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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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  • Not only can visitors stand directly underneath planes during take-off or landing (depending on the wind direction), right at the north end of the main runway for Ronald Reagan Washington National Air...  more »
  • Greta place to watch planes fly in and out of DCA. Also has some picnic tables, bathrooms (porta-potties) and a sports field situated right along the river. Definitely a great place to get outside for...  more »
  • We visited during weekday afternoon, so easy access & parking. There are port-a-potties, a couple of picnic tables. Simply a small field & large parking lot to observe planes taking off. One less star...  more »