Cavalry Run Park in Manassas, VA!

Cavalry Run Park in Manassas, VA!

We were in Manassas a few weeks ago and traveled to a few different parks, one being Cavalry Run Park.  This is a nice, shaded park by the Hayden Community.


Address: 9201 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110 

There is a small parking lot when you turn off of Ashton Avenue and then you immediately get to the tot lot that is covered by bark chips. The tot lot includes two slides, climbing equipment, two regular swings and two infant swings.  There is a soccer field and a tennis court as well.  Throughout the park there are picnic tables, trash receptacles, and a grilling area.  There is a large, open space that is good for ‘free play’ also.


If you are located in the City of Manassas or are near the Hayden Community, check this park out!

Chinquapin Aquatic and Recreation Park in Alexandria, VA!

Chinquapin Aquatic and Recreation Park in Alexandria, VA!

Chinquapin Park is nice park in Alexandria!  The park includes a playground, swings, walking trails, a community garden plot, a small dog area, picnic pavilion and a variety of different playing fields.

Address:  3210 King Street, Alexandria, VA 

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**Picnic Pavilion Rental Information**

This park is located across the parking lot from T.C. Williams High School and is especially known for their aquatic center and recreation park.  Outside of the recreation facility is a nice community garden plot center and a shaded dog park.  The community garden plot was fenced in and was well marked.  The shaded dog park is located right below the playground and pavilion area.  While we were there, there were about 12 dogs playing around in the shade.  Although it is narrow, it is a long patch of flat, grassy area for the dogs to play and relax.  Please note the dog park is not fenced in.


The playground equipment includes two slides, monkey bars and a climbing rope.  There are four swings total (two infant and two regular).  As for different playing fields, there is a volleyball court, tennis courts, basketball courts and baseball and soccer fields.   The pavilion is in between the playground and basketball court.  There are also two grills right near the pavilion. Directly behind the pavilion is the part of the park that is for dogs to play and relax.  It is very shaded.  There are walking trails all around the park up to the Aquatic center.


 If you are in the Alexandria area, or are members of the Chinquapin Aquatic center, be sure to take a walk around the building to this park!

Newington Heights Park in Lorton, VA!

Newington Heights Park in Lorton, VA!

We were recently in Lorton and stopped by Newington Heights Park in Lorton.  Operated and managed by the Fairfax County Park Authority, this park is the largest park in Lorton with over 60+ acres.

Address: 8590 Heller RdLortonVA



Lots of trees around, but the playground itself is not shaded.  The play equipment is up a small hill and to the left from the parking lot.  You can follow the small walking trail to the playground or the playing fields.  There is a nice bench right at the playground to watch the kiddos play.  Although this park doesn’t have swings, the playground is equipped with slides, climbing equipment, tunnels and monkey bars.   There is a walking trail around the park that leads you to tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields.


Although my kids are still a little young for the playing fields,  we had fun kicking a ball in the tennis courts, walking the path and of course playing on the playground.  If you are in Lorton, check it out!



Pine Ridge Park in Annandale, VA

Pine Ridge Park in Annandale, VA

Pine Ridge Park is a small Fairfax County park located right off of Woodburn Road.  There is plenty of shade at this park if you are looking to go on a nice nature walk.

If you are interested in renting a Garden Plot here is the link on how you can do this!

3401 Woodburn Rd, Annandale, VA 22003

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This park features  three baseball and  three soccer fields, short walking trail and a garden.  Although this park doesn’t have any playground equipment, we enjoyed visiting this park to see their garden and ball fields.  There are over 159 garden plots rented to private citizens on an annual basis for both vegetable and flower gardening.  Located in the center of all the ball fields is a restroom.   There is plenty of shade and lots of parking. The fields are very busy on the weekend as a lot of organizations and schools both practice and play. 


If you are located near Annandale, I recommend stopping by this park, especially during the Spring season to see the garden and enjoy a walk.


Alabama Drive Park in Herndon, VA

Alabama Drive Park in Herndon, VA

Review submitted by NoVA Outdoor’s newest addition, Ashley Wells. Ashley is a mom to two wonderful boys who have plenty of energy and married to a husband who enjoys being outdoors!

Alabama Drive Park is located in Fairfax County in Herndon, VA, right off of Eldon Road.

Address: 1100 Alabama Dr, Herndon, VA 20170

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This 10 acre park has two baseball fields, lighted basketball courts, soccer field,a tot lot and a smaller for tot lot  for little ones. Although there are not any picnic tables, there are several benches to sit back and enjoy your little ones play.  There is a nice sized parking lot, however, there is not very much shade throughout the play areas.   Restrooms and trashcans are located throughout the park as well.

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If you are a Herndon resident and have kids both older and younger, this is a great park to have the older kids practice ball, while the little ones play on the tot lot.

**Please Note:  Restrooms are available May-October**