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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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  • Big hit for anyone who likes to see planes passing low overhead; not a lot otherwise going on. The planes are perhaps 300ft overhead either landing or taking off depending on wind conditions - low eno...  more »
  • If you’re a fan of aviation this is a must do when you’re in Washington DC! This park is just beyond the runway as planes coming into Reagan international are landing. Planes are only about 150 to 200...  more »
  • Gravelly Point is a little park right next to Reagan National airport. The planes fly over your head so low you feel like you could jump and touch them. There are a few picnic tables in the park, and ...  more »
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  • Beware bikers the pedestrians are not familiar about how traffic operates on the path. Moving slow on bike may be a wise choice in this area. Great meeting location for groups. Safe area that is patrolled by the park police.
  • A great local spot to have a picnic and watch the planes land (or take off, depending on winds) from up close. On very crowded days the parking lot will fill up, but there's a dirt overflow lot.
  • Nice place to workout, cycling, running, and hang out where you can see airplanes in every 2 mins and touch down closely.
  • We really enjoyed watching the planes take off and land from here.
  • Nice park just near the Reagan airport to see planes flying really closer to the ground. Also a good place to jog around or just laze around.

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