Marumsco Acre Lake Park in Woodbridge, VA!

Marumsco Acre Lake Park in Woodbridge, VA!

Marumsco Acre Lake Park in Prince William County includes a lake, basketball court, picnic pavilion and playground area. The lake has a small platform area where you can walk out on and fish from. You can also fish from the shore line. There is a small parking lot that you can park in so you don’t have to park in the neighborhood.

Address: 14398 Melbourne Road, Woodbridge, VA 22191

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The playground has a newer piece of play equipment that would be great for preschool and school-aged children. Both regular and toddler swings are available. No restrooms at this park but charcoal grills and two (2) picnic pavilions are available right next to the water.


This is a very cute park in the Woodbridge area. One of the bonuses is that it’s located right next to the train tracks. Don’t worry there is a fence separating the park from the tracks. The kids can hear and see the train through the trees. The train is more visible when the leaves are off of the trees though….:)

Locust Shade Park in Triangle, VA!

Locust Shade Park in Triangle, VA!

Locust Shade Park in Triangle, VA has many different activities for everyone. The park has many picnic pavilions, 8-acre fishing lake, several tot lots, walking/hiking trails, sand volleyball court, Jean C. Smith amphitheater, batting cages, driving range and mini golf. When we were at the park over a weekend every single pavilion was reserved for a birthday or graduation event. For information on pavilion rental click here.


Address: 4701 Locust Shade Dr. Triangle, VA  22172

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When we were at the park we were mostly interested in the lake and hiking trails but the boys of course wanted to hit up all the tot lots in the park. Almost every area had indoor restrooms right near the playground areas and some picnic pavilion areas. The small lake has rental kayak, canoes and paddle boats. Fishing is allowed and tons of people were there fishing for dinner. The hiking trails are mostly natural but there a few groomed fitness trails. Click here for a trail map. The Jean C. Smith Amphitheatre has a great summer schedule for performances for children. For more information go to the website for dates and times.




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This is a great park and has lots of activities for everyone. If you live in Prince William County you should check out Locust Shade Park for some great family fun!


Silver Lake Regional Park in Haymarket, VA!

Silver Lake Regional Park in Haymarket, VA!

Over the weekend the boys and I visited Silver Lake Regional Park in Haymarket, VA. Silver Lake is 230-acres of natural space that was given to Prince William County in 2006 by the builder Toll Brothers. The park was opened in 2009 and is a very natural park with bank and non-motorized boat fishing, picnic tables by the lake, many hiking and equestrian trails. The park is a “trash free” park meaning you must take trash home with you and no trash receptacles are in the park. The master plan shows the park will be getting a playground in the future but many people in Prince William County are 0pposed and would like park to remain more passive.

Address: 16198 Silver Lake Road, Haymarket, VA

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Picnic tables are available right at the waters edge and other shady areas in the park. We had a nice picnic lunch at the waters edge then we headed out onto the hiking trails. Indoor Restrooms are available during the summer months and a porta potty sits outside them during the off months. The hiking trails are both gravel and dirt trails. Click Here for the Trail Map.





The pictures don’t do the park justice. The boys had a great time at the park and we’ll definitely be going there again with friends to hike and geocache!

Lake Ridge Park & Marina in Woodbridge, VA!

Lake Ridge Park & Marina in Woodbridge, VA!

Today I was in the Woodbridge area scoping out some neighborhoods for a client and on the way we stopped at several parks. Our first stop was Lake Ridge Park & Marina. The park overlooks Occoquan Reservoir and has a 9-hole golf course, mini golf course, playground, marina and hiking trails.

Address: 12350 Cotton Mill Drive, Woodbridge, VA

We loved this park. The boys had a great time sitting down by the dock watching the fish and geese then hiking on the wooded trails. After lunch we walked over to the playground along a dirt trail. You can also just park by the playground which is down from the Par 3 golf course and right next door to the mini golf course. The mini golf course was not open due to maintenance. The playground didn’t have much shade over the equipment but there is shade for the kids to get out of the heat. Restrooms are located down by the marina. At the Marina you can rent paddle boats, canoes and fishing boats for a fee. Along with the rentals there is a snack bar. There is a lauch ramp for personal boats and you just pay your lauch fee down at the Marina. No swimming is allowed in the Reservoir but you can catch and release fish.

 We loved this natural park. The Lake Ridge area of Woodbridge is a great place to live especially with the great natural parks in the area.

Signal Hill Park in the City of Manassas Park, VA!

Signal Hill Park in the City of Manassas Park, VA!

A few days ago we checked out Signal Hill Park in the City of Manassas Park located in Prince William County. This 110-acre park includes a water park, playground, multipurpose field, basketball courts, softball field, picnic pavilion, picnic area and grills, walking paths and a fishing pond. The Signal Bay Water Park includes a zero entry pool and lazy river.

Address: 9300 Signal View Dr, Manassas Park, VA ‎

The playground doesn’t have any shade but on a nice day the equipment is decent and there is a swing set. There is two shaded picnic tables near the playground with restrooms. If the kids get tired of the playground you can walk along the trails to the pond to check out the ducks and geese.  If you’re into geo-caching this park has plenty for you to track down.
This park has a lot to offer for sport enthusiasts and the kids!