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Gravelly Point Park

George Washington Parkway, Arlington, VA 22202
703-228-3969
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Ranked #14 of 39 Attractions in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Not the best as far as beauty, but it's VERY cool to watch the planes go in and out of DCA! I love to bring people here, and when I lived in Old Town, I liked to run or bike here. I recommend a visit during flying hours. =)

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Hidden Gem in DC!! Access is a bit convoluted but it is worth it!! I would go back over and over again. Perfect for family picnics, kids or just a solo walk, jog or bike ride. By far my favorite park in DC area.

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Chatham, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Gravelly Point park is only accessible from the northbound George Washington Parkway. It was not signed on the south side so we thought we had missed it. There are some picnic benches and when we were there some locals visiting to watch the planes and some families as well. The park is at the end of the runway and when... More

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washington dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is the best place in Washington to watch airplanes take off and land. It is great any time of the day or night. You can have a picnic or relax under the takeoff or approach pattern from National Airport. Bring a blanket and food then lay back and watch the planes. Depending on the wind they may land over... More

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Stopped by here today in the middle of my run up the Potomac. Lots of folks were there playing frisbee and a few Professional Whiffleball League games were going. There were several portalets and parking. Right on the Potomac river and directly under the Reagan National flight path. Wow!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Even for people that live in the area, this is a hidden gem. Parking is available off of the GW Parkway (going Northbound only). Lots of room to walk around and watch the planes take off from nearby National Airport. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, the planes will be either landing or taking off overhead. Watching them... More

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We stop by here every time we visit the area. Such a small thrill to watch the giant planes take off an land just feet above your head.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Throughout the year, Gravelly Point always attracts me. As a hiker and cyclist, it is a perfect place to start a ride or a hike. The Mt. Vernon trail passes through the park, and one can either head to Alexandria and Mt. Vernon in one direction, or Washington the other. Today I went to Washington. If you have kids and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Watch planes land and take off while enjoying nice picninc food or fisbee or handball game or cyclying, you name it! Over all a good place to spend evening with family or friends! Parking is free but limited.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I usually run past this area from my hotel in Crystal City, but I've parked here many times for a run when I'm in the area but not staying. There's always been plenty of free parking, however I've always visited on weekdays; I imagine that on weekends it might fill completely.

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