley Meadows Park offers visitors some of the finest wildlife watching options in the area.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna
Located in Vienna, Virginia, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is 95 acres of outdoor beauty.
The park is home to the first Korean bell garden in the country and over 100 native Korean trees and shrubs, including over 20 varieties of cherry trees, an herb garden, an azalea collection, and a host of other flora.
Nestled among the forest and lakes, the garden offers impressive views of the Piedmont Hills. The park is also home to the annual Winter Walk of Lights held each holiday season.
Surrounded by vibrant plant life and a colossal skylight, The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is a superb venue for weddings and other special occasions. The conservatory holds up to 200 guests, bringing the beauty of the outdoors indoors with the glass walls giving a spectacular view of the gardens.
Seneca Regional Park, Great Falls
Whether you’re in the mood for horseback riding, picnicking, or hiking, Seneca Regional Park in Great Falls, Virginia, is a pure outdoor oasis.
Running along the Potomac River near the Maryland border, this hidden gem offers tranquil views and a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The towing trees, winding trails, and bountiful showing of Virginia Bluebells fascinate the imagination. This majestic park is a naturalist's paradise. Roam the park on the trails above the Potomac River; paths vary from easy to quite challenging or spend an afternoon fishing.
Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Park, Leesburg
Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, Virginia, is a smaller but noteworthy Northern Virginia park.
Located along the Potomac River, Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Park is a must-see for Civil War aficionados. The park is the site of the first Civil War engagement in Loudon County, the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, and is home to a national cemetery. Guided tours and living history events are also offered at the park.
Hikers will experience a history lesson and enjoy wooded hikes that lead to the Potomac River and a portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail.
Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton
With 350 acres of outdoor entertainment, Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton offers hours of fun for every age.
Stroll the waterfront plaza or cruise the 5k loop around the park. Get your swing on at the batting cages, rent a canoe, boat, or kayak, and spend the afternoon on the river. The park provides visitors with a perfect afternoon of fishing from the Occoquan shoreline - the river is home to largemouth bass, white perch, catfish, and more.
Paddle tours, hiking trails, and a water trail are all available to Occoquan Regional Park visitors. And don’t forget to grab a bite at Brickmakers Cafe or pack your lunch and picnic at the pavilion.
Plan Your Trip To One of Northern Virginia’s Most Beautiful Parks
Northern Virginia is one of the most scenic states in the country. Visit one of our spectacular parks and enjoy the outdoors before the cold weather is upon us!
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