Plenty of outdoor spaces scatter the area, though no parks reside in the North Highland neighborhood. However, the majority of land north of the neighborhood is undeveloped, especially along the green space that winds the length of the Potomac River. Therefore, active locals looking to stretch their legs head north, with the exception of the Lyon Village
Park on Highland Street. This free, small community park attracts athletes to its basketball court, while families flock to the playground and splash zone.
Locals looking for a scenic job or biking route head up to the Thrifton Hills Park off 23rd Street. This natural area combines twisting trails with picnic tables and benches for quiet afternoons away from the bustle. Pet
owners let their furry friends tag alone, since the stream provides an excellent swimming spot for pets to swim. No entrance fee is charged, which makes Thrifton Hills a gem amongst the urban oasis.
Though no exercise-centric parks reside in the area, residents looking for a bit more space to get active venture to the Fort Bennett Park and Palisades trails to take advantage of the 11-acre space, complete with dozens of paths and an old spring house. Due to limit space and conservation of the natural areas, none of these parks host large public events, but locals seem to appreciate this fact and enjoy the recreational escape.