The Potomac River region in Washington DC boasts of some gorgeous national parks, such as Great Falls and Shenandoah. However, the region is also home to many local and state parks. Even the Montgomery County is home to hundreds of parks.
Whether you need to search for rare types of plants in the State of Virginia, attend a festival in Washington DC, see a reenactment of Civil War battle, or get a glimpse of the biggest tree in Maryland, the country has a park for your interests. Of course, there is no shortage of verdant green places to visit during your private tours Washington DC too. Since the nation has several public parks, you will need a compilation of the top verdant areas to explore in a matter of days. These parks along the Potomac are relatively less explored so you can also enjoy a rather private visit besides a family trip.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown areas, this park is an ideal destination for a Washington DC tour. It runs along the Anacostia River’s eastern side, from Benning Road to Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. With playgrounds, bike trails, fields for athletics, boat ramps and more, there is no dearth of ways to explore the park. It could be a good place to try out plogging.
For another destination, head upstream from the Anacostia River park area to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.
Dickerson Conservation Park
Take a stroll around the park situated adjacent to the Potomac River to Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and you are likely to spot an athlete with a promising Olympics future. That is because the site is home to a heated manmade kayak-racing course. The drainage canal here was modified in 1991 for kayaking. Since then, people have been training here year round.
Besides, the park is home to American Sycamore, which is considered the biggest tree in Maryland.
Fort Frederick State Park
When the French and Indian War during the 1700’s was in full swing, the Fort Frederick in Maryland was at the frontier of the state’s defense. The history of the fort does not end there, though. During the American Revolution, the fort was used to imprison soldiers or prisoners of war. During the 1930’s, it was used by Civilian Conservation Corps. Nowadays, you can partake in an old market fair or see reenactments of old battles that occurred here.
Huntley Meadows Park
If you are a lover of birds, this park is also a must-visit. It is an oasis for more than two hundred species of birds and several critters. Take the elevated boardwalk through the midst of the park to get a glimpse of birds and soak in the picturesque scenery.
The park was nearly turned into a landing strip. However, those plans were called off, and the property was sold to Fairfax County Park Authority back in 1975. Thankfully, the urban marshland in Alexandria was not turned into an area to function as an airstrip.
While exploring the dense woods of the national park, you would never even guess you are only a few minutes away from the Capital Beltway. The park and the campground stays open all the year round for glamping or to rough it. To make your hike or jog fun-filled, head to the park’s northern side.
Take the trial named Azalea to meet up with Fit Trial’s section, which comprises stations to do push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and so forth. Amid the overhead trees and gorgeous mountain laurels that bloom around June, the outdoor exercises are sure to beat a trip to a gymnasium.
With thousand acres of land, comprising an equestrian center, a museum, and woodlands, there is something for everyone at this park. Take a walk around the estate with the Greek Revival style architecture, go on a trek through the dense woods, or catch professionals who compete in horse competitions. In case you are a history buff, it is a short drive away from Ball’s Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery, along the river Potomac.
Prince William Forest Park
This park, situated along the I-95 highway just west of the river Potomac in Virginia’s Triangle area, has a rich and fascinating history. The park was originally created to house kids during the early 20th Century period of economic depression but was transformed into a CIA training ground, during the Second World War.
The park is home to Isotria Medeoloides, a very rare orchid found in only a few counties in the state. The precise locations of Small-Whorled Pogonia are kept a secret in order to order to protect the flower plant.
You can take your four-legged pet to the park; what better way to cap off your private tours Washington DC.