Jones Point Park is located on the Potomac River, just south of Old Town Alexandria. It was a critical piece of the city of Alexandria’s history as one of the largest centers for shipping, manufacturing, and transportation in the nation. Its lighthouse, built-in 1855, is the last remaining riverine lighthouse in Virginia. The Jones Point Light and Jones Point Park are located at the point, which is immediately north of the confluence of Hunting Creek and the Potomac River.
A gravel interpretive trail explains the human and natural history behind Jones Point Park. Exhibits highlight the area’s freshwater marsh habitat, its use by American Indians, and its role in shipbuilding and navigation.
Two fishing piers are an excellent spot to cast for American catfish, rock bass, and American eels. A canoe launch offers access to the Potomac River. Modifications are planned to make this launch easier for kayakers to use. Formal spaces for recreation include two playgrounds (one for children under age five and one for children ages six to ten) and two basketball courts. Multi-use fields will open next fall when the grass has grown. These areas are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The grounds of Jones Point Park are open year-round from 6 am to 10 pm. Restrooms, water fountains, and a dog drinking bowl are located underneath the bridge. Trash cans and a limited number of picnic tables are found throughout the park.