George Washington Memorial Parkway
courtesy of the National Park Service
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.
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.