One of the Perks of Living in Sterling…the Parks!

My husband, Ben and I regularly take an evening stroll through Claude Moore Park with our dogs, Lucy and Baron. We so enjoy unwinding after a long day on the path, but to say the dogs love these walks is an understatement. Where we see a chain link fence to the trail entrance, the puppies see a gateway to somewhere grand. I can feel their leashes pull in that direction as excitement gets the better of them. In a way, I can understand their enthusiasm.

And what’s not to love? The park’s website nicely summarizes all that it has to offer: “The Visitor Center, home to the Discovery Room and live-animal displays, is a great place to find information about the park. Woodlands, wildflower meadows, wetlands, and ponds provide peaceful surroundings for hikes, picnics, bird watching, and photography. Vestal’s Gap Road and the Lanesville Historic District take you back in time as you walk the Native American trail and visit the 1779 Lanesville Ordinary & Post Office. Local leagues and national tournaments (baseball, softball, football, soccer, and lacrosse) take advantage of the nine well-groomed, irrigated fields in the Sportsplex. Guests of all ages can enjoy a wide variety of activities throughout the park including nature, history, sports, summer camps, scout programs, school field trips, birthday parties, and special events.”

For us, Claude Moore Park is a part of our day-to-day routine. When we have the chance, we like to jump in the car to visit nearby Algonkian Park. Not only is it stunning, but it is sentimental to us too!

When Ben and I got engaged, we chuckled at the thought of taking engagement photos. Why? Well, we thought they were a little cheesy. But as our October 2015 wedding approached, we agreed to have to them – a generous gift from my now in-laws. We went to Algonkian Park. Trust me there was no shortage of backdrops to choose from across the 838 acres. We ended up with such special pictures of the Potomac River, natural wooded areas, and open fields of wildflowers in the background.

Now fast forward to the spring of 2016 where we found ourselves at BabiesRUS test driving strollers for our first child due in October. Ben was of course drawn to the most rugged, all-terrain style baby jogger. It may be overkill for our walks around the neighborhood, but it will be nice to have on the Algonkian Park paths.

I love knowing that the parks are nearby and that our little girl will have the chance to experience them. We will introduce her to the parks from her comfortable, yet rugged stroller before she explores on her own her own two feet in the years to come. Easy access to the parks are a perk to living in the area and I can’t wait for more memories to be made in them!

Kristen is a licensed Realtor® in Virginia who loves sharing all that makes Sterling/Cascades/Lowes Island a great place to call home. Feel free to call her your Sterling Sherpa! If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling in the area, Kristen can be reached at (412)720-2735 or

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