Published in Fairfax County
Riverbend Park is a rare and rugged refuge along the Potomac River. There are more than 400 acres of forest, meadows and ponds crossed by trails, including a 2.5 mile portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail that connects to Great Falls National Park. Riverbend features a visitor center with snack bar and gift shop, hiking, fine fishing for smallmouth bass, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and some of the best birdwatching and wildflower blooms in Northern Virginia. As part of the Potomac Gorge and because of its defining location on a wide bend in the river, the park has rare flora and geologic features. Riverbend also has extensive links to Native American history. The park hosts dozens of nature and cultural programs monthly. Admission to the park is free. Educational programs charge a fee. The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. The visitor center is closed Tuesdays.