Riverbend Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Riverbend Park is a cousin to Great Falls Park, also in Virginia, minus the crowds. It is an appealing alternative, particularly on a beautiful spring or fall day. Just north of its cousin on the Potomac River, Riverbend offers the same river scenery and great hikes through a variety of ecosystems native to the Potomac Gorge. Riverbend has six trails, some of which connect to create loops and others of which are out and back, such as the Potomac Heritage Trail (PHT). The PHT connects Riverbend and Great Falls, making an excellent long day hike with older children along the Potomac River.
The beautiful sunny deck of the Riverbend Visitor Center is a perfect place to relax in one of the many Adirondack chairs and watch the Potomac River flow by. Pack a lunch to eat at one of the many picnic tables on the grounds or on the deck. The visitor center offers public restrooms and sells cold drinks, ice cream, and fishing supplies. Inside, you can read displays about the area’s natural, cultural, and geologic history and watch critters such as a copperhead and a black rat snake, a gray tree frog, and a five-lined skink in glass aquariums."