Five under-appreciated parks near Washington DC you should visit, because they deserve the attention!

Washington is best known for its monuments and memorials, but have you visited these truly under-appreciated (and neglected) parks? If not, what are you waiting for? Hop in the car and make a day trip of it!

Catoctin Mountain Park

[caption id="attachment_670" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]under-appreciated photo courtesy of FHWA[/caption] Located north of DC in Maryland, Catoctin Mountain Park offers you views you really can't get in DC. With over 25 miles of hiking trails, streams and breathtaking views, take the opportunity to experience Mother Nature like never before. WHERE: 6602 Foxville Rd, Thurmont, Maryland 21788

Fort Washington Park

[caption id="attachment_671" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]under-appreciated photo courtesy of the National Park Foundation[/caption] Fort Washington Park is nestled along the Potomac River as it overflows with a rich history. At one point, this was the only military fort protecting the District of Columbia. View the wildlife, go fishing, or hike on the park's three-mile trail. WHERE: 13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744

Anacostia Park

[caption id="attachment_672" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]under-appreciated photo courtesy of the National Park Service[/caption] One of DC's largest parks and recreation areas. It's known as the city's urban oasis, and with good reason seeing as it is home to playgrounds, a roller skating rink, and biking and hiking trails. With views of the Anacostia River, you'll be transported to a simpler time. WHERE: 1900 Anacostia Dr, Washington DC 20020

Lady Bird Johnson Park

[caption id="attachment_673" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]under-appreciated photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons[/caption] The George Washington Memorial Parkway is a national parkway designed for recreational driving, and the Lady Bird Johnson Park is nestled right in the middle of it. Enjoy the quiet scenery and wildlife, watch as thousands of daffodils and tulips blossom. WHERE: Washington Blvd, Washington DC 20037

Prince William Forest

[caption id="attachment_668" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]under-appreciated photo courtesy of Find Your Chesapeake[/caption] When it opened in 1936, the park was originally called the Copawamsic Recreation Area and was used as a place for children to live during the Great Depression. In 1948, it got renamed to Prince William Forest Park. Go hiking, camping, or fishing! The possibilities are endless. WHERE: 18100 Park Headquarters Rd, Triangle, Virginia 22172 Share with us your favorite park to visit around Washington DC!

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