March 18, 2016
A fun afternoon spent with the toddlers at the Turkey Run Park. The park is close to the Claude Moore Colonial Farm (which doesn’t open until April 1). With a looped access road right along George Washington Parkway towards the Potomac River, it is only five minutes from McLean and totally cut-off from the busy traffic running along the busy Parkway.
There are three parking areas — Parking Area A is the best to access the river with toddlers (although they still have to be sporting enough to walk the somewhat steep quarter-mile trail that goes over a stream). Area C has a steeper and farther access trail, and Area B is in between with no direct river access except by going through A or C. Maps are available at the Park headquarters, also at Area A. Area A closes at 4:15 PM while the rest of the park closes at dusk.
The point at which the trail meets the water near Area A has a concrete ‘tower’ which is actually a marker for measuring the height of flood waters from the river. Next to it is a wooden stake leaning along the ground with numbers on it, and some metal markers as well. Just a few feet ahead, there is a tiny “beach”, a patch of sand with some shells and lots of little rocks that are perfect for throwing practice.
Trees lean over to meet the wide river and bits of the picturesque town of Potomac in DC can be seen across the river.
We will be back!
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