Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, VA!

Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, VA!

Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park is a great spot to hike with the family. There is plenty of history throughout the park and tons of signs that can be read for information. Strollers would not make it in this area but a backpack for the little ones would work well. Every Saturday and Sunday from April 4 through November 29 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. a guided tour around the battlefield. The program is free and no advance registration is required. The tour focuses on the tragic Battle of Ball’s Bluff in 1861.

Here is a trail map of the park……CLICK HERE The Potomac Heritage Trail passes right through the park and continues in both directions along the Potomac River.

Address: Ball’s Bluff Road, Leesburg, VA 20176

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The 170-acre park has no restrooms inside the park but during the tour season of April to November there are Porta Potties in the parking lot. The park is a trash in and trash out park with no trash receptacles. Also be careful as you are driving in and out as the road is narrow heading to and from the parking lot.

My family and I really enjoy hiking in this park. The boys like to head down the trail to the river and I like that there are several different trails to take that aren’t too difficult for the younger ones. The boys really enjoy reading all the informational and trail head signs.

Balls Bluff

Balls Bluff

Balls Bluff

Balls Bluff

Balls Bluff

Balls Bluff

Balls Bluff

Balls Bluff

Ball’s Bluff is a hidden gem in Leesburg. If you’re looking for small trails to start the little ones on, this is a good place start. If you’re also looking for some local history this is a great place to hike.

Potomac Crossing Park in Leesburg, VA!

Potomac Crossing Park in Leesburg, VA!

Potomac Crossing Park is the latest edition to Loudoun County. The park includes playground, picnic pavilion, and plenty of hiking trails. Located in the Potomac Crossing neighborhood it offers a nice sidewalks to walk to the park and a large parking lot for visitors.

Address: End of Shanks Evan Rd NE, Leesburg, VA

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The playground offers a nice array of different equipment for the kids to play on. A school-aged and pre-school aged equipment with are set up inside the mulch based play area. Also there is a neat slide that is set up at the top of small grassy hill that slides the kids back into the playground area. A modern day merry-go-round has the option of sitting and standing and was a hit with my kiddos. There is a large picnic pavilion available for rental and a porta potty near the parking lot.

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The best part of the park in my opinion is the access to the hiking trials. You can get on any of the trails and hit the Potomac Heritage Trail that travels up and down the Potomac River and also you can hike over to Balls Bluff Regional Park. Signage is available to point you in the right direction. The trails are all natural trails and not stroller friendly. If you have new little hikers a backpack carrier would be perfect. Most of the trail to a point is flat and would be fun for the walkers. As you get deeper into the park beware that as you get closer to the Potomac there is a straight drop off. Currently right now the trail along the bluff is covered in leaves and slick. We chose to skip this trail only because I didn’t have a second set of hands to make sure everyone stayed safe. This is only the trail closest to the river and there are plenty of other trails for the kids to enjoy.

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We did end up hiking over to Balls Bluff Regional Park since it was such a nice day and the trees were gorgeous. If you haven’t ventured to the new Potomac Crossing Park I would highly recommend coming and checking it out!

Leesburg Animal Park in Leesburg, VA!

Leesburg Animal Park in Leesburg, VA!

This weekend I took my family to the Leesburg Animal Park  and they LOVED it! It is a family friendly petting zoo that opened in 2000 and is a family-owned and operated business.  This park has all the features!  Just a week ago they opened the doors to their BRAND NEW indoor facility. Between their indoor facility, the petting zoo, feeding area, wagon and pony rides and all the play equipment, you better plan to spend all day to enjoy all their features.

19270 James Monroe HighwayLeesburg, VA 20175

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Indoor Facility:

Leesburg Animal Park’s newest addition is their Indoor Facility.  Honestly I think you could spend several hours alone in this building.  There’s a large play area, timed animal shows, room for additional play and crafts, a separate room for birthday parties and a cafe that will be opening later on this year!

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The play area includes a huge playground with lots of climbing and a fun slide.  In addition to the area, there are ride on animals, such as a zebra and horse, push toys, and a little nook area to relax and read books.  As you enter the play area, there is an area to take off your shoes and park your stroller.  Throughout the parameter of this room are benches all around so the parents can relax and watch their children play and explore.

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At the Discovery Room is where they have crafts, classes and much more! When we were there this weekend the kids made tie-dyed book marks.  There is a really nice area where you can read stories or participate in activities that are held by the park itself.

During our visit there were two birthday parties going on as well that include everything to do at the park for each child.  There is also a theater room where they have animal shows at different times and days, so be sure to check the schedule when you get there or online before you arrive.

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The park itself has lots and lots of activities.  There is a wagon ride that is included with each admission.  These is a perfect opportunity to take the kids on a little ride to see the zebras and learn more about the llamas and have them eat feed right out of your hands! At the end of the ride, they give you feed to walk down to the pond and feed all the fish.  It was really muddy when we went due to all the snow melting, but in the past we have done this and the kids love seeing all the fish come up for the food.  There is a section of the park blocked off where you can feed goats, llamas, sheep, camels and more.  At a small additional cost you can take a pony ride and take pictures as they go on a ride.  This was one of our favorite things to do!

There is a huge area of play equipment for the kids to explore and play on.  There’s a big wooden boat, train, playground and they even had a moon bounce set up.  The boat had a pole you slide down, and play area in the bottom, big slide and more.  The train was a big hit too.  The playground itself was a nice, sturdy wooden structure that had slides, climbing equipment and a tunnel.

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For a small price, this is a must visit park, even if it’s a short drive away! We are actually going to purchase the multi-day passes because we had so much fun and there will be even more to do as the weather gets nicer.

Foxridge Park in Leesburg, VA!

Foxridge Park in Leesburg, VA!

Foxridge Park in Leesburg, VA is a nice park located off of Catoctin Circle SW in the Town of Leesburg. The park has a great picnic shelter, playground, baseball field, and walking paths with access to W & OD Trail.

Address: 525 Catoctin Circle Southwest, Leesburg, Virginia

The playground was nice including two pieces of play equipment and swings. Nice indoor restrooms are located by the baseball field not far from the playground. The picnic pavilion is under great shade and the perfect place for a picnic lunch. The walking trails are nice and wind throughout the park and neighborhood.

This is very cute park located in the Town of Leesburg!

Rotary Park in Leesburg, VA!

Rotary Park in Leesburg, VA!

Rotary Park is in the heart of Old Town Leesburg on the corner of North Street NE and Church Street NE. This 1-acre Loudoun County park is in walking distance of the Courthouse and Government Center.

Address: 22 North St., NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

This park might be small but it’s great for the littler crowd. Rotary Park has a small piece equipment, regular swings and a basketball court. There are no restrooms but plenty of benches and picnic tables to take a break in the shade. There is no shade over the equipment but there is plenty of shade in between the basketball court and play equipment.  You’ll have to park on the street or in the parking lot across the street.

This is a cute neighborhood park and if you live in the area you should check it out!

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park in Leesburg, VA!

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park in Leesburg, VA!
This weekend the family and I checked out Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park in Leesburg, VA. This 67-acre Loudoun County park has three different hiking trails, red, orange and white trails that lead to the Potomac River. The ruins that surround the parking lot were built by Charles Paxton in 1869 when he purchased 200 acres in Loudoun County. The farmhouse and ice house are the only structures still standing with the farmhouse being private property.
We took the orange trail then we met up with the white trail which led us to the Potomac River. I recommend taking the white trail if you have little ones. The white trail is wider and a little easier hike. The white trail is located at the back of the parking lot and clearly marked with white rectangles can be seen on the trees along the path. The only area that you wouldn’t be able to take the a stroller or wagon on the white is when you get to the Potomac. You have to scale some steep trail and some steps. Once you get down by the water the kids have plenty of area to walk around. The water table was pretty low when we were there so it might not be such a large area in the wetter months. There are no restrooms at the park and it’s a take your trash with you site.
If you’re into geocaching there are many caches hidden in the park. Like this one that the kids and I found on our walk.
This is great park to walk around as the trails aren’t that long for the kiddos. There are several picnic benches near the parking lot and trail heads if you want to pack a lunch or snack. It’s too bad that there are no restrooms or we would of have stayed longer. The park is off of Edwards Ferry Road and if you’re coming from the West it’s hard to see the park entrance. But if you’re coming from the East you can see the park sign clearly.

Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, VA!

Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, VA!

Yesterday we checked out Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, VA for the first time. This Western Loudoun County park is very nice. It includes a community garden share, water park, tennis courts, basketball courts, walking trails, library, recreation center and two playgrounds. Since we were coming from Potomac Falls we had a nice drive through the historic section of Leesburg to arrive at the park.

Address: 60 Ida Lee Drive, NW, Leesburg, VA 20176

When we went it was in the afternoon hours and the playground was in complete shade. There was plenty of benches and picnic tables to sit and watch the kids play.  Also a small shaded pavillion was available for groups or parties. A porta potty was available next to the park but the library is very close if you want a clean indoor restroom. The play equipment was in great shape and the kids had a blast.

We are definitely going to come back and play at this park again! The kids had a great time and the park was nice and clean.

Next Stop….Greenbrier State Park in Boonsboro, MD!

Lansdowne Sports Park in Leesburg, VA!

Today we visited Lansdowne Sports Park in Lansdowne, VA. Lansdowne is located in Western Loudoun County, a planned community near Leesburg, VA north of Route 7. Lansdowne Sports Park is located in the community of Lansdowne on the Potomac. This community gives you country club style with estate homes, single family homes, luxury townhomes and luxury condos. Lansdowne is one of the more wealthy communities in Loudoun County. Lansdowne Sports Park is found near the middle of the community on Kipheart Drive.

The park includes two soccer fields, one softball field, basketball court, tot lot and two picnic pavilions. The tot lot is fenced and gated. It does not have any shade but the equipment is in great shape. Public restrooms are available but a walk from the tot lot.

Great community park with lots to offer its residents!

Next stop western Loudoun County….Nell Boone Park in Purcellville!

Temple Hall Farm Regional Park in Leesburg, VA!

Temple Hall Farm Regional Park in Leesburg, VA!

In rural Leesburg, VA located in Loudoun County you’ll find Temple Hall Farm Regional Park. Temple Hall is a 286-acre working farm. It’s a great place to the bring the family to see the animals and see all the sites of a working farm. It has plenty of picnic tables to bring a lunch and includes a small playground for the littler children. Every year from September to the beginning of November Temple Hall has the Corn Maize and Fall Festival. You can also check out the Babbling Brook Trail which takes you over a creek and through the woods.

Address: 15789 Temple Hall Lane Leesburg, VA 20176

I was pleasantly surprised to see the new Visitor Center with indoor restrooms. We didn’t make it out to the farm last year to see all the new additions to the farm. The farm does have a small playground which is fenced in with large piece of play equipment and regular swings.
But the main attraction are these cuties!

The larger farm animals aren’t always up at the fence for the kids but they do get to see chickens, goats, pigs and the draft horses in the barn. The park has some great views of the rolling hills and farms in Loudoun County. It’s a great place to take the family.