Algonkian Regional Park

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling: Address, Phone Number, Algonkian Regional Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Algonkian Regional Park
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Traverse City, MI3 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Looking for a pristine, finely manicured course with 5 attendants making sure you are greeted and your clubs are set to go on your cart? This is not the place for you. Looking for a public 18-hole course with no houses, mature trees, and seemingly “pet deer” on almost every hole, hawks, wood chucks, get yourself a tee time. Nothing tricky. Just plain old good LONG drives are the key and staying out of the bermuda “grabby a$$” grass rough. Fairways tightly mowed and greens are in great shape. Plenty of water recently and greens were slow. Sand traps were not raked and overgrown (only reason for mark down). Yes, I would still recommend this course and play it next time I’m in the area.
Written September 20, 2021
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Washington DC, DC136 contributions
Jun 2020
Very quiet and comfortable place. Very lovely. Great for fishing. It could be crowded on the weekend. There are several trails through the park.
Written June 22, 2020
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Written June 26, 2020
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Alexandria, VA29 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
There are many ways to experience this park, and as many reasons for coming in the first place. This review is about staying in the riverfront cabins, specifically at the start of Spring 2016. Other visitors skip the overnight stay and opt for a nature experience, launching a small boat in the Potomac River, walking/jogging the wooded trails, playing a round of golf, holding a large or small picnic, bringing kids to the playground, or (in summer season) splashing in the water park and playing a round of miniature golf.

Months in advance, I reserve Cabin #3 (of 12 available). It's a 2-bedroom cabin and one of the few "Deluxe" models, in this case because of an indoor Jacuzzi whirlpool in the master bedroom. Despite my long-standing reservation, Cabin #3 was down for maintenance. The nice staff (Kathleen) gave us Cabin #10, a 4-bedroom Deluxe, at the same price. Cabin #10 has an outdoor hot tub on the back deck overlooking the river - nice! Unfortunately the inside gas fireplace was down for maintenance, so we missed that little piece of the experience.

The cabin itself achieves a balance. It's not a rustic hunting shack or log cabin with no electricity or running water. But it's also not a luxury hotel. It's more like the way you would keep a vacation home if you owned one yourself. Maybe a timeshare is a better example. There are a few more cobwebs and fingerprints than I would like, and no daily maid service. You take out your own trash. I could wish for a library of DVDs, board games, cards, etc. I recommend you bring your own. Also bring your own paper towels.

Some elements are better than hotels. There is a full kitchen with full-size appliances (but no dishwasher, and laundry is another building across the street), dishes, and cookware. The living room's flat-screen TV is medium-sized, like a hotel, but has a built-in DVD player. The HDMI ports let you play anything you like from your laptop. Particularly noteworthy - in contrast to hotels - is the fast WiFi internet access. Like your own home, there's a cable modem and dedicate WiFi router. We streamed Netflix on-line movies with no hiccups whatsoever.

The dining table is large and comfortable for six people. The large living room has two sofas, two comfy chairs, more padded chairs available from the storage closet, and the gas fireplace in the middle of it all. I read other posts about insufficient towels and linens, but ours were plentiful - more than we needed. I'm sure more are available from the park's check-in location.

The outdoor hot tub was convenient, private, and wonderful. It's enclosed with darkened windows, and every side has large window sections that slide open. It would be nice in cold winter and any spring or fall weather. A hot tub in summertime is not everyone's cup of tea, but this shaded enclosure along the river would catch any breeze and get as close to perfect as possible during summer weather. The enclosure has plenty of room to bring in a few chairs from the deck, which we did. Or skip the hot tub and just enjoy a relaxing time on the deck itself watching the river flow by. Either way, listening to the wildlife is fascinating. It all comes "alive" just as the sun sets - owls, frogs, etc.

There's still more to do outside without leaving the cabin. Every cabin has a pole-mounted grill, the kind you see at picnic pavilions. Most have picnic tables also, but the broad deck has plenty of seats and tables that I would prefer. There's a front yard where small kids can play, and larger woods for the older kids to stomp around while staying within eyesight. I suppose you could fish from the cabin's "backyard", but I don't know much about the sport. If you leave the cabin area, you have all of the other options available as mentioned in my opening paragraph above.

I've had a few other cabin experiences. Algonkian Regional Park definitely ranks in the top tier. Other cabins have been dirty, smelly, hot, cold, or lacking repair. Algonkian had none of these negative issues. High-end luxury cabins may have a pool table, swimming pool, and multiple common spaces & lofts so kids can hang out separate from adults. Alginkian had none of these extras, except that the "Deluxe" models have an indoor Jacuzzi or outdoor hot tub. We saw that one neighbor was enjoying a fire pit behind their cabin, but our did not have this option. Basically Algonkian strikes the right balance for my taste. I seek a peaceful vacation more than excitement.

If you actually leave the park, everything you could want is nearby. We enjoyed some fabulous restaurants, a long country drive, some historic spots (like Harpers Ferry), a Cineplex movie. and an outlet mall.

The price is worth noting also. A cabin rental is over $150 per night, and more if you get a larger model or a "Deluxe". Nice hotels in the area are cheaper. But would a single hotel room hold four couple plus some children? Does a hotel room have a private living-room-size area where you can relax for hours of conversation, book-reading, or whatever? Would that hotel room have a private dining table for the whole family, plus a fridge, stove, and microwave where you can warm up those doggie-bag leftovers? Would your hotel room have 16-foot ceilings and a skylight? Would that hotel room offer a private deck along the river? It's really a matter of taste. For a single visitor, an entire cabin doesn't make much sense from a purely financially perspective. For a couple, family, or group of friends, the cabins here are a better value than hotels.

My wife and I are thinking through scenarios for a return visit - perhaps Thanksgiving week with a whole lot of family.
Written March 24, 2016
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Germantown, Maryland2 contributions
Nov 2013 • Couples
My husband and I have rented the "deluxe" 2 bedroom cabin #3 a few times for romantic weekend trips, and we have always loved it - until this past weekend. We didn't mind paying $180 a night (off season) for a 2 bedroom, VERY basic cabin because of the hot tub that took up an entire room of the cabin - but when we arrived this time, we found that they had removed the hot tub, but continued to price it as a "deluxe" cabin. The Ranger at the rental office we called when we arrived and saw the changes was very friendly, but not much help - he said he would upgrade us to another deluxe cabin, with a hot tub, but said there might be a small up charge. I looked it up and realized the small up charge was an additional $100 per night, and we declined the switch. He said it was still priced as a deluxe cabin because it had two master suites. Just in case anyone from the Virginia Parks Department is reading this, I feel I should let you know that a rock hard full size mattress and a roughly built wooden dresser do NOT, in fact, constitute a Master Suite! The fire place worked for approximately 4 hours during the entirety of our 4 stays, so without the hot tub, I can't give this more than a poor rating. Not cool, Algonkian - not cool!
Written November 17, 2013
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Centreville, VA3,680 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Take Cascades Parkway north off the perpetually busy Route 7 in Sterling, Virginia and after you pass shopping centers and suburban housing developmentsis you'll discover this peaceful Fairfax County Park along the banks of the Potomac River. With a par 72 golf course, a driving range, riverfront cottages for rent, picnic shelters, Volcano Island water park, miniature golf and playing fields, Algonkian Park has something for everyone. Take a relaxing walk along the river, enjoy a picnic, play a round of golf. Several months ago we attended a wedding at The Woodlands, the park's conference and wedding center. With expansive views and up to date facilities, this wedding venue was quite lovely lit by candlelight.
Written July 22, 2015
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Woodbridge, VA28 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
We stayed in Cottage 3 (handicapped access & facilities) for 4 days/nights.

It was great!

At the same time, the Park was offering it's "Haunted Forest" program.

We just wanted a quiet and consolating weekend.

We had a Great time!

Our stay was quiet (inside). Eventhough we cnould hear carnage, mayhem, freakish, ghoulish and other such stuff (because of the Park's Haunted Forest attraction/activity outside, none of that was heard in the cottages.

Our cottage was spacious, warm and inviting.

Reasonable cable TV kept us up to date with local activities and programs.

Also, the view from our cabin at sunrise and sunset was beyond exemplary. Beautiful, awesome, amazing, etc. are too weak to explain.

The cabin was fully furnished and had accomodations for all. Within 10 minutes are household and grocery outlets, so we were able to make sure that we had anything that we needed.

This is a deal!

We will surely look to stay here again because of the wonderful and accomodating, friendly and comfortable accomodations.

Well done, NVRPA!

You nailed this as a great and wonderful deal!
Written November 3, 2014
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Ashburn, VA191 contributions
Sep 2014 • Business
Bungalow Rentals? 18 Hole Golf? Mini Golf? Water Park? Picnic Pavilion Rentals? Kayak Rentals? Hiking Trails? Volleyball? Are you interested in any of this?? If so, check out Algonkian Regional Park. I planned my Corporate Finance Picnic here and the online reservation process and staff who assisted me for the group mini golf were very accommodating. We rented their largest pavilion and it was clean and held the team very well. The nearby restroom facilities were very clean. There were a lot of shade trees in the pavilion area, making for a very pleasant day. I plan to take my grandson back to the water park when it opens next season. Looks like a great place. There is no fee to enter the park, but there is to reserve pavilions, golf, boat, or rent a cottage.
Written September 30, 2014
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Sterling, VA3 contributions
Feb 2013 • Family
This is by far the worst park I have EVER been to. Many people don't leash their dogs and let them to wander. One even ran up to me out-of-the-blue and bit my upper foot. We exchanged numbers and it turns out the owner refused to cooperate. Afterwards, I had to spend my whole day in the hospital.. Rude people and HORRIBLE park. We saw many people swimming in the river when there is a clear NO SWIMMING sign in the entrance. I've been here many times and was astonished at how the park was poorly maintain. The water was disgusting and polluted with beer bottles and soda cans everywhere along the edges. There was also litter all over he ground. To me it didn't feel like a naturalistic park. It was more like a dumpster from those of a third world country. Feel free to come here if you want to see a marshy wasteland and loud and obnoxious people,
Written March 31, 2013
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Sterling, VA5 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
Whether it’s playing golf at a great course, renting rustic cabins along the Potomac River, picnicking at covered gazebos, enjoying the water park in the summer or just walking the many trails, Algonkian Park is the place to go! The staff is always friendly and helpful!
Written December 21, 2017
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Waco, TX435 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
We're in the area for a few weeks and we decided to do some trail running within this park. We parked near the boat dock and followed a nice trail that bordered the water and golf course. We made a loop, continued our way along a trail that passed families bbqing and enjoying the park. We went by the cottage rentals and water park. Seems there's something for everyone. The trails weren't very clear but I don't believe you can get lost with all the activity around. We watched four deer, they didn't seem too concerned with our presence but we gave them their space. We spent a nice couple of hours and may return if we have time. No cost to enter or park.
Written July 2, 2017
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