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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are located in Fairfax County or are just looking for a fun, free day out, check out this park!
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.
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.
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.
A BIG Thank you to our Guest Reviewer, Allie Higgins, for reviewing Draper Drive Park in the City of Fairfax!
Allie Higgins is a mom of two young energetic boys who love to run and play. Together, they enjoy hiking, biking, swimming and going to the many parks in the area. Allie has been in the DC/NOVA area for over 10 years; she is writer/researcher and a graduate of Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University.
Draper Drive Park in the City of Fairfax was, until recently, only soccer fields and walking trails; however, the city has now added a playground that is a fun addition to the park.
The playground area is set up on part mulch and part rubber surfaces and includes swings and the main play structures even have shade canopies for the equipment. If your children like to get dizzy, there are several spinning pieces and if they prefer to climb, there are climbing walls as well. Slides and monkey bars make this playground complete. There are numerous park benches and two porta-potties adjacent to the playground.
The soccer field is synthetic turf with goals and bleachers along the fields. Additionally, there is a paved run/walk/bike trail that encircles the park. I especially liked that you can see the entire trail from the playground. While my younger son was swinging, I could still watch my older son ride his bike around the loop. Similarly, if you are at the park to watch a soccer match, you can see the all of the fields from the playground, so that makes it fun for all! This is a great park to check out if you are in the Fairfax area.
(At the intersection of Ranger Road and Shiloh Street)
Shiloh Street Park is a smaller neighborhood park that is fenced in, has a bench with trash, a metal jungle gym and a riding Bald Eagle. This park was nicely shaded as we went on quite a hot day. There is also a neighborhood trail that is accessible at the park.
If you are in the neighborhood, stop by this park and check out Cambridge Station park in the neighborhood as well.
Villa Lee Park is located in Fairfax, VA. You can access this park off of Hunter Road and take a path, over the bridge to the park or by turning into the Villa Lee townhouse development off of Espana Court and it is right in the cul-da-sac.
As mentioned before, Villa Lee park is located off of Hunter Road. There is only street parking, the road is a little narrow, but you can access the park by taking the walking path through the woods, over the bridge to Villa Street Park. We ended up parking in the cul-da-sac off of Empana Court in the Villa Lee townhouse development. The park is located right there. The park has a small playground with climbing equipment, slide a see-saw, as well as a swing and an infant swing. There is also a little picnic area where you can enjoy the nicely shaded park.
If you live in the Villa Lee development or are near by, this is a small, yet nicely shaded park to visit in the forest.
Recently we traveled to Borge Street Park located in Oakton, VA! This was a nice park that was semi fenced in and included a few sets of playground equipment, swings, basketball court and a walking trail.
Located at the intersection of 123 and Jermantown Road, this park has a small parking lot and street parking. This park is semi gated in. Although there is no shade in the playground area of the park, there is plenty of shade in the picnic area, as well as a large open area for the kids to run around and play.
There is a bigger set of playground equipment that includes two slides and climbing equipment. There is also a separate structure of monkey bars. The younger ones can enjoy play time at this park as well, as there is a smaller set of equipment, that includes a steering wheel and a small slide.
If you live in Oakton, this is a nicely sized park with lots to do! Check it out!
Last week we ventured out to Fairfax County and came across this great park in the City of Fairfax. Stafford Drive Park has over 24 acres, which includes a multi purpose turf field, large playground, rest rooms and a nice walking trail.
From the parking lot, you can take part of the walking trail to the playground. The turf field was busy with school aged children practicing soccer.
This playground has so much to do and is great for all ages! There is a large set of playground equipment with three large slides, a small playground for the little ones and another set of equipment that is great for little ones to run around and climb the monkey bars. The entertainment doesn’t stop there; there is also a climbing wall, a red car, a ball maze, musical instrument section and a whole row of both infant and regular swings.
Upon entering the park there is a large parking lot with ample parking. Included at the park are restrooms, multi-purpose turf field, walking trails and a very large playground with swings. The restrooms are located at the entrance of the park.
We did head out to this park right after school let out, so it was starting to get pretty busy by the time made it to the playground area. However, if you live in the City of Fairfax or in Fairfax County, check this park out!
This playground is located in the City of Fairfax and is a great neighborhood park. There are two playgrounds, two swings and two infant swings, hiking trail through the neighborhood and a small stream behind the playground equipment. The playground equipment is far enough from the road that you feel safe with the kiddos to roam around and explore. Although we visited this park in the Fall, it is a very shaded park, which would be nice during those hot summer months. Since it is Fall, we utilized all the fallen leaves and piled them up at the bottom of the slide. The kids had a ball!
The playground equipment has two slides on one and one slide on the other. It’s your typical set of equipment; climbing area, slides, tunnels, tic-tac-toe and steering wheel. Included in this park is also a picnic table, trash can and a bench. The walking trail was nice too, especially since it’s Fall. We went on a scavenger hunt and found items that are Fall colors and put them in our little brown bag!
Although there are not any restrooms, this is a great park to visit and the kids really did have a great time. If you are near the City of Fairfax, check this park out!