Courtesy of M. Enriquez for Visit Alexandria
Jones Point Park
An old-fashioned lighthouse on the Potomac
Jones Point Park is a relatively undiscovered park off the Mount Vernon Trail and G.W. Parkway. However, that may soon change thanks to recent cleanup and renovation efforts. Located just south of Old Town Alexandria, the park features a large meadow, community garden, basketball courts, two playgrounds and a historic lighthouse. A gravel path leads from the parking lot to the lighthouse, which was constructed in 1855 when Alexandria was a major port. Its location on the rocky, windy banks of the Potomac lend the lighthouse a somber New England vibe. Although the lighthouse can’t be explored on the inside, a fenced-off area lets visitors get up close to the historic structure. Multiuse fields will be available in fall 2015 on a first-come, first-serve basis. A commemorative boundary marker stone also marks the spot where the District’s original boundary was drawn. Jones Point is a lovely spot to rest, relax and stop for a picnic. The park is framed on the west by the Woodrow Wilson Bridge; the basketball court under the bridge is one of the most unique spots in the region to play ball.
Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Size: Approximately 65 acres
Great for: Canoe/kayak launch, community garden, historic lighthouse, two playgrounds (ages 5 and under and ages 6-10), basketball courts
Other activities/amenities: Restrooms, water fountains, multiuse sports fields
Know before you go: Unlike most parks off the Mount Vernon Trail, Jones Park has plentiful parking, making it a good base for exploring the trail. There are limited picnic tables available, so you may want to pack a blanket if you plan to picnic. Old Town is about 1 mile to the north.
Where: 125 Jones Point Drive, Alexandria