Top 5 Parks in Northern Virginia to Visit on Memorial Day

Contributing writer: Jose Lopez, Team SFMC —

Memorial Day is an important national holiday. We honor those who have fallen while serving our country. Many families and friends spend time together during  this three-day weekend.  Outdoor activities are a favorite activity.  Here are five parks in Northern Virginia that are favorite spots!

Crocket Park, Warrenton

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Crocket Park is a great park to visit with your family. They have many outdoor activities such as fishing, picnicking, tracks for hiking or jogging, and even winter skiing. This is definitely a park worth going to on Memorial Day! Park entrance is free for those who live in Faquier County. You can even rent a pavilion.

Curtis Park, Fredricksburg

Curtis Park is located in Fredricksburg. The park consists of 580 acres of open fields and fun opportunities for recreation. There is a lake for fishing, trails for hiking or jogging , a skateboard park, and even an 18-hole golf course. You can play many sports here including softball, soccer, tennis, and swimming in the pool. You can also reserve a picnic pavilion to enjoy a meal out in the woods.

Great Falls Park, McLean

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Great Falls Park is located 15 minutes away from Washington, DC. The beautiful water fall draws in viewers from all around Virginia. The park includes 800 acres and has various outdoor activities. There are three overlooks to view the water falls, bicycling on the five miles of trail, bird watching, boating, climbing, fishing, hiking, and even horseback riding. There are enough activities for your whole family. This is a great park to spend Memorial day on!

 Manassas National Battlefield Park

The Stone House at Manassas National Battlefield Park. Used as hospital in the "First and Second Battle of Manassas." It is remembered for it's "blood-soaked grounds."
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If you enjoy history and hiking trails, the Manassas National Battlefield Park is for you! There are over 40 miles of hiking trail at this park. Hikers at the Battlefield Park witness where the First and Second Battles of Manassas occurred during the Civil War. The visitor’s center provides maps and historical information on the battlefields. This is another great park to go to on Memorial Day.

Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton

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Occoquan Regional Park is 350 acres large and is located in Lorton, Virginia. There are athletic fields, batting cages, boat & kayak rentals, fishing, gazebos rentals, and hiking trails in this park. The hiking trails include the Fairfax Cross Country Trail and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. There are even paddle tours that covers the natural, native, and colonial history of the region. There is endless fun at the Occoquan Regional Park.

Find a park, spend time with friends and family and have a memorable Memorial Day!

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Virginia apples are for pies!

By: Theresa Coates Ellis — Team SFMC — Some of our SFMC members enjoyed the fall season with a day trip to Graves Mountain Lodge and Farm, Syria, Virginia. Hayrides, horse back riding, apple picking, pumpkins, farm animals and an amazing lodge buffet are some of the highlights of this farm.

Graves Mountain offers weekend getaways with guest quarters, country homes and lodges. The views at this destination are amazing.  Tree colors bursting in glorious yellow, burning red and glowing yellow.  Rolling hills, green misty valleys and fresh clean air are the norm in a town lost in time.  Rustic buildings and classic vehicles dot the charming farm.

Need a day trip or a reason to bake an apple pie?  Visit Graves Mountain Lodge and Farm to relax and enjoy simple fun.

BTW — York apples are plentiful and great tasting in pie! Share your favorite apple recipes!