Witness Blooming Flowers At Bluebells at the Bend Festival

Nesbitt Realty flowersOne of the prettiest locations to see bluebells is Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Virginia. This Fairfax County Park sits on the banks of the Potomac River, about a mile and a half north of Great Falls National Park. A riverside trail connects the two parks and is a beautiful place to take a springtime stroll. Riverbend Park’s location on a Potomac River bend has created a rare combination of geology, plant life, wildlife, isolation, and beauty.

Riverbend Park in Great Falls holds its annual Bluebell Festival in April. This year I also had a chance to witness this spectacular scene of blooming bluebells. Virginia bluebells, which were then in peak bloom, and other wildflowers, were the highlights for many visitors. At the end of the trail, visitors could look through a telescope to see an eagle family in its nest on Minnehaha Island.

Other activities included puppet shows, live music by Alyssa Janes, a moon bounce, wagon rides, face painting, meet the animals, tour a model longhouse, and arts and crafts.

Virginia bluebells are stunning native wildflowers that cover acres of forest along the river. The bluebells form “carpets of purple and blue that ring in the spring.” The festival featured both family-friendly activities and unique nature experiences.

I spoke with Riverbend Park manager John Callow for bluebell viewing tips. He recommended that visitors take the riverside trail north from the park, rather than south. The southward trail toward Great Falls is a more popular and crowded path, so if you head northward you are likely to encounter fewer people. He said visitors are likely to see lots of bluebells in either direction, but the northbound trail has a larger variety of other wildflowers, such as trillium and trout lilies.

Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA.

Properties in Great Falls

Lovingly updated colonial home sited away from Walker Rd on 3 mostly cleared acres (Zoned R-1).

1128 Walker Rd

Renovated kitchen 2018 with Stainless natural gas cooktop, double oven, refrigerator/icemaker/dispenser, microwave, and dishwasher are enhanced by dual lazy suzan cabinets, center island with overhang for bar stools, built in trash cabinet and breakfast nook with walk out to deck. Huge Expanded Family Room addition 2017-18 with dual ceiling fans and raised hearth brick fireplace. Gorgeous blonde 1 1/4" hardwood floors in Living room, Dining Room, and Family Room, Marble in foyer and hall, new ceramic in kitchen, laundry and mudroom. Freshly painted throughout with Master Bedroom sitting room and two walk in closets. Washing machine new in 2018. Lower level renovation with new carpet and drywall and paint has recreation room, bedroom with fireplace,or media room, two storage rooms with potential wine cellar. Newer Infinity Communication System, 2 stage variable speed Carrier Heat Pumps and brand new garage door. For the equestrian, 4-wheeler, dog lover, or hobbyist, there are two open acres behind with barn (water and electric available) in addition to the acre building site with room for in ground pool. For the athlete, we have a paved sports court with plenty of options, Great Price for a lovely home on 3 acres! Subdivision possible. [Alexandra Estates - $1,100,000]

Not your average Great Falls home! Not your average Great Falls neighborhood.

10919 Shallow Creek Dr

Not your average purchasing opportunity! Meticulous owners have replaced/updated all systems to make this solidly built 2001 home really 3 years new! It's better than new! It comes with 7 flat screens, 3 built-in sound/stereo systems, hot tub & pool table plus many household furnishings should you want them! Approximately 6000 square feet of stylish living with 10 foot ceilings on the main level & 9 foot ceilings on the lower level. This is a floor plan that really works for both formal and informal entertaining for large or small gatherings...it functions smoothly and comfortably. The setting (approximately one acre) is stunning. The pool, the spa, the open, level rear yard is in perfect harmony with the screen porch ( a favorite spot for the current owners) and lower level club room. Upon entering this home, the main staircase is set back creating a large arrival area. Floor to ceiling windows are found in the living and dining rooms and show off the mature landscaping of a very pretty neighborhood including a spectacular view of your own rear yard. It is truly one of a kind. The chef's kitchen with huge island and 2-story family room span the entire rear of the home. Don't miss the rear staircase & the home office. The upper level works...from babies to teens and beyond. Huge closets, en suite baths, spa master bath, his and hers closets in the master bedroom which also has a tray ceiling and a gas fireplace. All spacious and sun-lit. Head to the lower level to find a 5th bedroom with full bath, media room, home fitness center, wet bar and club room with corner gas fireplace. This is an above ground lower level and just steps to the hot tub, pool and patio. The pool is 9.5 feet deep 42 feet long, heated with a diving board. It is surrounded with River Birch, Crepe Myrtles and other perennials. So so so alluring! I have tried hard to highlight what makes this home so special but I encourage you to take a look for yourself. The neighborhood is SPECTACULAR!!!!! You owe it to yourself to consider this home. It is in PERFECT condition. [Estates At Longwood - $1,675,000]

You better run to this beauty at this price! Seller wants it sold now! Very special neighborhood setting ~ rare in Great Falls ~ sited on a gorgeous lot with saltwater pool! Beautiful home with a classic elegance from the moment you enter the grand foyer with lovely moldings and look to the 2-story Family Room and Sun Room that are nestled behind the formal entertaining rooms.

551 Jackson Tavern Way

Many recent updates include architectural shingle Roof, newer Systems & whole house generator. Kitchen overlooks the backyard and has granite center island and light-filled breakfast area that opens to the deck and pool beyond. Master has sitting room and master bath that was completely renovated. Lower Level is party central with Rec Room that opens to backyard and pool, bar with full refrigerator, media room with tiered floor for theater seating & full bath. [The Ridings of Great Falls - $1,149,000]

Main level living on two acre corner, well-landscaped level lot.

501 Arnon Ridge Ct

Home is freshly painted in attractive neutral grays, hardwood floors are sanded/refinished, and main level four bedrooms have new carpet. Bright, welcoming home has high ceilings, living room with fireplace, built-in shelves/ cabinets. Family room with fireplace off kitchen leads to utility/mud room, and to side-load two car garage. Guest parking area is next to path to front door and covered porch. A large reception hall views toward nicely landscaped back yard. From living room and family room, one can access the decks, hot tub and stone patio. The lower level offers the fifth bedroom, full bath, recreation room with fireplace, storage and a wide walk-up to back yard. [Arnon Ridge - $1,195,000]

You don't find them built like this anymore! Impeccable craftsmanship shows in the spectacular moldings, trims and archways that highlight the large rooms throughout this custom built, all brick, home.

800 Olde Georgetown Ct

Nestled on an almost 2-acre, corner lot in a perfect location on the east side of Great Falls just minutes to Great Falls Village, McLean and Great Falls National Park. From the moment you enter the grand foyer you can see the quality construction and elegance this custom builder is known for. The formal living and dining rooms are a gracious size for large scale entertaining in style. The whole back of the home is perfect for casual gatherings as the gourmet kitchen with Viking and Bosch appliances opens to the large family room and rear deck overlooking the private backyard. The study has its own set of French doors to a second private deck. The Master Bedroom is a true retreat with luxury bath, fireplace, sitting room, and dressing area complete with make-up vanity and huge walk-in closet with closet systems. The light-filled, walk-out lower level features a handsome stone tile bar with granite counter tops, a huge recreation room with fireplace and adjoining game room and tons of built-ins to contain all the ~toys~, 5th bedroom and full bath. The lower level opens to a slate patio where you can hear the falls (1 mile away) at night while relaxing around the fire pit. [Fallswood - $1,500,000]

1213 Towlston Road is a bucolic 2.

1213 Towlston Rd

4 acre estate convenient to Tysons, DC and Dulles airport, but worlds away! Steeped in Virginia history, the original 5,568 acres known as Towlston Manor wasowned by several members of the Fairfax family and was visited several times by George andMartha Washington. In the 1930's the home and land were purchased by C .J.S. "Jack" and Ethel Durham who devotedly restored the one and one-half story clapboarded house in the English tradition, while commuting back and forth to Washington, DC on the newly improved roads. Ethel was an expert horticulturalist and today the property reflects the careful attention of its pastowners, as stately trees shade the expansive grounds and flank the wooden fence bounding theopen field.In 1997 Towlston Grange was sold to its current owners who worked with architect Susan Pierce of Commonwealth Home Design to create an award winning design which honored the integrity of the original structure and successfully aesthetically assimilated a large addition toprovide for today's way of life. Although many of the original details of the home remain,including pine plank flooring and stone chimney, modern updates feature an open floor plan which incorporates an expansive kitchen, family room with fireplace, and breakfast room. Surrounding French doors bring in light while providing immediate access to outdoor living Virginians enjoy practically year round. With six bedrooms on the upper level, this home truly accommodates friends and family alike. Added in 2013, the former "potting shed" was completely reconstructed and modernized for use as an artist's studio, yoga/workout studio or teen hangout. Plumbed and conditioned, this detached structure could easily function as private guest quarters. This private, pastoral setting is centrally located near a myriad of dining and shopping options in Tysons, worldclass performances at Wolftrap, and access to major arteries and transportation by air, road or rail. Towlston Grange is a truly unique opportunity to own a piece of history while enjoying thecomfort and conveniences of the modern world. Full history can be found in Documents. See Virtual Tour for Video, additional photos, and floorplans; also at www.towlstongrange.com. [Ash Grove - $1,749,000]

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.