Claude Moore Park: March

In honor of the 30-year anniversary of my family’s move to Sterling, I’d like to introduce you to Claude Moore Park, one of my favorite places.

When we moved here, the 357-acre property–including two ponds, part of Vestal’s Gap Road, and the historic Lanesville House–was owned by National Wildlife Federation, and not open to the public. Later purchased by Loudoun County, it has been developed into a multi-use park including miles of wooded hiking trails, lush meadows, a recreation center, a community center, a visitor’s center, and a sportsplex. I worked there as a teenager, and spend a lot of time there with my family now.

This is the first in a series of monthly scenes from the park.

Claude Moore Park: March

Earlier this month I drove in on an errand, saw this stunning combination of March snow and fog, and turned around to dash home for my camera. To-do list forgotten, my young companion and I had higher priorities.

Road in Fog

The view as we entered Claude Moore Park (south entrance).

We needed to go for a walk in the snow.

Walking in the Woods

Path to Ball Fields


Lanesville House

Frozen Pond

Frogshackle Pond, covered in ice.

Stream in Snow

Pond from Away

The roads were a little muddy. Good thing we were wearing our boots.

Boots in Snow

Tractor Snow

This little boy will be so sad when the snowplows are finished for the season, but end it will. Already, spring changes are apparent in the park.

Watery Path to Pond

The ponds have melted.

Melted Pond

Vestal's Gap Road

Vestal’s Gap Road, with a few less puddles.


Bits of green are beginning to show.

Path Around the Pond

We even have a few early blooms.

Red Buds

Pink Trail

Green on the Forest Floor

Green Leaves on Branch

Cat Tails

Frogshackle pond, with ducks swimming.


I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit outdoors for a while.


About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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