Riverbend Park

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWTBefore heading out to visit a site on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail, be sure to check if that site has any COVID-19 policies or closures in place. This information is typically posted on a site's own website.


This park consists of a mature deciduous forest bordering the Potomac River. This stretch of the river is an interesting counterpoint to the drama of Great Falls. Rock islands interspersed in the river provide beautiful contrast to the placid flow of the river.

An extensive trail system and a visitor center provide excellent facilities to enhance wildlife viewing. This site provides excellent opportunities for viewing eastern deciduous bird species in the fall and spring, and waterfowl along the Potomac River in winter. A 14-acre tall grass meadow provides viewing opportunities for songbirds and butterflies. Bald eagle and osprey are two of the typical birds found here. Extensive butterfly gardens around the visitor center provide good viewing opportunities as well.

For wildlife viewing by water, canoe and kayak rentals are available seasonally (May – October).


From Previous Site on the Great Falls Loop of VBWT:

From Great Falls National Park, return on Old Dominion Rd to Georgetown Pike/SR 193. Go north (right) on SR 193 for 0.3 miles and turn right on River Bend Rd. Travel 2.2 miles and turn right on Jeffrey Rd. The entrance is 0.8 miles from the turn, on the right, and the nature center is another 0.6 miles from the entrance.

Location & Directions

View on Google Maps

Site Information

  • Site Contact: Fairfax County Park Authority: 703-759-9018
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily, check website for hours

Birds Recently Seen at Riverbend Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Chimney Swift
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Barred Owl
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Bike Trails
  • Environmental Study Area
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms