The Potomac River is 400 miles of beautiful scenery that runs on the east coast starting with Maryland and passing Washington D.C. to its end at the Chesapeake Bay.
Passing by some of our nation’s greatest landmarks including The Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. There are many great recreational areas to enjoy along the way. George Washington was a great admirer of the Potomac River. He worked along the river as a surveyor and his home was on the Potomac River.
The Great Falls are where many visitors gather to enjoy the awesome scenery it provides. The water comes down from the Appalachian Highlands to the sands. Visitors can still see some of the remnants of the C & O Canal which was started with George Washington’s vision of connecting the Chesapeake Bay to the Ohio River.
Point Lookout is also widely visited and was home to one of the largest Union POW camps.
The Potomac has much to offer along all 400 miles which include mountains, parks, recreational areas, historic monuments, and homes.
If you’re searching for a home or condo in Northern Virginia with a view of the Potomac, contact Nesbitt Realty.
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Looking for a peaceful place to travel to get out of the house? All along the George Washington Parkway stretches a path that goes all the way to Washington DC. This distance is frequented by people going at their own pace – from the high speed bicyclist commuter to the power walking local. On the way there are places to picnic / barbeque, waters to fish, and open fields for recreation.
An often overlooked detour is available just before Old Town Alexandria. By taking a pedestrian path onto the Woodrow Wilson Bridge there is a path that hugs the road until arriving at the National Harbor. It starts with a view of a graveyard. Then the panorama delivers a waterfront city skyline juxtapositioned with vehicles driving across the bridge.
Finally after passing the bridge there is a place to sit and enjoy the view, or continue to the National Harbor. Round trip its worth the effort.
Homes at Arcturus are located right on the Potomac River in Northern Virginia. The fish in the Potomac include large-mouth bass, catfish, carp, bluegill, and pickerel just to name a few. Many of the homes here include piers and docks. This area offers grand views of the nearby water. Most of the homes here were built in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
The Springfield Art Guild (SAG) is a nonprofit with a 30 year history. The Springfield Art Guild is a great community for people interested in the arts. With juried shows and classes for both children and adults, the SAG is a great place to appreciate and explore creative thoughts. SAG appreciates and encourages artists. For example, there are scholarships up for grabs for High School students, art exhibitions,
a monthly newsletter published, a monthly meeting hosted, and more.
Accotink Park has a huge 493 acres, which include a 55 acre lake. Around the park, you can expect to see views of marsh life and water fowl. Additionally, the facilities here offer rowboat, canoe, and pedal boat rentals, a mini golf course, antique carousel, fishing supplies sale (i.e. bait and tackle), playground and more. Lake Accotink is a great place to get some fresh air and explore.
Hurricane Fishing Charters
Charter fishing on the Chesapeake Bay can be a very relaxing hobby. From the April to December, there Hurricane Fishing Charters offers fishing trips, which can accommodate up to 15 people per trip. These fishing trips include bait, tackle, and licenses. The professionals at Hurricane Fishing Charters have 25 years of experience, which can help for some people new to fishing.
Quantico Orienteering Club
Orienteering is a land navigation activity. The Quantico Orienteering Club (QOC) is a great place for outdoor adventures with a variety of course skill levels, from beginner to advanced. The QOC is a nonprofit organization which hosts these open to all events. Whether you choose to go alone, with a group, walk, run, or compete – the option is entirely up to you. Some things you might want to bring with you include your friends, your dog, and your compass.
Pohick Regional Park is on the Mason Neck Peninsula located at 6501 Pohick Bay Drive Lorton, VA 22079. The phone number for Pohick Regional Park is (703) 339-6104. Pohick Regional Park is close to Fort Belvoir and Woodbridge.
Pohick Regional Bay Park sits on the Potomac River and has a boat launch facility. For those interested in freshwater fishing there are Largemouth bass, catfish, striped bass, bluegill, crappie, carp and perch in the Potomac River. Other fun water activities here include: canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and jon boats for rent on the weekends. Pohick Regional Bay Park hosts Pirates Cove Waterpark.
Pohick Regional Bay Park is a great location to have a barbeque at, to hike at, and to camp at. Bald eagles, blue birds, osprey, heron, deer, beavers and river otters can sometimes be seen here. Pohick Regional Bay Park also has a golf coarse, a miniature golf coarse, and disc golf.
About the Author --- Aubrey Nesbitt is a native of Northern Virginia who attended Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the US Army and helps his family business by providing informational articles like this one. In addition to photography and blogging, Aubrey provides administrative support for the office.