Don’t fight the crowds at the pool this summer. Head to a local spot to enjoy a family hike and some good old fashioned creek stomping. Throw a dry pair of clothes in your backpack, and get ready to splash around and create lifelong memories.
Blue Ridge Center of Environmental Stewardship, Purcellville, VA
Yes, that is a mouthful, but don’t let the name stop you from visiting this gorgeous area. The Farmstead Loop is easy and accessible for all ages. Keep an eye and an ear out for the babbling brook just off the trail. My crew spent an hour splashing around and drying off on the bank while enjoying a picnic together. This is our favorite creek around.
Beaverdam Reservoir Trail, Ashburn, VA
The no swimming signs had me worried, but we still found a beautiful little creek to enjoy. My youngest climbed across the rocks and splashed down in the running water. The trails are family-friendly, and the fishing spots are great too.
Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park, Leesburg, VA
I was surprised to find a riverside oasis behind the golf course, but that is precisely what we found. After a sun-drenched stroll through the course and open field, we climbed down a small hill to the river. It was so fun to climb out on the rocks and soak our feet in the water.
Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Leesburg, VA
Take in the history and the Potomac River at this peaceful park. The cart path is stroller-friendly, but I didn’t see an accessible route to get down to the river. We made our way down to the water, and my little ones loved throwing rocks in the river. Of course, they had to test out the river with their tiny toes too.
C&O Canal, Point of Rocks, MD
Drive just over the Virginia/Maryland line to the adorable town of Point of Rocks. The C&O Canal path runs along the Potomac River, and if kayaking or canoeing isn’t an option, there are lots of little spots to walk down to the river. Pack a picnic, sit down together and enjoy the view.