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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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  • My favorite part of the experience was watching planes take off and land, picnicking, and watching trains pass over the long bridge across the Potomac river. 
    My favorite part of the experience was watching planes take off and land, picnicking, and watching trains pass over the long bridge across the Potomac river.  more »
  • The main attraction is the takeoffs and landings of planes of all sizes at Reagan International Airport. This park is situated on the Potomac river with an overview of DC, Washington Monument. Great.....  more
    The main attraction is the takeoffs and landings of planes of all sizes at Reagan International Airport. This park is situated on the Potomac river with an overview of DC, Washington Monument. Great.....  more »
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  • The best place to watch airplanes and have a picnic! Lots of parking and sometimes a few food trucks and a great biking path. There are only port-a-pottys so be prepared but pack a lunch and watch the airplanes!
  • Great place to cycle to / through. Sometimes it's difficult to find parking depending on the time and day of arrival. It's also a nice place to watch passenger planes take off and land.

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