County and National Parks

(1) Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

River Towers is located between Fairfax County's Westgrove Park and 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. 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.)

The "Haul Road" trail leads visitors into the marsh. The trail head starts at the entrance to Belle Haven Marina, which is a half mile from River Towers off the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

You can also access the Mt. Vernon Trail there or at the intersection of Belle Haven Boulevard and the Parkway. The trail borders and runs through the marsh, so walking or biking the trail is a good way to explore the wetland and see gorgeous vistas of the Potomac River.

Friends of Dyke Marsh maintain a bird list for the preserve and host weekly Sunday morning bird walks all year round. They meet at 8 a.m. in the south parking lot of the Belle Haven picnic area.

(2) Belle Haven Marina Park

The marina has a park and picnic area adjacent to the marina. To find out more, visit our Belle Haven Marina page.

(3) Huntley Meadows

This Fairfax County park contains 1,500 acres of wetlands, meadows, and forest that is a sanctuary for wildlife. In colonial times, it was part of the plantation holdings of George Mason IV. Friends of Huntley Meadows has an extensive list of wildlife that you can observe at the park. You can get a sneak peak of wildlife in the park before or between visits to the park by watching this video.

The park is located four miles from River Towers at 3701 Lockheed Boulevard.

(4) Jones Point Park

The National Park Service's Jones Point Park  is located along side the Potomac River on the southern edge of Old Town, Alexandria underneath the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. It is about two and a half miles from River Towers.

It used to be one of the largest centers for shipping, manufacturing, and transportation in the nation. Its lighthouse, built in 1855, is the last remaining riverine lighthouse in Virginia.

(5) Founders Park

Founders Park is in Old Town, Alexandria along the Potomac River about three miles away.  It is near the shops and restaurants of King Street, the Alexandria Marina, and the Torpedo Factory.

(6) Fort Hunt Park

Originally Fort Hunt Park was part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, but now it is part of the National Park Service. It is located on 8999 Fort Hunt Road a little more than five miles south of River Towers. Batteries at Fort Hunt defended the Potomac River during the Spanish American War. Free outdoor concerts are held every Sunday in June through August from 7pm to 8 pm in the Pavilion.

(7) Grist Mill Park

Fairfax County's Grist Mill park is located on 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy. It is about two miles from Mt. Vernon and seven miles southwest of River Towers. The park holds a free Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series in the summer.

(8) Pohick Bay Regional Park

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Pohick Bay is a park located along the Potomac River on the Mason Neck Peninsula. It's address is  6501 Pohick Bay Dr. in Lorton. It is about 15 miles southwest of River Towers. It is one of the three public access points to the Potomac River in northern Virginia and the closest to Washington DC.  Pohick Bay offers canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and jon boats for rent on the weekends.

(9) Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge

The Fish and Wildlife Service's refuge is also in Lorton on High Point Rd about 20 miles southwest of River Towers. It was the first refuge established specifically for the protection of our nation’s symbol, the bald eagle.