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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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  • This park is a small strip at the end of National Airport. It is used mainly for launching the boat into the Potomac river. Many people come to this place just to take a break or to watch planes landi...  more »
  • First of all, the weather was 75 in February, so it was a beautiful day. It was the perfect place to watch planes take off from Reagan National Airport. Every 2 to 3 minutes a plane takes off and we r...  more »
  • Maybe you live in a spot that doesn't get a lot of low flying planes and you'd like to experience the sight and noise of a plane taking off or landing. This is a nice spot -easy to get into and park. ...  more »