1. Piscataway Park
Piscataway Park is part of the National Capital Parks-East program and is 20 miles southwest of downtown DC. The park is made up of wetlands, meadow and woodlands and is home to bald eagles, beavers and other wildlife. It also includes the National Colonial Farm, where visitors can learn about the history of the farm and the surrounding park.
3400 Bryan Point Rd Accokeek, MD 20607
2. Catoctin Mountain Park
Catoctin Mountain Park is also located north of DC in Maryland. The park has 25 miles of hiking trails, gorgeous streams and incredible views of the surrounding area. You can hike the mountain or explore the surrounding trails.
6602 Foxville Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
3. Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington has a rich history as being the first, and at one time, the only fort protecting DC. This peaceful park is right along the Potomac River and offers bird watching, wildlife, fishing, a 3-mile hiking trail and plenty of history to its visitors!
13551 Fort Washington Rd Fort Washington, MD 20744
4. Prince William Forest
This park was originally called the Copawamsic Recreation Area when it opened in 1936 as a place children could live during the Great Depression. In 1948 it was renamed Prince William Forest Park and has been one of the area’s best kept secrets. You can camp, hike, bike and fish in this fun park in Northern Virginia.
18100 Park Headquarters Rd Triangle, VA 22172
5. Glen Echo Park
The National Park Service and Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture teamed up to create an artistic and cultural park unlike any other! Ride the carousel, enjoy cultural presentations and dances and don’t miss the puppet show! This park is perfect for families with young children.
7300 MacArthur Blvd Glen Echo, MD 20812
6. Anacostia Park
Anacostia Park is one of DC’s largest parks and recreation areas. Known as the city’s urban oasis, Anacostia Park has playgrounds, a roller skating rink, biking and jogging trails and water activities on the Anacostia River.
1900 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020
7. Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm
Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Cove Farm is technically more than a national park. It is a national historic district but it’s too fun to not include on the list. Visit this living farm museum and learn about how the farm transformed from a plantation home during the War of 1812 to the park it is today.
6411 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
8. Jones Point Park
Technically, George Washington Memorial Parkway is a national parkway designed for recreational driving. Congress protected the sites along the road as a "park and playground" for DC. Jones Point Park is one of these sites. Located on the Potomac River, this park features fishing piers, garden plots, playgrounds, fields and the Jones Point Lighthouse.
125 Jones Point Dr Alexandria, VA 22314
9. Lady Bird Johnson Park
Also a part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway parks, Lady Bird Johnson Park is the perfect quiet place to enjoy nature. In the spring, thousands of daffodils and tulips emerge and in the fall, the trees show off gorgeous fall foliage colors. It’s a great place for a picnic or for a photo session!
Washington Blvd, Washington, DC 20037
10. Turkey Run Park
Turkey Run Park is part of the Potomac Gorge ecosystem and hikers and nature loves will enjoy a diverse combination of flora and fauna, streams, riverbanks. It’s a perfect place to hike and observe nature!
700 George Washington Memorial Parkway McLean, VA 22101