Visiting Pohick Bay Regional Park – Get Outdoors!

Pohick Bay Regional Park

Quick, while the weather is still warm (sort of) and the days are not yet unbearably short:  go visit Pohick Bay Regional Park.

Because Arlington is a member jurisdiction of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, park admission is FREE for Arlingtonians (and Alexandrians, and Fairfaxians, and several others) – just show your driver’s license at the entrance.

Swirly Slide

If your kids are old enough to resist the impulse to leap overboard just to see what would happen, you can rent one of several kinds of human-powered watercraft (including some pretty funky pedal boats) or bring your own craft and put in at the boat launch for a small fee.

We, ah…we stayed on the playground.  It’s pleasantly shady, with a tall spiral slide, plenty of climbing options, and a view of the water.  There are also mini golf and disc golf courses in the park; real golf is just up the road a bit.  Off-season bonus:  smaller crowds.  Having the playground and picnic area almost to ourselves on a Saturday suited us just fine.

Total playground population: 2 kids and 3 parents.

Pohick Bay is 25 miles south of DC, off Route 1 near Lorton.  To make a day of it, combine your trip with a visit to one or both of its close neighbors:  Gunston Hall, historic home of our buddy George Mason; and Mason Neck State Park.

Many thanks to Arlington Kids Resident Blogger, Katherine Bahnsen Stikkers for writing this post. Find Katherine’s occasional blog at


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