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Gravelly Point Park, Arlington

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 190 reviews on the web
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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  • This is a fun spot for families and lovers and aeronautic enthusiasts to see the underbelly of roaring airplanes very close up. There are picnic tables, toilets and a lovely river there. An easy walk ...  read more »
  • Planes taking off or landing right on top of you - noisy and spectacular. Lots of people there for picnics, soccer, fishing, hiking and biking. Nice outdoor area, and the planes. Don't go if you have ...  read more »
  • Okay, if you have little kids this is an awesome FREE stop in Arlington. Pack a little lunch and come to the park to eat and watch the planes RIGHT overhead landing at Reagan National. I mean it, RIGH...  read more »
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