The Turner Farm
About The Turner Farm
The Turner Farm offers a unique mix of educational and recreational facilities:
- Horseback riding and jumping facilities
- Celestial telescope and educational facilities
- Totlot, picnic area, trails and nature observation
- Reservable Picnic Pavillion/Shelter
This peaceful and serene 52-acre park is located on the site of a former dairy farm. Its rolling pastures and dairy barn complement the semi-rural community of Great Falls, Virginia. The land was saved from development by a public/private partnership started in 1994 to "Save-the-Farm." Private donations and volunteer efforts continue to supplement the Park Authority's limited budget for this facility.
Turner Farm Equestrian Facilities
This former dairy farm includes almost 40 acres of open fields enclosed by perimeter fencing and is open for general riding. Features include:
- a novice level cross country course complete with water, ditch and bank complexes
- a round pen
- a large multi-purpose outdoor arena (200’ x 300’) with all-weather footing, stadium jumps and dressage markers
The Analemma Society, a non-profit organization, has a partnership agreement with the Park Authority to develop recreational and educational astronomy programs at Turner Farm. The Society raises money to support these programs through a network of volunteers that range from individuals to public schools to universities.
At the roll-top observatory at Observatory Park at The Turner Farm, visitors will find an Orientation Room that will serve as an instructional space for educational programs and an Observation Room that includes three telescopes, with room for a fourth telescope as private funding becomes available in the future. The observatory features a retractable roof that will roll over the top of the fixed roof that covers the Orientation Room. Read More >>
"The view through a telescope stimulates our imagination in a way nothing else can.... In this age of outer space travel, our future depends upon an appreciation and understanding of our celestial neighbors. This unique opportunity is available on this site." -- Charles H. Olin, founder of the Analemma Society
A playground for small children is available at the end of the paved parking lot and a picnic pavillion/shelter is available to rent. The Great Falls Lions Club sponsored this playground with a generous donation. Other planned community facilities include jogging/walking trails and a Bird habitat and observation areas.