Seneca Regional Park in Great Falls, VA

Seneca Regional Park in Great Falls, VA

Seneca Regional Park is one of my favorite hiking spots in Fairfax County. You will find folks riding horses, mountain biking or hiking through the park. There are multiple signs throughout the park teaching patrons about the history of the park. The remaining portion of George Washington’s Potowmack Canal is also part of the parks history and can be found on the signs in the park.

Address: 101 Seneca Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066

Seneca Regional Park is part of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. They have a great map of the trials including the Potomac Heritage Trail that runs along the Potomac River. The terrain ranges from small to medium hills with gravel and dirt trails. Parts of the trail along the Potomac can get muddy if it’s been raining. The Potomac Heritage Trail can be used to head to Algonkian Regional Park and Riverbend Park. On the day of the photos we had a few days of rain so the Potomac River inlets were pretty high. There are some great places along the river for the kids to see the river safely. Strollers would be a no go for this park but a backpack for the kids would be perfect. No restrooms at this park though.

Get out and enjoy a beautiful park just outside your doorstep!

Poplar Tree Park in Chantilly, VA

Poplar Tree Park in Chantilly, VA

Last week we checked out Poplar Tree Park in Chantilly, VA. This Fairfax County Park is located off Stringfellow Road between Route 50 and Route 29. The park is located amongst older single family homes and newer planned communites including townhomes, condos, and single family homes.

Address: 4619-4699 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151

Poplar Tree Park is more of a sports park complex but it does have a set of equipment for the kids to play on. The park has 4 softball/baseball fields, two turf soccer/football fields, grass soccer field and walking/hiking trails. The park does have clean restrooms and not porta potties. The playground equipment is newer. But there was plenty of shade for the equipment during the morning hours.

I probably won’t return to the park but for a local community park this one has a lot to offer local sports clubs. The fields are in great shape with lots of bleachers for spectators.

Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Mclean, VA

Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Mclean, VA

Over the summer we went hiking in one of my favorite spots in Mclean, Difficult Run Stream Valley Park. Along Georgetown Pike not far from Great Falls National Park you’ll find a small parking lot. This parking lot is used for the Difficult Run Stream Valley Park. The Difficult Run Trail is part of the Cross County Trail and the last section that leads across Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.

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8801 Georgetown Pike, Mclean, VA 22102

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The trail heads along Difficult Run and has plenty of smaller trails that you walk along. The main Difficult Run Trail runs along the water way and is a large trail that would be rough with a jogging stroller so a backpack or little legs are the best way to get along. The views depending on the water level are very pretty. The day we went the water level was low and you could see lots of rocks.

Difficult Run

Difficult Run

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 The day we went we walked along the Difficult Run Trail which leads you under Georgetown Pike and into the Great Falls Park if you take the right trails. We headed along the Ridge Trail to the Old Carriage Trail. The best part of all this hiking is the signage and maps along the way. On the Ridge Trail you can find Equestrian turn outs where you can pen up your horses for a break. While we were hiking we passed several park rangers on bike and foot. If you are a geocacher there were plenty of caches to find along the way.

Difficult Run

Difficult Run

 This hiking spot is great for a casual stroll and or a rigorous workout. There were plenty of folks running and biking through the trails. Check it out when the weather is nice!

Corn Maze in the Plains, VA!

Corn Maze in the Plains, VA!

Yesterday was a perfect Fall day and we had so much fun visiting the Corn Maze in the Plains! Voted as the TOP corn maze attraction in the DC area; but that’s not all that can be enjoyed at this fun FALL attraction.  It’s great for all ages!

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Address: 4501 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198

Located just 6 miles outside of Haymarket, VA, the Corn Maze in the Plains was a nice, smaller Fall activity that we stopped by at this weekend.  This is a great park for all ages, whether you have kids or no kids- entertainment for all! Their biggest attraction is hands down their Corn Maze, which is themed yearly.  This year the theme of the maze is “Maze Attack”. which means the maze is in the shape of a shark.  Our boys thought this was really cool, but were equally impressed by all the other activities.

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In addition to the popular Corn Maze, there is also an Obstacle Course, little kids hay maze, tunnel slides, barrels for the kids to roll around in, pumpkin sling shot, a spider web for the kids to climb on a rope maze, hay ride and much more!

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In addition to all the day time features, they also have an evening night maze, click here for times and dates.  This truly is a great place because, although there is so much to do, you can always see where the kiddos are playing and exploring.  There are picnic tables spread out throughout the whole area.  I highly recommend putting this on your Fall schedule to visit!

Cavalry Run Park in Manassas, VA!

Cavalry Run Park in Manassas, VA!

We were in Manassas a few weeks ago and traveled to a few different parks, one being Cavalry Run Park.  This is a nice, shaded park by the Hayden Community.

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Address: 9201 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110 

There is a small parking lot when you turn off of Ashton Avenue and then you immediately get to the tot lot that is covered by bark chips. The tot lot includes two slides, climbing equipment, two regular swings and two infant swings.  There is a soccer field and a tennis court as well.  Throughout the park there are picnic tables, trash receptacles, and a grilling area.  There is a large, open space that is good for ‘free play’ also.

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If you are located in the City of Manassas or are near the Hayden Community, check this park out!

Walter Delisle Park in Manassas, VA!

Walter Delisle Park in Manassas, VA!

Recently we stopped by and visited Walter Delisle Park in Manassas.  This is a great little park on the back roads of Manassas and has great shade on those extra hot days.

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Address: 9027 West Street, Manassas, VA 

This was a nice, quiet park to go and watch my 4 and 2 year old play and be content with one another.  Since it is a very small park including only one tiny tot lot, it was a nice park to sit down just and watch the boys play and use their imagination.  Sometimes when we venture to larger parks, it’s hard for them to play together because of their difference interests, so this was a nice change of pace. There is also a pretty large size yard for the kiddos to run around at.  We played freeze tag for a while and they enjoyed a nice little break at their picnic table to eat a snack.  This park is geared towards the younger crowd, I would say 4 and under.

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If you are in Manassas and looking to visit a smaller park to tire the kiddos out, check this park out!

Winterset Park located in Manassas, VA!

Winterset Park located in Manassas, VA!

Last week we visited Winterset Park located in the City of Manassas. This was a great park for all ages.  There were a few different sets of playground equipment, as well as two sets of basketball courts.

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Address: 8252 Winterset Dr, Manassas, VA  20110

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The playground has three different equipment structures, which include two different slides and lots of different climbing equipment.  My toddler loved the climbing wall and wanted to do it over and over again.  There is a unique piece that I haven’t yet seen at a playground; the half circle with two tires underneath is a new modern-like see-saw.  Behind that was a fun little zipline.  Once we got the hang of it we had lots of fun on that too! There are four regular swings and two infant swings as well.  The ground of the park is mulch and there are picnic benches around the outside of the parameter for the parents to sit and watch their kiddos play.

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Looking to have a picnic?  This park is for you, as there are plenty of picnic tables with a grill centrally located.  Don’t forget your basketball or sidewalk chalk as their are two different basketball courts to play at.  If you are in the City of Manassas, make sure you stop to visit this park!

 

John Byers Park in Alexandria, VA!

John Byers Park in Alexandria, VA!

Williamsburg Manor Park recently renamed John Byers Park in Alexandria is a small natural park with Little Hunting Creek running through it. The playground equipment and basketball court are located towards Collingwood Road. The 25 acre park has a few hiking trails near the creek.

2213 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria, VA 22308

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The playground is located just off the Collingwood Rd. There is no parking lot and I was forced to park along the shoulder to get to the playground. The equipment is in decent shape but the unlit basketball court is sad shape and is need of a new net and paving. A hiking trail entrance is located along the tree line. We saw several people walking their dogs down the trail.

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A small park but a nice spot to stop and have the kids blow off some steam. There is plenty of grass in between the road and the play equipment if you have a runner….:)

Rutherford Park in Fairfax, VA!

Rutherford Park in Fairfax, VA!

Rutherford Park located in Fairfax has so much to offer and is fun for all ages.  In addition to the large piece of playground equipment, there are also plenty of athletic fields including tennis and basketball courts.  There is a nice picnic and grilling area and nice walking trail, which is part of the Long Branch Stream Valley Trail.

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Address: Rutherford Park, Fairfax, VA 

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Rutherford Park

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Rutherford Park 38.825390, -77.264773 Rutherford Park, Fairfax, VA 22032, United States (Directions)
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When you first enter the park there is a port-a-potty.  The playground, itself, is a large piece of equipment, including three slides, a climbing wall and monkey bars.  Rutherford Park has a tire swing, including two infant swings and two regular swings, as well as a few riding animals.  Woodchips are underneath all the equipment.  There are plenty of athletic fields, including basketball and tennis courts and there is a nice picnic and grilling area.

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collage2If you are located in Fairfax County or are just looking for a fun, free day out, check out this park!

Ranger Road Park in Fairfax, VA!

Ranger Road Park in Fairfax, VA!

Ranger Road Park is a nice park located right off of Ranger Road in the City of Fairfax.  This park is located on over 10 acres and offers a basketball court, picnic area, two grills as well as playground equipment.

Address: 9701 Ranger Road, Fairfax, VA

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This park offers two different pieces of playground equipment, which includes slides and climbing areas.  Additionally, there are two sets of swings for both infant and regular.  The playground itself slopes down a small hill from the road and parking is alongside Ranger Road.  There are Cardiovascular Fitness exercises along a small trail that allows you to get a little workout in, while your little one is playing.  Two grills and a picnic area are also located at this park.  One downside:  There are not any restrooms located within the park.

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My boys enjoyed the trail and crossing the bridge just as much as the playground aspect of the park.  If you are located in the City of Fairfax of near Ranger Road, check out this park.