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Gravelly Point Park

Park and Scenic Lookout
  • Ranked #2 for parks in Arlington
  • Tom M.
    "... Reagan Airport's runway; best place to get takeoff photos. Ample..."(7 Tips)
    Carol B.
    "Spectacular views of planes flying into Reagan National Airport."(3 Tips)
    Ching Y.
    "The park is at the north end of National Airport."(3 Tips)
    Rob K.
    "Park and watch planes takeoff or land."(3 Tips)
66 Tips and reviews
  • runway
  • biking
  • picnics
  • scenic views
  • reagan national
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  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonSeptember 19, 2012
    Wonderful city views and THE place to enjoy July 4 fireworks, but it’s the drama of arriving aircraft at Reagan National just a few hundred feet away that makes Gravelling Point Park unforgettable.
  • Ching Y.
    Ching Yu ™September 21, 2011
    Duck! The park is at the north end of National Airport. You don't need to wait long to get a great view of a jet plane coming in low and landing at DCA using the "River Visual" approach on Runway 19.
  • JL Johnson @.
    JL Johnson @User47September 21, 2013
    This park is well known in the aviation community for its view. Pack a lunch and enjoy the experience. Want to find like-minded folks? Search twitter for #planespotting and/or #avgeek. Ur pal, @user47
  • Carol B.
    Carol BDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Spectacular views of planes flying into Reagan National Airport. The park is adjacent to the runway, so you are directly underneath the planes landing. Can't miss this exhilarating experience !
  • Sarah
    SarahAugust 27, 2013
    Go here for awesome views of planes taking off and landing at Reagan Airport. Great running/bike path too!
  • Will L.
    Will LonghiniJuly 31, 2013
    Make sure you check the weather to see which way the wind is blowing. As cool as seeing planes take off, it's even cooler to watch them fly over your head and land.
  • Rohini
    RohiniAugust 9, 2010
    lovely place! it is an amazing feeling to watch planes take off and land at such close proximities! A beautiful place to lounge on a weekend.. The beautiful scenic Washington DC on the other side of t
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BumgardnerJuly 29, 2015
    We actually got to see planes take off this time. It is an awesome experience. Have been here many times. Would recommend to everyone.
  • Cornbread H.
    Cornbread HeysoosAugust 17, 2013
    Great spot to watch the planes take off and chill. Take a break from your biking or running here. There are port-a-potties here too
  • Heidi B.
    Heidi BSeptember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It can be busy on weekends. Bring a blanket & sit under a tree. There are only port-a-pottys here & they are nasty! Bring your own toilet paper & hand sanitizer (there are usually none of either).
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellJune 8, 2016
    Great park directly in front of Ronald Reagan Airport's runway; best place to get takeoff photos. Ample parking in the afternoons.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BajwaSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hands down best spot to watch landing aircraft, river traffic, sunsets, the DC skyline. It's a marvelous relaxation spot!!
  • Jared L.
    Jared LockeJune 20, 2013
    Absolutely amazing place. Great view of DC and an astounding view of planes landing at Reagan.
  • M L.
    M LMay 26, 2013
    Awesome place to watch planes take off and land for all those aviation ethusiast.
    Upvoted Oct 30, 2017
  • Liane B.
    Liane BanseAugust 7, 2016
    Love coming here on my bike. Great rest stop located at the end of the runway at Reagan National. Planes are very low and very loud when they pass over you. Never gets old.
  • Peter M.
    Peter McGrathSeptember 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Good place to watch planes take off and land at National Airport, but stay off the trail unless you want to get (deservedly) run over by a bike or runner.
  • Julie G.
    Julie GerdesMay 17, 2010
    The Mount Vernon Bike trail goes right by here(2 miles from Arlington Cemetery) and the park has picnic tables- great for a pretty day. Bike ride+picnic =perfect!
  • JohnWayne H.
    JohnWayne HazellAugust 18, 2015
    Relaxing atmosphere for picnicking... Love to see the planes go by. Went here trailing with AylaBrooks a lot.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RakerAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Who knew watching planes land and take off would be so popular? Based on the number of people here, it sure is! (And I've enjoyed it, too!)
  • Manuel A.
    Manuel ArringtonNovember 21, 2015
    A great place to come and decompress. Have a cigar smoke and watch the planes at night.
  • Danny P.
    Danny PimientaMay 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Stand by the water on a hot day. Not many shaded areas available.
  • Amanda W.
    Amanda WAugust 27, 2012
    Sit on the sloped grass by the fence facing the airport. Watch the planes come in for a landing right over your head!
  • Brad B.
    Brad B.July 6, 2013
    Great views of the planes coming into DCA and the most parking on the GW Parkway
  • P J.
    P JSeptember 7, 2015
    Well known as a great spot to watch the planes take off or land
  • William M.
    William MarshDecember 5, 2011
    The closest you'll get to a plane flying (without being IN it). Very romantic at night - despite being loud.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsAugust 16, 2014
    Very cool place to go watch the planes fly in and out of Reagan.
  • Airline Geeks / R.
    A great place for planespotters and AvGeeks!
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGNovember 22, 2015
    Weird little park where you can watch the River 1 approach directly overhead.
  • Geraldine L.
    Geraldine LowellFebruary 5, 2012
    Catch the breathtaking view of aircraft ascent & descent against the beautiful backdrop of the sky ^_^
  • Tom I.
    Tom IgoeJune 28, 2016
    Good place to watch the planes take off from DCA
  • Matt S.
    Matt SmallOctober 10, 2014
    A great spot to watch planes flying to and from DCA.
  • Hilary T.
    Hilary TomenyMay 30, 2015
    A must-do on the DC bucket list!
  • Rikki V.
    Rikki Van SheltonApril 17, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Great day for a bike ride.
  • Vanda R. C.
    Vanda R. CalhounFebruary 29, 2016
    Nice picnic scenery...
    AirlineGeeks.comOctober 6, 2013
    A great place for panespotters!
  • JD
    JDNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best place to watch the planes on a nice day
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisJuly 6, 2014
    Go meta and instead of taking pictures of planes, take pictures of people taking pictures of planes
  • Jen W.
    Jen WoodDecember 26, 2010
    Absolute best venue to watch planes takeoff & land--almost on top of you.
  • Tucker J.
    Tucker JamesNovember 5, 2011
    try the planes! best in the DC area!
  • Chad S.
    Chad SmithSeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Porta pottys along bike/run path. Handy
  • Travis R.
    Travis RichardsonNovember 23, 2011
    Lie down on blanket, look up to see planes flying right above you before they land.
  • barbi
    barbiFebruary 16, 2011
    Especially cool when the runway's reversed and planes are coming in for a landing overhead.
  • Kim B.
    Kim BrannonJune 19, 2010
    Fun to stand at the end of the runway and watch planes takeoff and land over your head
  • Rikki V.
    Rikki Van SheltonOctober 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Barricades blocking entrance.
  • Rob M.
    Rob MehtaJanuary 29, 2013
    Great place for a summer run!
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanNovember 25, 2014
    Awesome plane-watching location.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MMarch 25, 2010
    Park your car and watch the planes fly almost so close you can touch them as they land and take off from Reagan
  • Beth A.
    Beth A.May 15, 2011
    If the wind is southerly, the planes will land on runway 19: essentially right over your head!
  • Rodrigo A.
    Rodrigo AndreDecember 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    That's an special and amazing place in dc
  • Isaac P.
    Isaac PachecoAugust 9, 2011
    Perfect place for a midsummer's eve picnic!
  • Rob P.
    Rob PegoraroMarch 8, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Demonstrate your aviation geekery by identifying each plane taking off from or landing at National.
  • Lucie M.
    Lucie MelahnSeptember 3, 2012
    Wave at the airplane passengers!
  • Justin T.
    Justin ThorpNovember 7, 2011
    Great place for a picnic.
  • Mandy J.
    Mandy JenkinsApril 13, 2012
    Fellow bicyclists, please slow the hell down through here, lots of kids around.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TavaresSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Today's Run #mysanity #mapmyrun #letsrun
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go watch some fly fishing from the dock by the GW Parkway.
  • Andrey O.
    Andrey O.May 3, 2014
    Nice spotting!
  • Laura H.
    Laura HoweMarch 20, 2010
    Excellent pace to hit the Mount Vernon trail for a run.
  • Tosin F.
    Tosin FagbemiMay 13, 2014
    Great view
  • Rob K.
    Rob KniazApril 12, 2010
    Cool place to kill time outside DCA. Park and watch planes takeoff or land.
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WongAugust 19, 2017
  • Ian
    IanJune 29, 2010
    Take a camera ... Especially if your and aviation buff like me...
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MackenzieMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    DCA Tower = 119.100 MHz
  • Kimberly V.
    Kimberly VanMarch 7, 2010
    Pack a picnic and watch the planes take off from Reagan
  • Xuan V.
    Xuan VladimiyevichJuly 21, 2013
  • Xuan V.
    Xuan VladimiyevichJuly 21, 2013
    Plans watching.
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