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Gravelly Point Park, Arlington
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Gravelly Point is an area within the National Park Service's George Washington Memorial Parkway in Arlington County, Virginia, in the United States. It is located on the west side of the Potomac River, north of Roaches Run and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The paved Mount Vernon Trail travels through the area.Aircraft spotters and others use the area to see planes landing at the nearby airport. The area also has a boat launch. In 1746, a house, on a plantation later named Abingdon, existed near Gravelly Point on property that Gerrard Alexander owned. The name of Alexandria, Virginia, commemorates Alexander's family. In 1778, John Parke Custis, the son of Martha Washington and stepson of George Washington, purchased the plantation. Martha Washington’s granddaughter Eleanor Parke Custis was later born on the plantation. A house at Abingdon was destroyed by fire in 1930 and its ruins stabilized.
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  • The planes for National Airport pass some 20 feet above your head as they land. This is a very popular viewing spot with a substantial parking lot and right on the George Washington bike trail. Take t...  more »
  • This is a great spot for a lazy afternoon. Lots of grassy areas to watch the planes land, have a picnic or toss a ball around. Dog-friendly too! 
  • Grew up in the Washington DC area my entire life and have ALWAYS loved this place. I hadn't stopped by for years until this past Sunday and watched the planes land at sunset. It's just an amazing open...  more »