Parks and Rec: Jones Point Park
Even in the middle of winter, Jones Point Park is a local destination we love to visit. Historic buildings, nature and bike trails, playgrounds, open green space and water views — what’s not to love?
Located at the south eastern tip of Old Town, you can access the park by car near the intersection of S. Royal St. and Green St. next to St. Mary’s School. Or, you can enter the park from the Mount Vernon Bike Trail.
The parking lot connects you to two playground areas, jogging trails, the Mount Vernon Bike Trail and the basketball hoops with magnificent views underneath the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
It leads you straight out to the water’s edge to the fishing piers, picnic tables and benches.
Wide dirt and gravel trails take you along the river to explore native plants, informational plaques and historic boundary markers designating where Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. intersect.
My favorite part of the park is the historic Jones Point Lighthouse, built in 1855 to guide ships up the Potomac River. (The National Park Service has more details about the history of the lighthouse — it’s quite fascinating!)
There were only a handful of other people there when we took these pictures, but it’s sure to be bustling again when warmer weather arrives.
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