Spring is here and with all the fantastic weather it’s a great excuse to get outside! Herndon is home to many great parks, some you may already be familiar with, that are great places to take the kids, walk the dog, play sports, or just go for a walk. As creatures of habit (and I speak from experience), we frequent the same places, including parks, and I hadn’t visited all that Herndon’s local parks had to offer until I decided to do this article. I was pleasantly surprised by the wide array of recreational options, with 11 parks in the town of Herndon and a handful of additional great parks within a five minute drive of town. Some parks are better for playing sports, taking the dogs, or going on a walk/run to unwind, so I hope you find this article informative. My hope is that this article inspires you to get out and explore one new park!
I’d also love to hear from you about your favorite park and why, so post your comments below.
- Alabama Drive Park — Located in the neighborhood behind Mellow Mushroom, 1100 Alabama Drive, this park is not marked by the typical green area in Google Maps and can thus be harder to find. It is 10 acres and features 2 basketball courts (lit), 1 soccer field, and a 60′ and 90′ baseball field (both lit). It also features a kids play area (ages 5-12) and a tot lot. The fields are highly used by the local youth sports teams.
- Bready Park — Located off Ferndale Avenue across from the Herndon Golf Course this park features softball field (lit), 60′ and 70′ baseball fields, basketball court (lit), 6 tennis courts (lit), 3 covered tennis courts (covered Sept-April), turf soccer field (lit), playground, picnic shelter (reservable), and indoor restrooms. Sports fields are available for open play and scheduled leagues, like many of the parks in Herndon.
- Bruin Park — Located off Van Buren Street this 8 acre park features a basketball court, 2 tennis courts, a softball field, a playground, and picnic pavilion. It is one of the quieter parks in Herndon as it is nestled behind neighborhoods and away from Herndon Parkway. The picnic shelter and tall trees provide great shade perfect for a BBQ or picnic.
- Chandon Park — Located off Herndon Parkway, right off Palmer Drive, the park features 2 tennis courts, a 90′ baseball field, kids play area, and dog park. This is the only park in the town of Herndon that has a fenced dog area where dogs can be unleashed. There is also a nice walking path (entrance behind the baseball field) that takes you behind the Worldgate Apartments and leads to Worldgate Drive, which is popular among local residence and dog walkers. The path is technically not part of the park but it is public and well used.
- Cutter Mill Park — Located right off Herndon Parkway, close to the intersection of Sterling Road at 1501 Herndon Parkway, this 6 acre park includes a t-ball field, half basketball court, sand volley ball court, mini basketball court (for kids), as well as kids pay area (ages 5-12), and tot lot. The park also includes paved walking areas.
- Haley M Smith Park — Located at the intersection of Van Buren Street and Herndon Parkway this park features a basketball court, volleyball court, 2 60′ baseball fields, soccer field, and playground (ages 5-12). It also offers seasonal indoor restrooms. With newer playground equipment and indoor bathrooms this is a popular park for parents with young kiddos. The fields are also highly used by the local youth sports teams.
- Harding Park — Located at corner of Jefferson and Van Buren Street, it features a playground, park benches, and open space to play. Harding Park is one of the smallest parks in Herndon and is more of a neighborhood park as it doesn’t offer parking.
- Runnymede Park — Located off Herndon Parkway across from Leona Lane, this 58-acre nature park is the largest park in the town of Herndon. It serves as an oasis from the hustle and bustle and provides scenic walking trails, a native plant garden with over 100 different species of plants, an orienteering course, two picnic shelters (reservable), picnic tables, and grills. The park is popular among dog walkers and nature enthusiasts. Fun fact: This park is part of the towns capital improvement program and there are plans to build a nature center facility with designs and construction documents proposed for 2023 and construction projected for 2024.
- Spring Street Park — Located at the intersection of Van Buren and Spring Street, this is the postage stamp park of Herndon. It features a walking path and park bench. Spring Street Park is more of a neighborhood park as it doesn’t provide parking.
- Stanton Park — Located at the corner of 3rd and Monroe Streets, this 10-acre park features walking trails, exercise area, kids play areas, and a picnic shelter available on a first come, first serve basis.
- Trailside Park — Located at the interesection of Crestview Drive and Herndon Parkway, this park features a large playground, skatepark, picnic shelter (reservable), grills and picnic tables, and bocce ball court. This park is a popular spot for neighborhood birthday parties and runs parallel to the W&OD bike trail.
Picnic shelter rental at Bready Park, Runnymede Park, and Trailside Park are available here. Guest limit, cost, and nonrefundable deposit info can be found in the town website link provided.
Parks are open dawn to dusk except when they have lit athletic fields which close at 11pm.
Other parks within 5 minutes of Herndon worth the visit:
- Arrowbrook Park — Located off Centreville Road and Arrowbrook Centre Drive, the park features 2 tennis courts (lit), 1 basketball court, 1 picnic shelter (reservable), 1 turf soccer field (lit), and a kids play area. Across Sunrise Valley Drive there is a boardwalk around a pond, technically D & L Lunchtime Park. The park offers Saturday night live music staring at 7:30pm July 7th through August 25th. You can find the list of performances here.
- Folly Lick Park –Located it is a 45-acre park primarily featuring walking trails. Popular among dog owners, it is a great park to go on a walk with paved walking trails. It unfortunately doesn’t have designated parking so you have to park in the Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park parking lot unless you want to park in one of the neighborhoods surrounding the park.
- Hutchison Park — Located off Parker Avenue, the park is part of the Hutchinson School site and features 4 soccer fields (1 lit).
- Stratton Woods Park — Technically located in Reston, Stratton Woods Park is too close not to mention. Located off Fox Mill Road, this 29-acre park features 1 soccer/rugby field, a 90′ baseball field, a 60′ baseball field, 2 tennis courts, practice walls, 2 basketball courts, 1 sand volleyball court, and paved walking trails.
- Sugarland Run Vally Stream Park — Located off Fairfax County Parkway on Sugarland Valley Drive, this 225-acre park features miles of walking trails and 2 basketball courts. It is one of the best parks if you want to go for a long walk, and due to its size you can get away from the hustle and bustle of Northern VA.