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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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  • October 2, 2017
    Lots of park space for games, soccer, football and running around. Best place to watch and feel the roar of the planes taking off overhead. Taking off and landing depend on wind direction. Kids/adults...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    This is just north of Reagan National Airport on the George Washington Parkway. There are no facilities other than a parking lot, boat ramp, and rest rooms. It has a field where soccer can be played. ...  more »
  • September 19, 2017
    There is free parking. It's just north of the runway of Reagan National Airport, so a lot off commercial airplanes are flying really low over head. It is right on the Potomac. There are port-a-lets. T...  more »

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