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
Northern Virginia moved to Phase III guidelines on July 1. Visit the Virginia Government website for the latest guideline and restrictions. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission regional site 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 and tracking maps from the Virginia Department of Health.
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 – Open with Restrictions
Shenandoah National Park is open 24 hours daily and most amenities are now open.
- Normal Park Entrance Fees apply or use your National Park Pass. Visitors can also purchase a Shenandoah Park Pass in advance through Recreation.gov.
- Boundary trail access is open, including Old Rag and White Oak Canyon. Entry fees will be collected at the boundaries and parking will be limited to available parking spots in designated parking areas only. Vehicles parked along the roadside will be ticketed and towed in all boundary areas.
- Campgrounds are open with limited capacity. Reserve a campsite at http://www.recreation.gov/. A small number of first come-first served sites are available daily.
- Backcountry camping is permitted; register at kiosks. Backcountry cabins are available for weekend rental from the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club at patc.net.
- Concessionaires are open including Big Meadows Wayside, Elkwallow Wayside, Loft Mountain Wayside, Skyland Lodge, Big Meadows Lodge, Big Meadows Showers and Woodyard, Lewis Mountain Cabins and Campstore, and Loft Mountain Campstore are all open.
- The Park Store at Byrd Visitor Center is open 10:00 – 5:00, Thursday – Monday. Consider downloading a park map before you arrive. The park lists suggested hikes and trail maps here. Our Day Trip Planner for Shenandoah’s Central District highlights some of our favorite overlooks and hikes in the park.
- Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, Massanutten Lodge, and Rapidan Camp historic structures are closed.
- Look for less popular trails so you can maintain social distancing.
Check for the latest updates and visit the park from home with these online resources:
Great Falls Park – Open with Restrictions
Great Falls Park is collecting entrance fees. Parking, restroom facilities, trails, and picnic areas are open. The Visitor Center and other indoor facilities are closed. Visitors should practice social distancing in the park.
Warm weekends often lead to overcrowding at Great Falls. If the lots are full, consider these 10 Great Falls Park Alternatives.
Check the Great Falls Park website for the latest updates and guidelines.
Virginia State Parks – Open with Restrictions
Virginia State Parks are open with regular admission fees. Trails, restrooms, picnic tables, and picnic shelters are open. Campgrounds, cabins, lodges, and group sites are open with reduced capacity. “Visitor centers, gift shops, and other buildings will open on a park-by-park basis.” Some ranger-led programs may be available. Tidal beaches are open at Mason Neck and Leesylvania. Park staff are enforcing social distancing and group size limits. Swimming pools and shuttle services are closed.
Check the Virginia State Parks website for additional guidelines.
NOVA Parks – Open with Restrictions
Northern Virginia Regional Parks are open including trails, golf, mini-golf, batting cages, boat rentals, restrooms, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and some indoor facilities. Cabin and campground reservations are open. Waterparks and summer camps are closed for the season. Brickmaker’s Cafe at Occoquan Regional Park is open daily for indoor and outdoor dining. Social distancing guidelines are in place.
Find the latest updates on the NOVA Parks website.
Arlington County Parks – Open with Restrictions
Arlington County park trails, playgrounds, restrooms, athletic fields, batting cages, tennis and pickleball courts, skate parks, tracks, dog parks, and picnic shelters are open. Spraygrounds and Nature Centers are closed. Many events and classes are canceled, but Arlington is launching a series of free park programs beginning July 8th. Maintain strict social distancing in county parks.
Find the latest updates on the Arlington County Parks website.
Fairfax County Parks – Open with Restrictions
Fairfax Parks and many amenities are open including picnic areas, playgrounds, athletic fields, marinas, boat launches, mini-golf, skate parks, dog parks, and outdoor fitness equipment. Indoor facilities including Nature Centers, visitor centers, historic buildings, Rec Centers, and pools will reopen in phases. Golf courses are open with new social distancing guidelines in place. Waterparks are closed for the season. The Park Authority is offering a mix of virtual and in-person programs and camps.
Find the latest updates on the Fairfax County Parks website.
Loudoun County Parks – Open with Restrictions
Loudoun County Parks are open for trail and leisure use, including fishing and water activities. Tennis and pickleball courts are open. Aquatic, recreation, and community centers are open and the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center is open with restrictions. Outdoor and indoor pools are open for lap and recreational swimming (reservations required) but water play features are closed. Most classes and events are canceled.
Find the latest updates on the Loudoun County Parks website.
Prince William County Parks – Open with Restrictions
Prince William County trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds, and parking lots are open. Golf courses, skate parks, dog parks, fishing access, boat launches, historic sites, and many restrooms are open. Outdoor pools and waterparks, recreation centers, and community centers remain closed. Check the park website for updates on summer events and camps.
Find the latest updates on the Prince William County Parks website.
Historic Sites and Gardens in Northern Virginia
Arlington National Cemetery is open and tram tours are operating with reduced capacity and limited stops. The Changing of the Guard, Arlington House, Iwo Jima Memorial, and Memorial Amphitheater are closed to visitors.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon outdoor facilities are open including the mansion (reserve ticket online) and some museum exhibits. The food court, and gristmill and distillery are closed. Face masks are required at check-in, indoors, and when distancing can not be maintained outdoors. Only clear plastic bags are allowed. You can also check out digital experiences and virtual tours online
Gunston Hall is open 9:30 – 6:00 daily including the Mansion, Visitor Center, Museum, and grounds.
Smithsonian Air and Space Udvar-Hazy Center is closed.
Woodlawn and Pope-Leighy House is closed for the winter season.
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts has canceled all on-site programming. Park trails and restrooms are open but indoor facilities are closed.
Check the status of Smithsonian and other Washington DC closures here.
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.
- Visit Loudoun website and restaurant and small business updates.
- Visit Prince William website and restaurant updates.
Virginia Wineries and Breweries
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.
Breweries in Northern Virginia are open for outdoor seating and limited indoor seating. Some breweries offer reservations and food pre-orders. Explore local breweries with our guide to the LoCo Ale Trail.
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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