National Park Week: Celebrate National Parks in Northern Virginia

National Park Week, from April 20 – 28 in 2019, is an annual spring celebration of all that our wonderful national parks have to offer. The National Park Service will offer free entrance to all national parks on April 2oth, the first day of National Park Week.

Here are 5 of our favorite ways to celebrate National Park Week at parks in Northern Virginia.

1. Great Falls Park

Enjoy free admission, admire the falls, hike the River Trail along beautiful Mather Gorge, or try a loop hike at the eastern edge of the park. Kids can earn a Junior Ranger Badge using one of two booklets, grouped by age.

Great Falls Park waterfalls from overlook 1
Great Falls Park waterfalls from overlook 1

2. George Washington Memorial Parkway

With multiple parks celebrating history and nature, the GW Parkway offers a fascinating way to spend a day just outside Washington DC. Enjoy Virginia bluebells and other spring wildflowers with a hike along the Potomac at Turkey Run Park.

Potomac River view from Turkey Run Park
Potomac River view from Turkey Run Park

Reflect on bravery and sacrifice at the US Marine Corps War Memorial.

US Marine Corp Memorial in Arlington VA
US Marine Corp Memorial in Arlington VA

Hike the boardwalk at Theodore Roosevelt Island or Dyke Marsh.

Roosevelt Island boardwalk after rains
Roosevelt Island boardwalk
Dyke Marsh boardwalk along the Potomac River in Northern VA
Dyke Marsh boardwalk along the Potomac River in Northern VA

3. Manassas National Battlefield

Hike the battlefields of First and Second Manassas.

House and Monument on Henry Hill, Manassas Battlefield VA
House and Monument on Henry Hill, Manassas Battlefield VA

 

4. Prince William Forest Park

Explore the park’s history from depression era summer camp to OSS training camp and hike the park’s trails.

Bridge over Quantico Creek Prince William Forest
Bridge over Quantico Creek Prince William Forest

5. Shenandoah National Park

Drink in the vistas, nature, and history by car or take a short hike to gorgeous views. Shenandoah National Park  celebrates Junior Ranger Day during National Park Week with a day of kid-friendly activities.

[box type=”info”]Plan your visit with our Shenandoah National Park Day Trip Planner: Things to Do in the Central District.[/box]

View from Little Stony Man in Shenandoah National Park
View from Little Stony Man in Shenandoah National Park

We hope you have a chance to explore the many beautiful national parks in Northern Virginia, during National Park Week and all year long.

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