The Charlestown Tot Lot is part of the Reston Association in the Hunter Woods/Dogwood District. The tot lot moniker that it was given is a tad misleading. All that stands at the tot lot is a pair of swings and a bench with trash receptacle. But the best part is the pathways that are around this area.
Address: Pegasus Lane, Reston, VA (Very close to the cul-de-sac on the right side you’ll see stairs to a hiking trail.
Even though the boys didn’t want to swing we still had a great time walking the paths. Once you take this small hiking trail to the tot lot you reach the paved pathway. From here you can head out in either direction. We headed off toward the left of the park to go across the bridge. You have plenty of options when it comes to either staying on the paved pathway or heading out on a hiking trail. A complete list of the paved trail system is available through the Reston Association.
The kids and I had really great time walking the trails and bumped into a turtle along the way. If you live in this part of Reston the homes that back these trails are pretty neat. It’s very quiet out on the trails and you can easily get lost just walking from trail to trail. Luckily there are markers every so often so if you pay attention you can easily find your way back. If you’re into geocaching there are plenty of caches to be found along these trails.
Categories: Fairfax County, Parks With Swings, Reston, Reston Association, Walking/Hiking Trails
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Bordeaux Recreation Area is part of the Hunter Woods District in the Reston Association. The Reston Association is made up from four (4) different districts each with different parks and recreation areas. This park has a basketball court, baseball field, volleyball court, large area for soccer, and play area.
Address: Glade Drive & Freetown Court in Reston, VA
The play area includes one large piece of school-aged play equipment. There are no restrooms at the park but there is plenty of shade over the equipment.
Bordeaux is mostly a sports park but if you live nearby it’s quick park to stop at to the kids run around and burn off some energy!
Brittany Park is located in the Brittany home community of Dumfries, VA off of Route 234. The park includes tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball court and playground area. There is also access to a Prince William Forest Park hiking trail just on the other side of the parking lot.
Address: 4178 Exeter Dr, Dumfries, VA 22025
The playground area has a nice piece of large play equipment that has some fun features like a cargo net for the kids to climb. There is also another smaller piece of play equipment for the smaller crowd. There aren’t any restrooms and shade is limited but the kids still had a great time. There is access to hiking trails across from the playground area at the tree line. This hiking trail is part of the Prince William Forest National Park. It’s definitely a hiking trail so no strollers or wagons are going to be able to make it.
Brittany Park is a nice little park the Brittany Housing Development of Dumfries. It’s location near Route 234 makes it easy to find and the proximity to Prince William Forest Park hiking trails make it an even nicer park. If you live in Eastern Prince William County you should check out Brittany Park!
Luria Park in Falls Church, VA can be reached through the Holmes Run Acres Neighborhood. The Luria Park is named after the Luria Brothers that developed the Holmes Run Acres development in 50′s. The park has three entrances, one off of Holmes Run Drive, Fallowfield Drive and the other is off of Hartwell Court.
Address: 7624 Holmes Run Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042
The 5-acre park has two large pieces of play equipment and both types of swings. Most of the park is a large grassy area but there is a full basketball court. There are no restrooms but a small amount of shade over the play equipment during certain times of the day.
In you live in the West Falls Church/Annandale area you should check out Luria Park!
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Last week during our park hopping adventure in Prince William County we headed to Anne Moncure Wall Community Park in Montclair, VA. This park is mostly a sports park but has an awesome playground area in between the baseball fields, tennis courts and basketball court.
Address: 4450 Waterway Drive, Montclair, VA 22025
The playground area in the park has two pieces of play equipment. One piece is more for the school-aged crowd and the other is for the smaller crowd. There is also both types of swings. There is a small amount of shade over the equipment but plenty of shade around the playground area including benches and picnic pavilions. Restrooms are located in the shape of porta potty across the parking lot. There are also indoor restrooms right behind the baseball diamond but they are only open when the baseball fields are in use.
If you live in the Montclair neighborhood and you’re looking for a fun playground check out Anne Moncure Wall Park!
Olney Park in Falls Church, VA is an 18-acre park with tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball court, reservable picnic pavilion, playground and a few small hiking trails. This was another park my hubby and the boys reviewed a couple weeks ago. My hubby wrote extensive notes about the park including that the boys really liked the park.
Address: 1840 Olney Road, Falls Church, VA 22043
The playground area includes one large piece of play equipment in good shape and both types of swings. There isn’t much shade around the play area but indoor restrooms are available at the picnic pavilion. The picnic pavilion is quite large and you can reserve the pavilion for gatherings through the county. There are a few small hiking trails around the edges of the park and a few geocaches for you to find.
Olney Park is mostly a sports park but it does have a nice playground area with restrooms! If you live in the Pimmit Hills area of Falls Church you should check out this park.
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Rippon Landing Neighborhood Park in Woodbridge, VA is a natural park with hiking trails, picnic pavilion, tot lot, sand volleyball court, and horseshoe pits. In addition to the park, the Rippon Lodge Historic Site is located across the street. The Rippon Lodge Historic Site is open for tours and events. Check out the calendar and find out how you can tour and learn about the Historic home situated between the Neabsco Creek and Route 1. The road that the park and home are situated off of is named after the original owner, Richard Blackburn. Blackburn was a landowner in the 1700′s that grew tobacco, wheat and other crops.
Address: 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge VA
To reach the park you need to park at the corner of Blackburn & Rippon Blvd in the gravel parking lot. The porta potty is located in the parking lot a small distance from the picnic pavilion & playground area. From the parking lot just head out onto the paved path. Here you can choose to head either down the gravel hiking trails towards the wetlands or continue onto to the playground area. The playground area has a large piece of newer play equipment & musical instruments that are part of the play set. A picnic pavilion is located right next to the playground area, sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits.
We headed out on the trails but didn’t get as far as we could since it had just rained but the boys got to see the marshland and some wildlife. We saw a few snakes and lots of waterfowl. There are a few geocaches that you can find in the park if you’re into geocaching. If you live in the Woodbridge/Dumfries area of Prince William County you should check out Rippon Landing Neighborhood Park!
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My family and I love to hike and this National Park has 37-miles of wooded trails to explore! We have never camped at the park since my in-laws live close by but there are plenty of campsites for all the different types of camping, tent and RV. Indoor Restrooms are available near campsites and certain picnic shelters. If roughing it is not your thing cabins are available to rent as well.
Address: 18100 Park Headquarters Rd, Triangle, VA 22172
If hiking and camping aren’t your interest you can take the 12-mile Scenic Drive around the park to see the beautiful foliage and wildlife. If you’re into bike riding there is 21-miles of bike path with 3-miles of paved bike path for beginners and the younger crowd. For the history buffs you can visit the Visitor Center to learn more about the parks wildlife, conservation efforts and history behind why the park was conserved as natural space. Picnic Shelters are also available for rental through the park service. The picnic shelter near the Visitor Center has indoor restrooms nearby and a large playground area for the kiddos. The play equipment has a great wildlife theme and different pieces of climbing equipment you don’t normally see at most parks.
As always beware of TICKS on the hiking trails as this is 15,000 acres of natural space with tons of wildlife. If you’re into geocaching this park is filled with caches just remember to mind the natural foliage around the caches. Just like any other National Park there is an admission fee per car. For more on the admission, camping and rental fees click here.
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Roundtree Park is a 73-acre park located in Falls Church, VA. It has many different athletic fields and courts along with hiking trails and playground. There are tennis courts, basketball courts, multi-use field, baseball and softball fields. This park also had several different geo-caches that can be found.
Address: 3411 Casilear Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
The playground area had some shade over the play area. Indoor restrooms are available by the tennis courts and picnic pavilion. There were no swings at this park but there are hiking trails. The hubby and the kids didn’t hike around since it was a little mushy from the rain. We’ll just have to head back to check out the trails next time we’re in West Falls Church.
This was one of the parks my hubby reviewed for me and he felt the park was a nice play to take the family. It was also very popular as the play area and tennis courts were packed. Picnic Pavilions are available for rental through Fairfax County with restrooms attached to the larger pavilion. If you live in the West Falls Church area check out Roundtree Park!
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The other weekend we were in the City of Manassas Park so we decided to stop by a park for the boys to check out. Costello Park has 2 softball fields, 5 baseball fields, a miracle field, dog park, picnic pavilions, and small tot lot. A miracle field is a field where special needs individuals can play baseball. The Manassas Park Community Center is also available to the residents of Manassas Park and located in Costello Park.
Address: 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park, VA
The playground area of the park is located across from the Manassas Park Community Center along side a large picnic pavilion. The play area has some shade and restrooms are located inside the Community Center. There is one small piece of play equipment and both types of swings.
This park is nice area to take the kiddos if you live in Manassas Park. The Manassas Park Community Center has an indoor pool, meeting areas, classes, indoor basketball courts, and fitness center. Also in an emergency situation the Community Center acts as an emergency facility for Manassas Park residents with generator back up in case of power outages.
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