This summer is turning out to be one of the hottest on record. Fortunately, even with restrictions, there’s still a lot of water around Loudoun where you can cool down. From dams and rivers, to swimming pools and, well, flotation tanks, here are the best ways to tame the heat in Loudoun.
Beaverdam Reservoir in Brambleton provides more than drinking water. Part of the NOVA Parks system, it features some 600 acres to kayak, canoe, paddleboard or hike, with a winding 1.5mile forest trail on its western bank. The reservoir is stocked with several species of fish, too. Cast from the banks or hop into a non-gas boat to get the big ones out in the middle. A Virginia fishing license is required.
Harpers Ferry Adventure Center in the northwest corner of Loudoun specializes in tubing adventures on the nearby Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. The Shenandoah option is a mellow river float for all the family; the Potomac section more action-packed, with a mix of flat and white-water rapids. You can make a day of it and ask for the combination. To reduce crowd sizes during Phase 3, they are limiting tubing to a single float trip per guest.
The popular AV Symington Aquatic Center outdoor pool at Ida Lee is open again – a refreshing respite from the Leesburg heat. While there are restrictions, – the water slide, floating snake, tubes and lily pad crossing are not in operation – you can swim the lazy river circuit, work out in the lap pool and watch your little ones splash in the shallow kids’ sections. Bring your own blankets or chairs.
Franklin Park Pool in Purcellville is one of the finest county pools in Loudoun. Located in the heart of the expansive park, it has a 25m lap pool, a shallow paddle pool area for kids and a terraced pool one level above. While the water slide, lily pad and plastic log crossings in the top pool are closed, there’s more than enough water to splash around in. In accordance with guidelines, the park is running at 50% capacity (200 people at a time) and you must book one of the two daily sessions (10am-2.30pm or 3.30pm-8pm weekdays; 11am-3pm or 4pm-8pm weekends) at www.loudoun.gov/webtrac the day before.
Okay, you don’t exactly splash around during Floatation Therapy at OmFLOAT in Ashburn, but it is water-based and it does promise to cool the storms in your head. The innovative treatment involves lying on your back in a dark 10-inch-deep tank of saltwater and floating, Dead Sea-style, for 90 minutes. The weightlessness is said to induce an ethereal, meditative state akin to the most peaceful sleep, a cure for everything from anxiety to insomnia. Bring your swim trunks!