Toddler fun at Turkey Run

McLean, VA
March 18, 2016

Turkey Run Park

Turkey Run Park, Virginia

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.

Even toddles can manage most of it!

Even toddles can manage most of it!

The trail goes over a stream that might get tricky in the rainy season.

The trail goes over a stream that might get tricky in the rainy season.

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 trail is moderate

The trail is moderate

The flood water marker signals that the river is up close ahead.

The flood water marker signals that the river is up close ahead.

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.

The little beach is a treat for the kids

The little beach is a treat for the kids

A couple of rocks jut out making a nice seat

A couple of rocks jut out making a nice seat

We will be back!

We will be back!

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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