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Accotink park in Fairfax, Virginia

This time of year, the weather seems to draw us outside and, for those of us in the Fairfax area, we are blessed with many beautiful parks where we can enjoy the best Mother Nature has to offer. And for active seniors among us who enjoy a stroll on a shady path, a bike ride around a local lake, or some simple bird-watching, Fairfax has some of the area’s best parks.

So if you’re on the hunt for a new park where you can enjoy some time with friends and family or just get your heart rate up, here is a short list of some of the best Fairfax parks, which the team at Arbor Terrace just had to share with you.

Potomac Overlook Regional Park

2845 N. Marcey Road

Arlington, VA 22207

Our list had to start with one of the most understated but adored parks in the area. Potomac Overlook is known for its organic vegetable garden, displays of regional flora and fauna, many educational programs for nature lovers of all ages, and its Nature Center, which features insects and live-animal displays. There are also outdoor summer concerts and 67 acres of wild land, with trails that open out to views of the nation’s capital. 

Frying Pan Farm Park

2709 West Ox Road

Herndon, VA 20171

Frying Pan Farm Park is a snapshot in time: rural America in the 1920s. This is a full working farm of chickens, peacocks, sheep, pigs, cows, and other livestock, as well as classes on horseback riding, crafts, and how to tend a farm. In addition to being on the National Register of Historic Places, for many years, the turkeys pardoned by the president each year on Thanksgiving Day would live out their lives at this Herndon gem.

Bull Run Regional Park

7700 Bull Run Drive

Centreville, VA 20121

There are two sides to Bull Run Regional Park. On one hand, you have more than 1,500 acres of natural space for picnics and miles of historic trails for hikes, bike rides, walks, or runs in complete solitude. On the other hand, you have easy access to playgrounds, disc golf, and the water park and slides at Atlantis Waterpark. No matter whom you bring along, they are bound to love Bull Run.

Burke Lake Park

7315 Ox Road

Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Burke Lake Park is perfect for nature lovers of all ages. This 218-acre park has everything from paved trails to boat rentals, camping, and volleyball to a driving range, golf course, ice cream parlor, train, and even a carousel. Need we say more? 

Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge

High Point Road

Lorton, VA 22079

Founded in February 1969, Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge can boast one thing no other park in the United States can: It was established specifically to save the habitat of a national symbol, the bald eagle. Today, Mason Neck occupies more than 2,200 acres of land and features mature hardwood forest, the region’s largest freshwater marsh, and 6 miles of shoreline. If you are on the hunt for beautiful wildlife, plants, or just want a remote area where you can enjoy natural beauty, you have found your spot. 

There are so many reasons to love living in Fairfax, with the accessibility of many beautiful, senior-friendly parks at the top of the list for many. And with summer in full swing, these local parks are a great way to spend time with those you love while also getting some much-needed fresh air. 

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Kellyn May

About the Author: Kellyn May

"I’ve dedicated my career to senior care by providing comfort, education and support to families with aging relatives. I completed my Bachelors at Virginia Tech in Human Development and my Masters at George Mason University in Senior Housing Administration. I spend my time outside of the office with my husband, daughter and my dog, Truffles. I can talk all things DC sports and Beauty and the Beast."

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