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LBJ National Park and a walk around the boundary channel

LBJ National Park and a walk around the boundary channel
LBJ National Park and a walk around the boundary channel
James George

Having lived here for nearly 12 years, it still not possible for me to describe certain things such as how to get to Teddy Roosevelt Island or how to get to the LBJ Memorial. You can drive by signs and see them by accident, but when it comes time to actually go there that is challenging. You can get the wonderful Arlington County Bike Map to see the location. It is probably easier to bike or walk. Anyway, here we are at LBJ National Memorial Park on Monday morning, and a good number of Pentagon staff are having a run around the park that is connected to the Pentagon Parking lot. There is ample parking for park visitors who are limited to a 2 hour stay.

LBJ Memorial Park and grove
James George

I can’t tell you if they have restrooms here because I didn’t locate them. They do have plenty of picnic tables and benches for sitting. You can see across the Potomac River from this location. If the Lee’s were home at the old Arlington House, they could see this location from their hillside.

Sometimes, people fish in the channel as it is supposed to be good bass sport fishing. Today, it is pretty muddy. A boater was navigating fallen trees in the channel. There is much debris in the water, mostly natural stuff.

Watching for birds, there are a few swallows and crows in the area.

The grove is a major feature in this park with lots of pine trees and cottonwoods.

This is a great place to relax and maybe even do some painting as there are boats in the adjacent marina.

The park is a tribute to Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife “Ladybird.” One can feel their presence here as they may have wanted to escape from the politics across the bridge. You can stand next to the LBJ rock and see the Washington Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the splendid landscape that is our national capital.

“A Presidential Retreat
From this distance the seat of national power appears pristine across the river, so President Johnson came here often when he needed to escape from the stresses of building a Great Society. After he died, his wife chose this place for his memorial. A landscape of serpentine paths, white pines, a granite monolith, and an open meadow honors his legacy of social justice and conservation legislation.”