Now that you’re moved in and (mostly) unpacked, it’s time to explore your new community and the nearby outdoor attractions that make the Washington D.C. area so wonderful. Local Parks are the backbone of every neighborhood and community, providing trails, ballfields, playgrounds and a great place to walk your dog. Take a look at Google Maps to locate parks that are within walking distance or an easy drive of your new address. Some of the best little parks are not visible from main roads, thus rendered invisible to those not willing to apply some curiosity to their search method. Many of my favorite parks exist within stream valleys, with trail systems that run alongside the streams and creeks. Bonaire Park in north Arlington is a great example and offers a wide range of actives for all ages including a disk golf course set among large hardwoods visible from the banks of Four Mile Run creek.
If you are interested in parks with bike trails, this D.C. Metro area is perfect for you. This link highlights a few of the larger bike trail systems in our region: http://thebikelane.com/about/cycling-and-mountain-bike-trails-in-the-northern-virginia-region-pg885.htm Many smaller bike trail segments can be connected to create an endless variety of loops and extended pathways to destinations far and wide. I live in Falls Church and using this method allows me to ride my bike all the way to National Harbor, crossing the Wilson Bridge along the way!! This route uses only trails with the exception of a one mile segment that winds through a quiet neighborhood and another one mile segment on a sidewalk.
Stay tuned for more exciting news about local parks and easy access to the great outdoors.