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New Facility Opens at Observatory Park at Turner Farm

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on October 1, 2016, for the new roll-top observatory at Observatory Park at The Turner Farm in Great Falls, Virginia. The observatory offers the public a chance to see the night sky from one of Fairfax County’s darkest spots through permanently mounted telescopes. Read More >>

Fairfax County Park Authority hosted a public meeting on
June 23, 2016
regarding facilities and programs at Turner Farm Park.

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

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

Use of the equestrian facilities is free, and reservations are not required. The facilities are available from dawn to dusk daily. Turner Farm Park does not have horses for rent; you need to bring your own.

There are no onsite boarding facilities or lesson programs. Riders must park their trailers on the asphalt lot and walk a short distance along the stonedust trail to the arena or take a longer route through the cross country course.

See the Equestrian Event Calendar for upcoming shows and events.

For more information on the equestrian facilities and programs at Turner Farm, call 571-214-7891.


Turner Farm Telescope

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.

Rolltop observatory at Turner Farm 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

Playground/Picnic Area

Turner Farm Playground  Reservable Pavillion at Turner Farm

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.


The Turner Farm is located at the intersection of Georgetown Pike (Route 193) and Springvale Road (Route 674) in Great Falls, Virginia, within the Dranesville District. The park entrance is on Springvale Road.

Hours of Operation

The park is open dawn to dusk except for speciality, after-hours events hosted only on Friday nights by the Annalemma Society. Visit the Analemma Society website ( for a schedule of astronomy events. There are no entrance fees and no onsite park staff.

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