Jones Point Lighthouse

Jones Point Park

Jones Point Park is located on the Potomac River, just south of Old Town Alexandria. It was a critical piece of the city of Alexandria's history as one of the largest centers for shipping, manufacturing, and transportation in the nation. Its lighthouse, built in 1855, is the last remaining riverine lighthouse in Virginia.

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Hours

The grounds of Jones Point Park are open year-round from 6 am to 10 pm. Overnight parking is prohibited.

The Jones Point lighthouse is not open to the general public because its unfinished interior presents safety concerns.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Free

Activities

A gravel interpretive trail explains the human and natural history behind Jones Point Park. Exhibits highlight the area's fresh water marsh habitat, its use by American Indians, and its role in shipbuilding and navigation.

Two fishing piers are an excellent spot to cast for American catfish, rock bass, and American eels.

A canoe launch offers access to the Potomac River. Modifications are planned to make this launch easier for kayakers to use.

Formal spaces for recreation include two playgrounds (one for children under age five and one for children ages six to ten) and two basketball courts. Multi-use fields will open next fall when the grass has grown. These areas are available on a first come first serve basis.

Rangers offer Learn to Ride and Lighthouse Life, two kid-friendly programs at Jones Point Park. See the Schedule of Events for dates and times.

To request a ranger-led program about Jones Point Park, please call 703-235-1530.

Facilities

Restrooms, water fountains, and a dog drinking bowl are located underneath the bridge. Trash cans and a limited number of picnic tables are found throughout the park.

No swimming or wading is allowed in the Potomac River.

The canoe/kayak launch may only be used for the launch and recovery of canoes and kayaks. Docking boats at the canoe launch is prohibited.

Commercial activities and activities by organized groups, including team sports on the multi-use fields and basketball courts, require a permit. For information about permits please call 703-289-2513.

Fishing is permitted with the appropriate license. The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia state boundaries intersect at Jones Point. Depending on where you fish, District of Columbia, Virginia, or Maryland regulations will apply. Federal fishing regulations apply throughout the park. Please be aware of the health advisories on eating Potomac River fish that are found on state and municipal fisheries websites.

Pets

Pets must be on a leash that is no more than six feet long, and pet owners must dispose of waste in a trash can. There are no off-leash areas in Jones Point Park.

Events

  • There are currently no scheduled events.

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