Ashlawn Park in Oakton, VA!

Ashlawn Park in Oakton, VA!

Snow is fun with the kids and always beautiful to look at but I’m more of a warm weather person. So here is a new park review for Ashlawn Park in Oakton, VA to remind you of warmer days. Ashlawn Park on the Fairfax County Parks and Rec website states that it has a basketball court, tennis courts, hiking trails and tot lot. The park has yet to be completed but I have attached the Master Plan the county has on file. Right now the park only has walking/hiking/equestrian/biking trails and a large open space area with lots of grass. There are three different ways to access the park.

Address: 10230 Dunfries Rd., Oakton, VA 22181 (Park in a neighborhood cul de sac and walk down a pipe stem to reach the entrance)

Hickory Hollow Lane, Oakton, VA 22181 (Park in the cul de sac and walk down a gravel road to the walking path to enter the park)

Nadine Drive, Oakton, VA 22181 (Park at the end of road, here you’ll find the paved trail into the park)

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Even though the park didn’t have play equipment the boys had a great time hitting the trails. A creek runs through the area and by the looks of the surrounding area parts of the park flood pretty easily. While we were going through the trails the boys were excited to see a doe and fawn trotting through the forest. The park offers plenty of shade even during the winter months. Sadly no restrooms at his park but we had a great time hiking the trails and tossing rocks into the creek.

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Even if the county never gets around to adding the tot lot and different sports courts this is still a nice natural park. If you live in the Oak Knob, Hidden Estates, and Ashlawn neighborhoods this is great natural park typical to the Oakton/Vienna Area.

The Turner Farm in Great Falls, VA!

The Turner Farm in Great Falls, VA!

The Turner Farm is located in Great Falls, VA in Fairfax County. The 52-acre park was formerly a dairy farm and the land was saved from development in 1994. The park is very unique with the old Dairy Barn on the property and an Observatory that is run by The Analemma Society. This non-profit organization has an agreement with the Park Authority to offer recreational astronomy programs. During clear Friday nights the Observatory Park is open during the evening to view the stars, check this website for hours and details. The other activity at the park that most people use Turner Farm for is the equestrian facilities. The park offers 40-acres of open fields for riding, a cross country course, a round pen, stadium jumps and dressage markers in the outdoor arena. The nature trails are also used by avid hikers including my family when we’re just looking for a nice walk.

Address: 925 Springvale Rd. Great Falls, VA 22066 

In addition to the equestrian facilities and Observatory, there is a small playground area with a small piece of play equipment. The equipment is located near the trailhead at the back of the parking lot. There is no shade near or over the equipment but there is a brand new gazebo picnic shelter to get out of the sun. There are porta potties in the parking lot for everyone to use.

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What’s nice about the park is that it was saved by people who love being in nature just as much as I do. Further plans for the park are jogging/walking trails and observation areas. The boys and I have yet to check out the Observatory on Friday nights but I’m hoping we get some free time next year to check it out. If you’ve ever wondered about the park and live in the Great Falls area you should check out The Turner Farm.

NOTE:  Just a little friendly advice about the park, if you see horses  in the parking lot please try to drive slow around them and if you can avoid driving by them it would help keep the horses from being spooked and hurting themselves. A lot of times they are tied to trailers getting ready to go riding or just cooling down after a ride.

REV 8/14

South Run District Park in Springfield, VA!

South Run District Park in Springfield, VA!

In August we did quite a few Fairfax and Prince William County Parks. South Run District Park was one of our stops. It was one of the nicer days but the sun was still pretty hot. I was very excited to see awnings over the play equipment to the protect the kids from the sun. One section of the playground looked like it had lost it’s awning in the storm but the kids were still able to escape the heat.

South Run District Park is 192-acres filled with equestrian, biking and hiking trails, lit soccer, football, and baseball fields, lit tennis and basketball courts, RECenter, indoor swimming pools, racquetball courts, off-leash dog park and playground. ***The swimming pools and locker rooms were getting an over haul and were closed when we there at the end of August***

Address: 7550 Reservation Dr., Springfield, VA 22153 

We had a great time at the playground under the shade of the awning. The boys loved all the monkey bars that were right at there level so no need for mommy to have to hold them up and catch them as they fall. Restrooms are located conveniently right next door to the play area in the RECenter so you can take a break in the A/C to use the clean indoor restrooms. The restrooms included a stool for the little guys to help wash their hands.

This was a great park and if you live in the Springfield/ Burke area off of Fairfax County Parkway (286) you should check it out!

Nokesville Community Park in Nokesville, VA!

Nokesville Community Park in Nokesville, VA!

Last week we were able to sneak in one last park before the rain started in Nokesville, VA. The Nokesville Community Park is a very large park in Prince William County. For picnic Pavilion and Equestrian Ring Rentals call 703-792-8320.

Address: 12560 Aden Rd, Nokesville, VA 20181

The park has a lot to offer everyone including the sports community, equestrian community and anybody who enjoys being out in nature. Nokesville Community Park has soccer fields, baseball fields, volleyball courts, two equestrian rings, horseshoe pits, hiking trails, and picnic pavilion. A playground is also tucked away down a small trail from the parking lot. The playground is very conveniently located next to the indoor restrooms. But being that it was February the restrooms were winterized. There was one piece of play equipment which was in good condition along with toddler swings and a tire swing that was missing. The area is heavily wooded with lots of shade even without the trees having leaves. This park is also great for geo-caching and it has many caches throughout the park.

It’s too bad I couldn’t get anymore pictures of the park since it decided to start raining heavily. The kids and I are going to go back and check out the hiking trails throughout park. One note of advice I need to give is that you can’t see the playground from the parking lot so just keep an eye out for the park sign with arrows.

This is a very nice natural park with lots to offer everyone!

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