Wonderful nature centers, lush parks, and picturesque open space are available throughout the metropolitan Washington DC region. Many of these relaxing and beautiful preserves and national parks also boast historical significance and living history attractions. Regardless of where you decide to settle in the metro area, you’ll find active groups dedicated to protecting the legacy of nature’s bounty.

National Parks & Forests

Anacosta Park
1900 Anacostia Drive SE
Washington, DC 202-426-6905

C & O Canal Historical Park
Tri-State Potomac River Area
Hagerstown, MD 301-739-4200

Fort Washington Park
13551 Fort Washington Road
Ft. Washington, MD 301-763-4602

Greenbelt Park
6565 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 301-344-3948

Great Falls Park
9200 Old Dominion Drive
McLean, VA 703-285-2966

Harpers Ferry Historic Park
US Route 340
Harper’s Ferry, WV 304-535-6029

Kenilworth Park
Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE
Washington, DC 202-426-6905

Manassas Battlefield Park
12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, VA 703-361-1339

Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm
6411 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD 301-839-1176

Piscataway Park
13551 Fort Washington Road
Ft. Washington, MD 301-763-4600

Prince William Forest Park
Joplin Road
Triangle, VA 703-221-7181

Shenandoah Park
3655 US Hwy 211 East
Luray, VA 540-999-3500

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 703-255-1800

State Parks & Forests

Caledon Natural Area
11617 Caledon Road
King George, VA 540-663-3861

Elk Neck State Park
4395 Turkey Point Road
North East, MD 410-287-5333

Hart-Miller Island State Park
2813 Jerusalem Road
Kingsville, MD 410-592-2897

Gunpowder Falls State Park
2813 Jerusalem Road
Kingsville, MD 410-592-2897

Leesylvania State Park
16236 Neabsco Road
Woodbridge, VA 703-670-0372

Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road
Lorton, VA 703-339-2380

Morgan Run Natural Environment Area
8020 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 410-461-5005

North Point State Park
2813 Jerusalem Road
Kingsville, MD 410-592-2897

Patapsco Valley State Park
8020 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 410-461-5005

Patuxent River State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 301-924-2127

Pocomoke River State Forest/Park
3461 Worcester Highway
Snow Hill, MD 410-632-2566

Rocks State Park
3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road
Jarrettsville, MD 410-557-7994

Seneca Creek State Park
Clopper Road off I-270
Gaithersburg, MD 301-924-2127

Shenandoah River State Park
Daughter of Stars Drive
Bentonville, VA 540-622-6840

Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Lane
Delaplane, VA 540-592-3556

Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area
5100 Deer Park Road
Owings Mills, MD 410-922-3044

Susquehanna State Park
3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road
Jarrettsville, MD 410-557-7994

Westmoreland State Park
1650 State Park Road
Montross, VA 804-493-8821

Regional Parks Contacts

District of Columbia Parks & Recreation
Information 202-673-7647

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Information 877-620-8DNR
Maryland State Park & Forest Service
Information 800-830-3974
Reservations 888-432-2267

Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Bi-County Office 301-454-1740

National Capital Parks-Central
Information 202-485-9880

National Capital Parks-East
Information 202-690-5185

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
Information 703-352-5900

USDA National Forest Service
Information 202-205-8333

Virginia State Parks
Information 804-786-1712
Reservations 800-933-PARK

West Virginia State Parks/Forests
Information 304-558-2764
Reservations 800-CALL-WVA

Regional Gardens

The Bishops Garden
Washington National Cathedral
Massachusetts & Wisconsin Avenues NW
Washington, DC 202-537-6200
Secluded garden next to the cathedral features winding stone paths and boxwoods.

Brookside Gardens
Wheaton Regional Park
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 301-949-8230
Fifty acres of gardens combine with two conservatories and cascading waterfalls surrounded by colorful seasonal floral displays.

Constitution Gardens
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 202-426-6841
This living legacy to the founding of the republic graces a 50-acre park that was once beneath the Potomac River.

Dumbarton Oaks Garden
31st and R Streets NW
Washington, DC 202-339-6410
Sixteen acres of formal English, French and Italian gardens and flowers create a dazzling display.

Hillwood Museum & Gardens
4155 Linnean Avenue NW
Washington, DC 202-686-5807
Former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post is especially renowned for its azaleas and rhododendrons.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court
Vienna, VA 703-255-3631
Ponds, gardens and picturesque landscaping grace a regional park.

United States National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 202-245-2726
Various displays, exhibits, attractions, and educational programs make this a fascinating center.

U.S. Botanical Garden & National Garden
245 First Street SW
Washington, DC 202-225-8333
Enjoy a myriad of brilliant blooms that include a First Ladies water garden, a rose garden, and exceptional educational exhibits.

Regional Attractions

Algonkian Regional Park
4701 Fairway Drive
Sterling, VA 703-450-4655
Activities and amenities include swimming, camping, sleeping cabins, 18-hole golf course, miniature golf, fishing and boat launch.

Audubon Naturalist Society
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 301-652-9188
Imposing 1920s mansion with native gardens now serves as the headquarters of the Audubon Naturalist Society.

Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Drive
Centreville, VA 703-631-0550
Activities include camping, horseback riding, games, golfing, hiking, picnicking and trap shooting.

Cameron Run Regional Park
4001 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 703-960-0767
The family can enjoy canoeing, swimming pools, water slide, wave machine and rides.

Dickerson Conservation & Black Hills Regional Park
20700 Martinsburg Road
Dickerson, MD 301-972-3476
Scenic 300-acre park borders the Potomac River and provides fisherman access to the warm-water fishing area.

East Potomac Park/Hains Point
Ohio Drive & 14th Street Bridge NW
Washington, DC 202-426-6841
Hains Point is home to The Awakening, a half-buried statue of a reclining figure that’s irresistible to kids.

Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area
376 Fair Hill Drive
Elkton, MD 410-398-1246
Bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, this 5,613-acre expanse is known for its pristine fields, woodlands and natural beauty.

Fletcher’s Boat House
4940 Canal Road NW
Washington, DC 202-337-9642
Old-style wooden rowboats are available at this historic and renowned fishing and recreation site.

McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area
Seneca Road
Poolesville, MD 410-356-9272
More than 2,000 acres of forests, streams, ponds, and fields provide relaxation and a sportsman’s paradise.

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary
11704 Fenno Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 301-888-1410
The sanctuary is planted with crops that attract waterfowl. Geese stack up over the fields and creek from October through March.

The National Colonial Farm
3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD 301-283-2113
Mid-1700s farmstead includes extensive herb garden, nature trail and seasonal craft and skill demonstrations.

Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park
Edwards Ferry Road
Leesburg 703-737-7800
Trails, hiking, nature sanctuary and Potomac River views are among the attractions.

Rock Creek Park & Parkway
3545 Williamsburg Lane NW
Washington, DC 202-895-6000
Historic and cultural attractions, sports facilities, and natural beauty are waiting in one location.

Washington & Old Dominion Regional Park
21293 Smiths Switch Road
Ashburn 703-729-0596
Often called the “skinniest park in Virginia,” the recreational trail runs 45 miles between Arlington and Purcellville in Loudoun County.

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