Enjoy beautiful Chesapeake Bay views in solitude at Grandview Nature Preserve. A 10-minute hike on a maintained trail through tall marshes brings tranquility-seekers to a 2.5 mile-long stretch of bay-front beach. Grandview Nature Preserve is the ideal spot for fishing, kayaking, walking on the beach or observing wildlife. >MORE
Bike, walk or jog on the breathtaking Mount Vernon Trail. This 18-mile, paved, multi-use trail winds along the Potomac River from George Washington’s Mount Vernon through Alexandria, Virginia and to Theodore Roosevelt Island in Arlington, offering stunning views of the national monuments and memorials in D.C. >MORE
Take the scenic route in Fredericksburg, VA, with a walk on the many trials. Explore Government Island where the stone for many of D.C.’s government buildings was quarried. Enjoy water sports including a leisurely tube ride down the Rappahannock or thrilling jet ski and fishing on Lake Anna.
Cascading waterfalls, historic trails, still water kayaking, and mountain biking await visitors to Fairfax County. Key highlights include the NPS-managed Great Falls Park and bald eagle viewing at Mason Neck State Park. Follow the 45-mile W&OD Trail by foot or bike to explore three counties on Virginia’s “skinniest park.”
Thirty-seven miles of the New River with public access and outfitters or guides, miles of hiking including the Appalachian Trail, three waterfalls for hiking and swimming, and five towns with unique lodging, hometown shops and eateries mean you will have an adventure in Virginia’s Mountain Playground™,