Riverbend Park is a county park located along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia. Adjacent to the National Park Service's Great Falls Park, Riverbend Park offers hiking, boating, fishing, and picnic opportunities along this historic portion of the Potomac River. The Potomac National Heritage Trail follows the along the Potomac River in the Park and also connects to the trails in Great Falls Park, which lead to the popular overlooks of Great Falls. In addition to a segment of the Potomac Heritage Trail, Riverbend Park's over 10 miles of trails offer hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding opportunities through Virginia woodlands. Riverbend Park is also near historic sites related to the War of 1812 and President James Madison's flight from Washington, D.C. during the British occupation and burning of the city.
Riverbend Park is free to enter for everyone and there is ample parking. See Map of Riverbend Park for the park's address, location of parking lots, visitor center and marina. Look here for description of Hiking Trails and complete park information Riverbend Park
When to Go
Due to its proximity to NPS Great Falls Park and the popular overlooks of the Potomac River falls, Riverbend Park can be very busy during the summer months. The best times to visit are early in the day on weekdays.
Entrance to Riverbend Park is free and there are no permits required for hiking. There are fees for large groups and for renting kayaks at the park. See Riverbend Park Hours and Fees for park hours, fees and opening hours for facilities. This information may change due to local conditions; so, it is best to check the park's website beforehand.