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George Washington Memorial Parkway      

courtesy of the National Park Service

Contact Information:
George Washington Memorial Parkway Headquarters
Turkey Run Park
McLean, VA 22101


Size: 7,374 acres

Location: The George Washington Memorial Parkway includes two main sections: the 25-mile Virginia section that runs from Mount Vernon northward along the Potomac River to I-495; and the the Clara Barton Parkway in Maryland that follows the Potomac River for 7 miles from Chain Bridge in Washington, DC, to north of I-495. 

Description: This landscaped riverfront parkway links many landmarks in the life of George Washington, while preserving the natural scenery along the Potomac River. It connects historic sites from Mount Vernon, where George Washington lived, past the National Capital, which he founded, to the Great Falls of the Potomac, where he demonstrated his skill as an engineer.


George Washington Memorial Parkway 
courtesy of the National Park Service

Activities: One of the best ways to visit the Parkway is to go for a scenic drive. Stop along the Parkway and visit one or several of the memorials or natural areas. Take stroll along the paved Mount Vernon Trail or take a hike in the woods on Theodore Roosevelt Island. You may even enjoy a talk given by a Park Ranger at Arlington House, Clara Barton National Historic Site or Great Falls Park.

Operating Hours: Highest visitation is during the Spring and Fall months; Winter has the lightest visitation.

History: Act providing for acquisition of land, establishment, and development of the parkway authorized on May 29, 1930. The road in Maryland was renamed the Clara Barton Parkway on November 28, 1989. 

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