Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park

Trails include a 2.5 mile portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail linking national and regional parkland. Kayakers and canoeists can enjoy exploring many islands in the Potomac River. Serious anglers and families can bring a boat or fish from the shady riverbank. Nature highlights include spectacular river views, beautiful wildflowers and birds. Park grounds are open from 7am to dusk, hours posted. Gates are locked at closing time.

Riverbend's location along the Potomac River make it a naturally unique and sensitive area. Spectacular birding and beautiful wildflowers are just a few of the precious resources wildlife lovers come to explore. Trails through upland forests and along the river are perfect for short hikes with the family and if you are looking for longer more adventurous hikes Riverbend Park has the trails for you. The picnic area located near the river is equipped with picnic tables and grills. Perfect for family picnics. The upper Potomac River from Riverbend Park is a perfect spot to launch a canoe, kayak, or jon boats.

A great place to take a break. Center includes self-guided activities for children, live animal displays,natural and cultural exhibits, snack bar, ice cream and gift shop. Public restrooms are located on deck of visitor center.Riverbend Park offers programs, classes, and tours for all ages; with programs for school groups, scouts, families, and individuals. Don't miss the annual Virginia Indian Festival!

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  • Normal Hours Weekdays: Visitor Center 9 AM - 5 PM, closed Tuesdays
  • Normal Hours Weekends: Visitor Center 12 PM - 5 PM
  • Winter Hours Weekdays: Visitor Center 11 AM - 4 PM, closed Tuesdays
  • Winter Hours Weekends: Visitor Center 11 PM - 4 PM
  • Park grounds are open from 7 AM to dusk, hours posted. Gates are locked at closing time.

(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.)




  • Visitor center, nature center, picnic pavillion, picnic tables, boat ramp. Self-guided activities, available during Visitor Center hours
  • Hiking on over 12 miles of trails
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Canoeing and kayaking on river, no whitewater
  • Fishing for smallmouth bass, catfish, and sunfish from shore or boat
  • Picknicking in riverside picnic area or reservable picnic shelter
  • Programs for all ages. Camps for children and teens ages 3 to 15 years
  • Native American and Geologic History Exhibits in Visitor Center
  • Virginia Indian Festival every September
  • Activity packets can be picked up at the Visitor Center


Last updated: November 16, 2022
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