The Grounds of River Towers

River Towers, located at the end of a cul-de-sac, is nestled in 26 beautiful acres of private land in a park-like setting. Lawns are crossed with walkways and dotted with benches. The grounds offer a little something for everyone: a quiet meadow to read a book, umbrella-covered tables to catch up with friends and family, lawns for strolling or for a game of catch, as well as swimming pools, tennis courts, a picnic grove, playground, basketball court, and volleyball field.

Our grounds border the National Park Service’s Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, a freshwater tidal marsh of 485 acres. It is located on the west bank of the Potomac River between the City of Alexandria and Mount Vernon. Home to at least 285 bird species, the marsh is an oasis for birders who can watch egrets, blue herons, osprey, and the occasional pileated woodpeckers and bald eagle. The marsh is also a home to an abundance of wildlife as well.

Click here to experience for yourself the beauty of the marsh by watching an episode of This American Land that talks about the marsh, a “hidden gem” of the Washington, DC area. (To just watch the part of the episode about Dyke Marsh, advance the video to 19:30.)

In 2012, the Washington Post included the marsh on its list of Washington's most romantic places. The Post hails it as a "haven for wildlife, not to mention for couples looking for a moment of respite or a way to get closer to nature."

Several benches on River Towers' grounds face the marsh giving residents a good vantage point on which to watch wildlife and listen to birds chirping and cattail rustling in the breeze. It is often hard to believe that this peaceful and relaxing condominium community is just a few miles south of Washington, DC.

To view photos of the grounds, visit our gallery. Residents can also post pictures of wildlife sightings on our Nature Notes blog.

Click here to download a map of the grounds.