Live list: D.C.-area parks

Outside: sports, activities, events

April 10, 2003|By SUN STAFF

Want to get out to the great outdoors in the D.C. area? Here are some great parks to try in and around the nation's capital. Most are day use only (no camping), but offer great spots for picnicking and hiking and a variety of recreational uses. Here are some details gleaned from the parks' Web sites.

Rock Creek Park (5001 Military Road N.W., Washington, 202-895-6070): D.C.'s 1,750-acre counterpart to New York's Central Park was founded in 1890. It holds picnic areas and tennis courts, an equestrian center, an inexpensive public golf course and a paved bike trail. Online:

Cabin John Regional Park (7400 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, 301-299-0024): Near Montgomery Mall, Cabin John has a playground area, a train that runs during the summer and on weekends in late spring and early fall, the Locust Grove Nature Center, an ice rink, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, volleyball courts and baseball fields.

Bull Run Regional Park (7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Va., 703-631-0550): With spacious fields and scenic woodland and trails, Bull Run is home to a series of special events, including concerts, craft shows and festivals. There's a playground, soccer fields, a bridle path, a shooting center and an indoor archery range. Online:

Wheaton Regional Park (2000 Shorefield Road, Wheaton, 301-680-3803): Wheaton has a miniature train, a carousel, a nature center and walking access to a small lake. Brookside Gardens is a 50-acre public display garden with two conservatories. There's indoor tennis, riding stables and an ice arena.

Glen Echo Park (7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-492-6282): Founded in 1891, Glen Echo became an amusement park and has since been re-established as an arts center. It has the historic Dentzel Carousel, two excellent children's theaters and a museum. Special events include art exhibitions and a bluegrass festival. Online:

C&O Canal National Historic Park (1057 Thomas Jefferson St. N.W., Washington, 301-739-4200): Construction on the canal began in 1828; it was built as far as Cumberland, 184.5 miles away. Now part of a recreation area, it has visitor centers located along the canal route. Activities include hiking, biking and canal boat rides. Visit

-- Sun staff

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