Gravelly Point, A Photo Essay

Gravelly Point is a park located northwest of National Airport and provides a viewing area of planes takeoff and landing. Gravelly Point is part of the National Park Service’ George Washington Member Parkway.

Gravelly Point Plane
Directly overhead (the ball is from the soccer players on the field near the picnic tables)
Gravelly Point Plane
At Gravelly Point looking towards National Airport as a plane approaches the runway

The name Gravelly Point refers to the actual gravel that made the point.

“Look at a geologic map of Washington and its environs, and you will see a lot of gravel.” wrote John Kelly, of The Washington Post, in his column titled, some out-of-town Congress-people want to rename Gravelly Point. Here’s why we shouldn’t let them.

Gravelly Point Plane on Approach
Plane approaching National Airport with Washington and Jefferson Memorials in background