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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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  • If you want to sit on the grass immediately below commercial jets taking off or landing this is the place to be. And the best way to get there is by bicycle as the Mt. Vernon Trail goes right past it.  more »
  • I use to visit Gravelly Point All the time alone. It was so much fun watching the planes. I use to sit for hours and enjoy the water and watching the planes take off. Now I have someone really special...  more »
  • I love bringing my son here after school, weekends, basically any time the weather is good. I even bring my dog here to walk/run around while my son's at school. It has plenty of picnic tables to enjo...  more »