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Gravelly Point Park, Arlington

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Gravelly Point is an area within the National Park Service's George Washington Memorial Parkway in Arlington County, Virginia, in the United States. It is located on the west side of the Potomac River, north of Roaches Run and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The paved Mount Vernon Trail travels through the area.
Aircraft spotters and others use the area to see planes landing at the nearby airport. The area also has a boat launch. In 1746, a house, on a plantation later named Abingdon, existed near Gravelly Point on property that Gerrard Alexander owned. The name of Alexandria, Virginia, commemorates Alexander's family. In 1778, John Parke Custis, the son of Martha Washington and stepson of George Washington, purchased the plantation. Martha Washington’s granddaughter Eleanor Parke Custis was later born on the plantation. A house at Abingdon was destroyed by fire in 1930 and its ruins stabilized.
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  • Situated on the Potomac river with stunning views of DC. Great place to relax and watch the planes land/takeoff. Food and ice cream trucks on site. Great place for family adventure.  more »
  • We visited here with our two kids and just LOVED it. It was so fun to be able to see so many planes take off and land. We easily spent an hour or so here. My husband knows a lot about planes, so...  more »
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  • Nice park where you can watch the planes land at the Ronald Reagan airport. There is a large field that can be used for a variety of things. Parking is tight on the weekends so keep that in mind. Bring you own chairs or blankets. There are port a John's.
  • It's a great place to view flight takeoff and landing. Nice Washington d.c. view from lakeside
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