The Jones Point Park playground is cute, safe, and fun and the park is a great destination for picnics or family recreation for all ages.
Do you prefer your cardio “on the hoof?” Well, if you’re walking or jogging with baby in tow, here’s your guide to stroller-friendly fitness paths and trails in the area. Each post tells you where to park, whether the trail is wide enough for double strollers, how to find restrooms, and how safe the trail is for older kids who want to walk with you. You’ll also find information about the trail surface, whether you need a jogging stroller, and photos. Let’s ROLL!
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The Lake Accotink Park trail loop is a moderately challenging hike with several places to stop and let restless kids out so they can run around. There are plenty of scenic opportunities, and the fact that it’s a loop means you’ll end up back at the car when you’re done! The trail is fairly well [...]
Manassas Battlefield Park First Manassas Trail is a great workout and also takes you through one of the better historical sites I’ve ever visited. This hike was moderately challenging for a fit person walking alone and challenging for a single jogging stroller. You definitely need either a good jogger or a pack for this hike- [...]
This trail is awesomely educational and incredibly easy on the eyes. That said, it’s pretty rugged. In addition to a couple wicked sets of steps, there were lots of sections that had so many bumpy tree roots that I had to work pretty hard to keep the stroller upright. We DID do it with a [...]
If the water is low and you are not afraid of getting your feet (and your wheels!) wet, you can take the stream across the ford and hook up with the Holmes Run trail . Just hang a left when you get to Morgan Street and you’ll see the trail head across North Beauregard. If you prefer to skip the ford, just take the other fork and turn right when you get to Beauregard St.
Although I managed to get a walk here, I really can’t recommend it. In fact, I’m including it only because every listing I found for it elsewhere mentions that it has walking/hiking trails. There are indeed a number of places where there are paths leading into the woods- but they were all too narrow or [...]
This heavily traveled path runs along Holmes Run, linking several recreational parks. The paved trail is frequently marked with a center line, and is plenty smooth, wide, and level enough for any type of stroller. Your older child will be entertained along the way, as there are several play spaces in the various parks linked [...]
Loftridge Park is a Fairfax County park located inside the Loftridge townhome community. You’ll enjoy a shady, challenging hike (or jog) here. The trail is moderately travelled. You’ll run into someone else every now and then, particularly on a very nice day, but you won’t be constantly dodging cyclists or other faster traffic. You pick [...]
Your biggest impediment to getting your walk on at Green Spring will be how often you want to stop and snap a photo of your little darling and whatever gorgeous thing you’re passing now. We explored this charming place on a gorgeous spring day. It was idyllic. Be sure to pack sunscreen, and have your camera charged and a blank memory card in the slot- it’ll be getting a workout here!
Head over to Lee District Park for a hike! Once you’ve tired of getting your stroll on, you’ll have five different play areas to choose from for the kids to enjoy while you wind down with a drink and a snack. Parts of the nature trail are definitely for the more intrepid strollers among us, but you’ll find a perfect “Pooh Sticks” bridge, lots of attractive views, and some good opportunities to teach your kid how to follow trail blazes.
Enjoy the breeze off the water and take in the view while you stroll, walk, bike, or jog the Mount Vernon Trail. This 18 mile system of parks, trails, and scenic routes goes from Rosslyn to Mount Vernon. You can access the trail at a number of locations along its route, all with parking. There are also restroom facilities and (in season) water fountains at various points, as well as picnic areas, scenic overlooks, and historical markers.
As we gear up for the March for Babies (have you joined our team yet?) I’m logging a lot of miles on my jogging stroller! What better opportunity to research the stroller compatibility of our area walking trails? The first Stroller Walk post was Huntley Meadows Park and went live earlier this week. Two more [...]