George Washington Memorial Parkway

Park - National
Please note: George Washington Memorial Parkway is no longer a part of the Going Out Guide.

Editorial Review

Alongside a 7,200-acre national park, the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway is also home to parks, trails, historic houses and memorials.


Turkey Run Park: Turkey Run offers views of the river's palisades and access to the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.
Claude Moore Colonial Farm: This farm is a working re-creation of a small 18th-century tobacco farm.
Fort Marcy: During the Civil War, this was part of the circular defense system around Washington.
Theodore Roosevelt Island: Along with the recreation of hiking and wildlife observation, this 88-acre preserve stands as a memorial to the 26th U.S. president.
U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial/Netherlands Carillon: This statue honors the sacrifices of the U.S. Marines since 1775.
Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial: This Arlington estate was once the home of Robert E. Lee and his wife, Mary Anna Custis.
Lady Bird Johnson Park: This is an area where the Johnsons often stopped to admire the city. Nearby is the Navy and Marine Memorial.
Gravelly Point/Roaches Run Waterfowl Sactuary: From Gravelly Point, you can view the grandeur of the planes landing at Reagan National Airport, launch your boat or play ball at the fields. The small tidal lagoon that makes up Roaches Run Waterfowl Sactuary is located between the 14th Street bridge and the National Airport exit in the southbound lanes. The inlet is a prime spot for watching, ducks, heron, gulls and redwing blackbirds.
Dangerfield Island: This area includes the Washington Sailing Marina, playing field, boat ramp, picnic area, snack bar and restaurant.
City of Alexandria: The parkway becomes Washington Street within Alexandria city limits. It is a wonderful area for shopping, walking, boating and taking in the historic flavor.
Jones Point Lighthouse: This is the southernmost point of the original 10-mile-square District of Columbia.
Belle Haven Park/Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve: Belle Haven has trails, a picnic area and a marina. Dyke Marsh serves as a nesting and feeding area to more than 250 species of birds.
Collingwood Picnic Area: Once part of George Washington's River Farm, this land is now a riverside picnic area.
Fort Hunt Park: Dating back to the Spanish-American War and World War II, this fort now serves as a recreational facility.
Riverside Park: A nice recreation area for fishing, picnicking and working out on the fitness course.
Mount Vernon Trail: This is a paved multi-use trail that runs for 18.5 miles.
Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens: George Washington's home from 1754 till 1799.