5 Best Parks in Annandale VA

Here we’ll look at the best parks in Annandale, Virginia, as well as some parks near Annandale that are definitely worth the visit.

It’s nice to stick close to home but feel like you’ve gotten away too. That’s what is so nice about the parks in Annandale.

But going to the same park over and over can start to feel a little redundant so if you’ve been wanting to try something new while still not going to far, this list of parks in Annandale is for you!

Many of these parks have trails that are a part of the Fairfax Countyโ€™s Cross Country Trail.

And best of all, all of the parks listed here are completely free to visit.

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Best Parks in Annandale VA

#1 Hidden Oaks Nature Center

7701 Royce St, Annandale, VA 22003 | More Details

For our family, Hidden Oaks Nature Center is a little gem in Annandale. It has everything around animals, reptiles and the outdoors.

Of course there is a nature center, but there is also some great outdoor trails and the hard to miss nature-themed playground.

The kids have even taken a couple of nature-themed, Ranger led classes that are inexpensive and awesome.

Read more about Hidden Oaks Nature Center here.

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#2 Wakefield Park

8100 Braddock Road, Annandale, Virginia 22003 | Website

This is one of our favorite parks in Annandale to connect with nature as you hike or bike or even just enjoy a picnic with the family.

Wakefield Park is a 292 acre park that has lots of trails, sports fields / courts, playgrounds, a skate park and a RECenter.

The trails have different services including asphalt and nature surfaces but it’s mostly level. Some of the trails are also part of the Fairfa County Cross County Trail.

Just some of the birds you will see include:

  • Canada Goose
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker

#3 Annandale Community Park

4030 Hummer Rd, Annandale, VA 22003 | Website

Annandale Community Park is home to Hidden Oaks Nature Center but even if you don’t plan on visiting the center, this is where you can leave the city and jump into nature.

There is a cute bug themed playground, walking paths with some really need rocks kids can hop across and even wooden walkways.

The trees are big and beautiful so you really feel like you’ve gotten away from it all. A creek also runs through the park.

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Source: Fairfax County Park Authority

#4 Mason District Park

6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003 | Website

Mason Districk Park is a neighborhood park in Annandale but that doesn’t stop it from being great!

This is a nice place to have a picnic, give the kids a nice green, grassy area to run around it, a playground or even shoot some hoops or play on the turf soccer field.

It’s also surrounded by woods with trails and a nice trail running through.

#5 Eaktin Community Park

Eatkin Community Park is one of the Fairfax County Park Authority parks that runs along Accotink Creek. It’s actually a quite expansive oasis with 57-acres.

Amenities include:

  • Basketball court
  • Tennis court
  • Athletic fields (volleyball, baseball)
  • Playground
  • Pond with turtles, frogs and fish
  • Trails
  • Grills
  • A gazebo

Kids love the Accotink Trail which is paved and has a small stream and puddles along the way.

If you have a little one in a stroller or just want to walk along a paved trail, this is an excellent option.

Parks Near Annandale VA

Beautiful Sitting Place in Green Spring Garden
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Green Springs Garden

4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312 | More Details

Just outside of Annandale is Green Springs Garden. This public park includes a historic 18th century plantation house called Green Spring, which makes this park more unique than others shared here.

As you can imagine from the name, this is a garden and it is beautifully landscaped. It’s actually quite a big park. The kids enjoy strolling around looking at all the flowers.

This is a park you can visit year round and Fairfax County calls it an outdoor classroom. There is also a museum and it’s a national historic site. Amenities include:

  • Ponds
  • Native Plant Garden
  • 20 Themed Demonstration Gardens
  • Greenhouse
  • Plant Shop
  • 2 Gift Shops
  • Historic House
  • Horticulture Library

Read our full review of Green Springs Garden here.

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