George Washington Memorial Parkway – Turkey Run Park

GWMP Turkey RunThe George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) preserves the natural scenery along the Potomac River. It connects the historic sites from Mount Vernon, where Washington lived, past the nation’s capital, which he founded, and to the Great Falls of the Potomac where the President demonstrated his skill as an engineer.

Developed as a memorial to George Washington, the Parkway may be used on any day to travel to exciting historical, natural, and recreational areas. These places are all linked by this planned and landscaped road, the first section of which was completed in 1932 to commemorate the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth.

Location: George Washington Memorial Parkway runs along the Potomac River from Mount Vernon to Great Falls. Turkey Run Park is located in McLean, Virginia.

  • Field Studies available: Water Canaries
  • Habitat: Lowland forest; river/stream bank
  • Terrain: Turkey Run Park covers over 700 acres of forested land from the top of the ridge, down the Potomac Gorge to the river banks. The descent to the river can be steep but follows a well-established winding path which includes steps and switchbacks.
  • Not suitable for the disabled
  • Facilities: Restrooms nearby
  • Additional Info: Can accommodate up to 25 students


For more information on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, including directions, visitor information and hours of operation, visit their official website.