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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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  • Had a picnic here with friends. Super nice place! It's pretty self-explanatory, a big field by Regan National Airport. It's loud when planes fly by, but that's the point of it really. It's fun to see ...  more »
  • Nice green open space with a good view by bike or foot of you want to watch planes land and takeoff.  more »
  • I am enjoying my fifth decade of life and have been coming to Gravelly Point Park since I was a little kid. In my teens & 20s, we would come here for picnics & to watch the July 4th fireworks while th...  more »

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