Arlington Parks Offer Unique Outdoor Adventures

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After a long week of working from home, it’s hard not to feel a little cabin fever. Luckily for residents of our Arlington apartments, the great outdoors is just a short drive away. These three Arlington parks, all less than fifteen minutes away, are the perfect solution to getting out of the house.

Windy Run Park

Windy Run Park is the perfect little slice of woodlands. This 14-acre park is spotted with gorgeous bubbling streams and nature trails. Placed along a hill with longer paths, the hiking trails are the perfect combination of challenge and leisure. Thanks to the recent Windy Run Stream Restoration project, the streams have never looked better. With more trees planted, trails stabilized, and litter removed, the park is once again a beautiful, serene escape from urban life. For more a family-friendly experience, travel to the adjacent Woodmont park; its open playground and lawns are the perfect place for relaxation and play.

Potomac Overlook Regional Park

The Potomac Overlook Regional Park is a gorgeous, 67-acre park along the Potomac River. For nature lovers, this park and its many activities are a dream. Anyone looking to stretch their legs can enjoy the luscious woodlands along two miles of smooth hiking trails. Afterward, enjoy an outdoor picnic in one of the many covered picnic shelters. As night sets, cozy up in your tent or rented cabin and fall asleep to the sounds of nature. The real highlight of this park, however, is its interpretive gardens. In collaboration with the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, the park maintains several stunning gardens highlighting native Virginia flora. Relax in the shade garden, explore the butterfly exhibits, or embrace history in the traditional Indian Circle garden. The Potomac Overlook is the perfect day trip for any Arlington resident.

Fort Bennett Park & Palisades Trail

The Fort Bennett Park is a historical walking trail running through 11 acres of forest. Within the park is the Dawson-Bailey Spring Site — a classic piece of Virginia history. The oldest house in Arlington still remains here, and was later expanded upon to house a local family, who played a major role in supporting Fort Bennett troops during the Civil War. There’s no better way to relax in nature than sitting beside a natural spring, surrounded by history.

These nature escapes are just a glimpse of what Arlington has to offer. Check out our blog for more inspiring Arlington adventures. To learn more about joining our 2001 Clarendon community, contact us today.

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