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Explore Arlington’s wide variety of parks to breathe fresh air and immerse yourself in nature. From the Parks Department experts, these are the best spots for specific activities.
Enhance your game at Barcroft Park, Thomas Jefferson Park or Virginia Highlands Park. Barcroft offers a synthetic turf field in the heart of the park and both Thomas Jefferson and Virginia Highlands have synthetic turf and natural grass fields.
Test out your homerun swing at Gunston Park, which was converted to a lighted synthetic field in 2019.
Arlington’s only Disc Golf course is located in beautiful Bluemont Park.
Try your hand at handball! Barcroft Park has the only outdoor walled court in the County.
This is soccer played on a hard court instead of a field. Check out Arlington’s only futsal court at Tyrol Hill Park.
The gardens at Bon Air Park are wondrous, particularly in the spring and fall when the roses bloom.
Got pups? Arlington boasts nine County-owned dog parks!
With approximately 100 miles of trails in Arlington, it’s hard to choose a favorite, but we’re partial to the W&OD Trail for biking.
The grounds at Fort C.F. Smith are wonderful for birders. You might see resident and migrating birds including Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Yellowthroat, Magnolia and Black-throated Blue Warbler and maybe even Great-horned Owl.
Have your own campfire and rent the fire pit at Lubber Run Park.
Be mesmerized by the trains and planes at Long Bridge Park. Commuter and freight trains chug along the Esplanade and planes take off and land right over the park.
Author: Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation