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.
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.
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.
Reflect on bravery and sacrifice at the US Marine Corps War Memorial.
Hike the battlefields of First and Second Manassas.
Explore the park’s history from depression era summer camp to OSS training camp and hike the park’s trails.
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]
We hope you have a chance to explore the many beautiful national parks in Northern Virginia, during National Park Week and all year long.