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“Stand by the water, have a picnic, and enjoy watching the planes land at DCA.”

Gravelly Point Park
Ranked #9 of 109 things to do in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This place is a local favorite. It's just a giant field that ends at the Potomac River (go a little further north on the parkway or bike trail for views of the monuments). It's great for riding bikes (the trail stretches from Mt. Vernon and connects up to Rosslyn -- which can take you to Arlington, Georgetown or Pittsburgh). It's also a nice place to have a picnic or read a book (only 4-5 tables, so bring a blanket or camp chairs). The best part is, you can watch planes land at DCA....there's always a crowd doing it!

Thank Tricia C
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

In town on business and started my run on the Mt Vernon Trail at Roosevelt Island. It was such a delight to come down the trail and find Gravelly Point Park. I stood under the flight path and watched plane after plane land. It was the coolest thing. I came back in the evening with a sandwhich and watched the planes take off in the evening. Lots of fun!

Thank ldeit
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Fantastic! If you love airplanes you have to do this. When the planes are landing from the north it is a very cool experience. The bike/walk trail leads through here from what seems to be anywhere. Easy access on foot from Crystal City.

Thank Hofman24
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

The location is great for walking or biking to and from. Also has a boat ramp. Just north of Reagan-National airport, plane spotters will be in heaven. Parking is free and fills up on the weekend.

Thank novabrew
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

No water fountains! however, it is on a trail so it is easy to get to, and watching the planes land is pretty cool. The port-a-johns are usually pretty clean. Wish there was a water fountain, though.

Thank CME1974
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