These useful Northern Virginia resources help locals track updates from government health sites; park departments, popular destinations, tourism sites; and other local organizations. Follow the links for information on closures, special offers, and online resources.
Please note that this is a collection of public websites run by other organizations. We do not create or maintain any of the sites listed below, and we can not guarantee that they are up-to-date or complete.
Guidelines and closures are changing quickly, so check with local destinations for the latest updates. We will do our best to keep this listing updated as we get new information.
Virginia and Northern Virginia Region Websites
Visit the Virginia Government website for the latest guideline and restrictions, including Phase I guidelines. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission created a regional site that links to health departments, public schools, government alerts, transportation, food banks, and other philanthropic resources in Northern Virginia. There are also links to regional and national resources for kids and for small businesses. The site also includes tracking maps from the Virginia Department of Health and links to the Center for Disease Control.
Northern Virginia Resources for Parks and Historic Sites
As stated by the National Park Service, “YOU can be an everyday hero by limiting driving to essential travel only. Please find exercise and recreation options that are available within walking or biking distance from your home. We are all in this together to help flatten the curve.”
Here are links to Northern Virginia park websites and a summary of current closures.
Shenandoah National Park – Phased Reopening May 23
5/21 Update: Shenandoah National Park will begin a phased reopening on Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 AM:
- Skyline Drive will be open and all trails accessed from the drive will be open.
- Normal Park Entrance Fees apply. Plan to pay with a debit or credit card to minimize use of cash, or use your National Park Pass.
- Restroom facilities will be limited. Restrooms will be open at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6), Panorama (mile 31.6), Byrd Visitor Center (mile 52), Beagle Gap (portable toilet; mile 99.5).
- Visitor Centers, picnic areas, and campgrounds will remain closed.
- The park will be open daily from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and closed overnight (10:00 – 5:00).
- Access to and trails at Old Rag, White Oak Canyon, and all boundary trailheads will remain closed. You must hike from Skyline Drive.
- The park will not be giving out maps so download a map before you arrive park map here and a sugggested hikes and trail maps here
- Look for less popular trails so you can maintain social distancing. And bring sanitizer and other needed supplies since most facilities will be closed.
Check for the latest updates and visit the park from home with these online resources:
Great Falls Park
Great Falls Park is closed to vehicles. While Great Falls Park trails remain open, visitors can only reach park trails on foot or bicycle. In addition, all indoor facilities including restrooms are closed and water is shut off.
Check the Great Falls Park website for the latest updates and guidelines.
Virginia State Parks
May 21 Update: Virginia State Parks are open, including restrooms, picnic tables, and campgrounds. Indoor facilities, playgrounds, picnic shelters, cabins, lodges, and group campsites remain closed. Park staff are enforcing social distancing and group size limits. All events and classes are canceled. Bring cash to self-pay admission fees.
Check the Virginia State Parks website for additional guidelines.
May 20 update: Northern Virginia Regional Parks gates and parking areas are open. Buildings remain closed so there is no access to restrooms and check-ins. Social distancing guidelines are in place; plan to take trash with you. Fishing, biking, hiking, and boating are permitted, but playgrounds may be closed. Golf courses are open and reservations are strongly encouraged.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens reopens May 22.
Find the latest updates on the NOVA Parks website.
Arlington County Parks
Arlington County parks, fields, playgrounds, restrooms, tracks, dog parks, and athletic courts are closed. All spring events and classes are canceled. Maintain strict social distancing on county trails.
Find the latest updates on the Arlington County Parks website.
Fairfax County Parks
May 21 Update: Fairfax Parks have reopened access roads and parking lots but all facilities, including restrooms, are still closed. Golf courses are open with new social distancing guidelines in place. Athletic fields and courts, nature centers, visitor centers, historic sites, picnic areas, playgrounds, amusements, boat launches, skate parks, dog parks, outdoor fitness equipment remain closed. All indoor recreation sites are closed and all classes, events, and summer camps are canceled.
Find the latest updates on the Fairfax County Parks website.
Loudoun County Parks
Per the Loudoun County Parks and Rec website, “all PRCS recreation, community, senior and adult day centers and the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center are closed until further notice.” Trails are open for use as long as social distancing is maintained. Playgrounds, pavilions, athletic fields and courts, and other gathering places are closed. All indoor recreation sites are closed and all classes and events are canceled.
Find the latest updates on the Loudoun County Parks website.
Prince William County Parks
May 21 Update: Prince William County Parks are open for trail use only, and entrance gates and parking lots have reopened. Restrooms and amenities, playgrounds, fitness centers, community centers, and historic buildings remain closed and all classes and events are canceled.
Find the latest updates on the Prince William County Parks website.
Historic Sites and Gardens in Nothern Virginia
All of the museums and historic sites listed below are currently closed. Follow the links to check for new updates and guidelines.
- Arlington National Cemetery is closed except for family pass holders and burials. Face masks are required on grounds. Join in virtual commemorations this Memorial Day.
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon is closed so check out the digital experiences and virtual tours.
- Gunston Hall is closed through June 10.
- The National Museum of the Marine Corps is currently closed but you can tour the museum online.
- Woodlawn and Pope-Leighy House is closed to tours and weddings. The annual Needlework Show has been suspended and will reopen at a later date.
- Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts has canceled all summer programming. Park trails are open but restrooms and all facilities are closed.
- Workhouse Arts Center is closed through June 10.
NoVA Tourism, Restaurant, Winery, and Brewery Info
Northern Virginia tourism offices are working hard to create updated listings of online resources, restaurant deals, and other useful information. Many of these sites also track carry-out options and special offers from Northern VA restaurants, wineries, and breweries.
- Stay Arlington website and restaurant updates.
- Visit Alexandria website and restaurant updates.
- Visit Fairfax website and restaurant updates.
- City of Fairfax restaurant updates.
- The town of Herndon is maintaining this list of grocery store and restaurant updates.
- Visit Loudoun website and restaurant and small business updates.
- Visit Prince William website and restaurant updates.
In addition to the tourism sites listed above, Virginia Wine is maintaining a helpful listing of winery carry-out and delivery options and special deals at local wineries. Here is the list for Northern Virginia wineries.
If you know of another helpful Northern Virginia resource that should be on our list, please let us know in the comments below. We wish you health and comfort in the weeks ahead.
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