City of Alexandria, VA
Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA)There’s Something for Everyone in the Regional Parks!
Welcome to your Northern Virginia Regional Parks—more than 10,000 acres of woodlands, streams and rolling Virginia countryside. Enjoy 19 Regional Parks featuring golf courses, swimming pools, hiking trails and much, much more. Take a website tour of these beautiful parks! For a complete list of NVRPA parks with amenities and directions, call 703.359.4603 or visit NVRPA.org.
Regional Parks within the City of Alexandria
Cameron Run Regional Park
Cameron Run Regional Park offers a variety of recreation facilities in an urban area, including Great Waves Water Park. Catch a wave in the wave pool, twist and turn down four-story water slides, take a plunge down speed slides, play with friends in the shallow waters of the play pool. Little ones will enjoy the tad pool. The park also features a deluxe miniature golf course with pond, a nine-station batting cage, picnic shelters, and a special event pavilion.
Carlyle House Historic Park
The historic Carlyle House was completed in 1753 by Scottish merchant John Carlyle for his bride, Sarah Fairfax of Belvoir, member of one of the most prestigious families in colonial Virginia. Their home quickly became a center of social and political life in Alexandria and gained a foothold in history when British General Braddock made the mansion his headquarters in 1755. Braddock summoned five royal governors to meet there to plan the early campaigns of the French and Indian War.
On the National Register of Historic Places, Carlyle House is architecturally unique in Alexandria as the only stone, 18th-century Palladian-style house. Daily tours of the house, programs for schoolchildren, special events, exhibits and lectures explore the life and times of John Carlyle in pre-Revolutionary Alexandria. The site may be rented in the evenings for private functions and weddings. Carlyle House is located in Old Town Alexandria across from City Hall.
The following NVRPA parks are available for use by City of Alexandria residents at no additional fee:
Aldie Mill Historic Park
Gristmills once dotted the landscape of Virginia and rural America, but most of them have now vanished or stand abandoned as silent witnesses of the past. At Aldie Mill the unique heritage of water-powered gristmills is remembered and preserved. The restored Aldie Mill, an imposing four-story brick structure with tandem metal waterwheels, offers visitors and students a glimpse of how life was lived in the rural South during a time when the Mill served as a vital center of the community.
Algonkian Regional Park
Located on the scenic Potomac shore, Algonkian Regional Park is the perfect place for an afternoon of fun in the sun, a family vacation or even your wedding. The park includes Downpour! (a large swimming pool and aquatics play complex), a par-72 golf course, miniature golf, trails, a boat launch, picnic shelters, vacation cottages, and a versatile meeting center. Directions: To reach Algonkian Regional Park from the Beltway (I-495), take Route 7 west 11 miles to Cascades Parkway north, and drive 3 miles to the park entrance.
Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
Surrounding the Ball’s Bluff National Cemetery, this regional park preserves the site of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, the largest Civil War engagement to take place in Loudoun County. Hiking trails and interpretive signs aid in understanding this important and tragic part of American history.
Brambleton Regional Golf Course / Brambleton Regional Park
This scenic park is home to a challenging championship 18-hole, par-72 golf course. Brambleton offers a variety of impressive holes with scenic woods and water holes, large bunkers and plush putting greens. Golfers may find the need to use every club in their bags!
Bull Run Regional Park
Bull Run’s spacious fields accommodate groups by the hundreds, even thousands, for picnics, camping or special events. Bull Run’s scenic woodland and trails offer miles of hiking and solitude. In springtime, acres of bluebells and other wildflowers bloom beside a picturesque, meandering stream. A large outdoor pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Miniature and disc golf are open April through October. A public shooting center, which includes sporting clays, skeet, trap, wobble trap and indoor archery, is open year-round. Directions: To reach Bull Run, take I-66 to Exit 52 (Route 29) at Centreville, drive 2 miles south, turn left onto Bull Run Post Office Road and follow the signs to the park entrance.
Bull Run Marina
Located on the waters of the Occoquan Reservoir, Bull Run Marina is part of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s 5,000 acres of preserved Bull Run-Occoquan Stream Valley land. The water at this location offers opportunities for high school crew practice and fishing and boating. Directions: To reach Bull Run Marina, take I-66 west, exit at Fairfax, continue south on Route 123 to Clifton Road, turn right on Clifton Road, then left on Henderson Road to a right turn on Old Yates Ford Road.
Bull Run Regional Park Public Shooting Center
Bull Run Shooting Center offers 5 different shotgun games that are fun and exciting for new or experienced shooters of all ages. Our Learn-To-Shoot class, required for new shooters, is affordable and fun. Certified instructors are available for experienced shooters who want to improve their scores. The shooting center is open year-round and features a pro-shop for shotgun reloading supplies, ammunition and more. Rental guns are available.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Beauty, conservation, education and discovery flourish throughout the year at this 100+ acre complex of large ornamental display gardens and unique native plant collections. Walking trails, lakes, more than twenty varieties of cherry trees, irises, peonies, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, butterflies, seasonal blooms and foliage create a sanctuary of beauty and nature. Conservation and plant diversity displays in the Visitor Center invite guests of all ages to explore the natural world. The Atrium’s indoor tropical garden setting is a popular meeting, reception, wedding and workshop location. Interpretive displays accompany a restored 18th-century cabin. A picnic area beside the Gardens is available to visitors. Meadowlark presents gardening and horticulture workshops, tours, field trips, concerts, volunteer programs and an active endowment with opportunities to commemorate or honor loved ones while helping Meadowlark Botanical Gardens grow.
Occoquan Regional Park
This spacious park is scenically located on the Occoquan River diagonally across from the Town of Occoquan. It offers 400 acres of recreational space and a touch of the past with its historic brick kilns and the memory of imprisoned women suffragists.
Occoquan Water Trail
Pohick Bay Regional Park
Pohick Bay is a water oriented park located on the Potomac River 25 miles south of the nation’s capital. Our boat launch facilitiy is one of only 3 public access points to the Potomac River in northern Virginia and the closest to Washington DC and its famous waterfront. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own boat. Pohick Bay offers canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and jon boats for rent on the weekends. In addition to water activities the park also offers family and group camping, hiking, picnic areas and a large “treehouse” play area for children. Pohick Bay Regional Park, located on Mason Neck Pennisula is an ecologically fragile land that shelters an abundance of wildlife, including the bald eagle. Nature lovers can expect to see blue birds, osprey, heron, deer, beavers and rare sightings of river otters.
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
On the Potomac Palisades in north Arlington, Potomac Overlook offers 70 acres of peaceful woodland. Potomac Overlook’s Nature Center serves as the regional center for the Park Authority’s year-round programs of outdoor adventure and environmental education. Youth and nature-oriented groups and schools may make arrangements for special programs.
Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park
Discover a beautiful out-of-the-way place. Hike over hills and through the woods to panoramic views of the Potomac and the distant blue foothills across the river on this 67 acre property.
Temple Hall Farm Regional Park
Temple Hall Farm Regional Park preserves the agricultural, cultural and natural resources of the 286-acre farm and provides an educational and recreational resource that explores farming in Loudoun County for the people of Northern Virginia. This beautiful working farm in Loudoun County provides an opportunity for children and adults to learn about farm animals and to enjoy the sites and sounds of the farm. Visitors can bring a picnic lunch or snack to eat at the picnic tables, bring cake and presents and celebrate a birthday, take a walk on the babbling brook trail over the creek and through the woods. On weekends you can join the farm interpreter for a free tour of the farm then take a hayride around the farm. Educational programs are available to introduce school and youth to Northern Virginia’s farming heritage. Designed as an outdoor classroom, the park educates children about the diverse aspects of farm life, animals and crops. A farm interpreter leads tours and guides children as they participate in farm-related activities such as feeding the animals. To schedule a group program, call 703.352.5900.
Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park
The 100-foot-wide W&OD has been called “the skinniest park in Virginia.” But it is also one of the longest parks, 45 miles of paved trail for walking, running, bicycling and skating and 32 miles of adjacent gravel trail for horseback riding. Built on the roadbed of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, the multi-use W&OD Trail runs through the urban heartland and countryside of Northern Virginia. The W&OD Trail runs from Shirlington near I-395 to Purcellville in Loudoun County.