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    Default Belle Haven Parking

    My wife is looking to take our kids on a bike ride from belle haven marina to the national harbor children's museum. Does any one know if there are any restrictions on the parking lot at belle haven marina during a weekday?

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    Looks like 3 hour parking Monday-Friday

    http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/parkmgmt/upl...Compendium.pdf

    Parking for other than recreational purposes or for longer than three (3) hours Monday through Friday is prohibited in the following lots:
    Turkey Run Park
    Scenic Overlooks #1 & #2 Theodore Roosevelt Island
    Lady Bird Johnson Park
    LBJ Memorial Grove
    Columbia Island
    Gravelly Point
    Daingerfield Island
    Belle Haven Park
    Clara Barton National Historic Site Roaches Run Parking Lot
    Jones Point Park

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    How about the south parking lot at DCA? It is right along the MVT and is $3/hr. Alexandria's Four Mile Run Park has parking. Might be worth checking.

    Neighborhood parking may be an option south of Old Town and possibly in Del Ray. Arlington has zoned neighborhood parking to keep commuters from parking on the streets.

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    You can park in Jones Point Park and ride the trail under the bridge and up to Washington Street. There are also playgrounds and bathrooms. Drive to the end of South Royal Street and follow the signs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootchopper View Post
    You can park in Jones Point Park and ride the trail under the bridge and up to Washington Street. There are also playgrounds and bathrooms. Drive to the end of South Royal Street and follow the signs.
    This suggestion brings you closer to the bridge, albeit ever so slightly since Belle Haven is barely a mile from the bridge (if that). On weekdays, I would be very surprised if they enforced time limits. The PP will enforce speeding (it goes from 25mph to 40mph in a short stretch), but I haven't heard of parking. Plus if you have a bike rack on the back of the car then I would be highly surprised if they did anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terpfan View Post
    This suggestion brings you closer to the bridge, albeit ever so slightly since Belle Haven is barely a mile from the bridge (if that). On weekdays, I would be very surprised if they enforced time limits. The PP will enforce speeding (it goes from 25mph to 40mph in a short stretch), but I haven't heard of parking. Plus if you have a bike rack on the back of the car then I would be highly surprised if they did anything.
    Jones Point is on the list for 3 hour parking also. I agree with Terpfan though. I'd be surprised if they enforce parking time limit if the car isn't there all day. FWIW, I see more PP at Jones Point than I do Belle Haven.

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    I guess if she's really worried about a parking ticket then it's just as easy to park across the Parkway from BH in one of the neighborhoods, but then it would require crossing GWP with kids--not something I would envy.

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    Another advantage to Jones Point Park is that you won't cross any intersections getting to the bridge. You follow the trail up a ramp to the Washington Street Deck, then turn left and left again to access the Bridge trail.

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