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

10225 Forest Lake Dr

Beautiful 5 Bedroom Home Nestled on 2 Private Acres in the Heart of Great Falls! Many Improvements Include Updated Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances and Granite, Hardiplank, Windows and Roof! 5 Bedrooms and 3 Full Bathrooms on Upper Level! Laundry on Upper Level! Hardwoods floors on Main and Upper Levels. Huge Master Suite with Large Floor to Ceiling Windows Overlooking Private Back Yard, also Features a Lux Bath with Separate Shower and Soaking Tub. 3 Fireplaces. Family Room off Kitchen with Cathedral Ceiling, Skylights and Fireplace. First Floor Study. Spacious and Open Lower Level with Rec Room w/ Fireplace, Workout room/Den and Ample Storage Room. This Home is perfectly sited on a Gorgeous 2 Acre lot with an Idyllic Setting! So Close to the Village Center! Langley HS! [Forest Lake Estates - $1,049,900]

525 Chesapeake Dr

Encompassing the best of Great Falls living, this all-brick custom residence offers generous spaces and tranquil privacy amidst a landscape of lush greenery. The 12,000+ square foot home is positioned at the end of a winding driveway and counts 7 bedrooms and 7 full baths among its many impressive living spaces. An elegantly appointed 2-story reception foyer sets the stage for the traditional yet sprawling main level. Formal living and dining rooms flank the foyer, each with tall windows streaming natural light. A richly paneled library with wet bar alcove and fireplace overlooks the front lawns, and is offset by a corner sunroom office that opens to the pool deck in the rear. The large gourmet kitchen has surrounding cherry hardwood cabinets, new quartz countertops, a desk workstation, and stainless-steel appliances. Beyond the large center island with breakfast bar and two sinks is an informal dining area before a bay of windows. The adjoining spacious family room features a brick fireplace, recessed wet bar, two sets of French doors that open to the rear patio and pool deck, and a built-in media center.From the grand upper foyer, double doors open to an expansive master bedroom suite, complete with beautiful bay window and a ceiling fan. A private corridor, with walk-in closets on either side, leads to the dressing area with newly installed double vanities, and sitting room beyond. The master bath includes a soaking tub and separate oversized shower.Three additional bedrooms, each with updated bath and walk-in closet, line the upper hallways. Added conveniences include a rear staircase, large unfinished attic space for storage, and a laundry room.The left wing of the upper level houses a private guest apartment, controlled by its own HVAC system and comprised of two bedrooms, one full bathroom, a living area, kitchen, and dining area. Designed for entertainment, the finished walk-up lower level contains a family recreation room stretching the length of the home with brick fireplace, media center, and game area. This level also offers a club room with pub-style sit-down wet bar, a fitness room, den, full bath, and a large workshop/storage room. The back yard features a stone patio and private, fenced, heated pool with diving board and hot tub. The screened-in cabana pool house has a ceiling fan, half bath and ample storage. A four-car garage, security system, and landscape lighting add further conveniences to this meticulously maintained property. [Boundbrook - $1,899,000]

9710 Fringe Tree Rd

Builders will build our beautiful new home on this gorgeous lot. Bridge repair is included in sales price. Build your new house without all the hassles!Also listed for land VAFX747144 M&T [Taylor Spencer - $1,249,000]

10900 Lake Windermere Dr

Beautifully remodeled 6,050 SQF Estate nestled on 2-acres of wooded lakefront with spectacular views; Dream Kitchen, Viking Appliances; Stunning Granite & Tile thru-out; Hardwood Floors on all levels; Gorgeous His & Her Master Baths with Steam Shower; His & Her Master Closets; Wet Bar on every level; Built-in Sauna; Generous Bedroom sizes; Easy access to shopping, major roadways & Dulles Airport. [Lake Windermere - $1,499,000]

10919 Shallow Creek Dr

The Estates of Longwood is a serene residential community located just minutes to Tysons Corner. These well-designed, exemplary homes sit on approximately one acre of land that abounds with mature landscaping. 10919 Shallow Creek offers 3 finely finished levels of approximately 6000 square feet. 10 foot ceilings on main level and 9 foot ceilings on the upper and lower levels. Upon arrival you enter a 2-story foyer with the main staircase set back creating a large arrival area. The formal living room and dining room with floor to ceiling windows open to the arrival area. The chef's kitchen and family room span the entire rear of the home and are flooded with light. In the 2-story gathering room you will find a gas fireplace and a rear staircase leading to the upper level. There is a home office with custom cherry built-ins, access from the casual dining area to the screen porch which overlooks the pool and lush yard and is a favorite spot for the current owners. Laundry room, powder room and garage access (4 car) complete the main level. Upstairs you will find 4 lovely bedrooms and 3 full baths. All have huge closets, quality carpeting and lovely views of this beautiful neighborhood. The master suite is inviting with a Juliet balcony, gas fireplace, tray ceiling and his and hers walk-in closets The spa-like bath has a large shower and separate soaking tub. 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 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!!!!! [Estates At Longwood - $1,868,500]

11696 Hollyview Dr

Well priced Great Falls home in beautiful private Amber Woods neighborhood. Meticulously maintained and updated by original owners .Three great levels over 5000+sf, with five bedrooms upstairs plus MBR sitting room. The fifth bedroom is a second master bedroom Hardwood floors through out the main level.Private study off the living room. A butlers pantry between kitchen and dining room and a main floor laundry room. Great finished walkout basement with rec room with acoustic walls and ceiling, potential for recording studio/music room, bedroom has the same walls and ceiling and an updated bathroom plus additional partially finished spaces. French door opens to patio and fenced yard and delightful gardens with mature Holly and Dogwood trees ,raised gardens beds and paths. An energy efficient home with a E Shield in the attic which reduces heating and cooling costs plus the home has new windows and doors, granite counters , stainless steel appliances, whole house vac in addition to many many other updates A very well built home with a brick front and a resurfaced driveway~ side load garage with new doors and an access door from the garden complete this great property. Welcome home. Click on the virtual tour for the floor plan Quick close [Amberwood - $1,075,750]

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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.