Jones Point Park is located on the Potomac River, just a four minutes drive from Porto Vecchio condos. The park is an important part of Alexandria’s history as one of the biggest centers for shipping, manufacturing, and transportation in the nation. It is also the site of a historic lighthouse built in 1855, the last remaining riverine lighthouse in Virginia.
Jones Point went through major renovations in 2012 and now has a lot more to offer. Here are things to do at Jones Point Park:
- There are gravel interpretive trails with placards that talk about the history of Jones Point Park. Read how the area’s fresh-water marsh habitat was used by American Indians and its important role in shipbuilding and navigation.
- There are two small fishing/sightseeing piers where you can catch some American catfish, rock bass, and American eels while enjoying the natural scene.
- If you’d like to get into the river, there is a canoe launch offering you access to the Potomac. Modifications are planned to make it easier for kayakers to use.
- Other spaces for recreation include two playgrounds (one for children under five years and another for children ages six to ten), two basketball courts, and a few picnic tables.
The grounds are open everyday from 6 am to 10 pm and there is enough parking and restrooms.