Widewater State Park

Widewater State Park is located on a peninsula of the Potomac River where it converges with Aquia Creek in Northern Virginia. The Park provides access to both bodies of water for canoeing and kayaking as well as various other activities across its 1,089 acres.

The park lies on two, non-contiguous parcels surrounded by private property with both being open for access. The park has a visitor center, picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms, canoe-kayak launches and a hiking trail.

The park highlights the area’s natural, historic, and recreational resources.

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Hours

Daily:

  • 8am-dusk

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Visit the Fees and Seaons page on the Virginia DCR website

Activities

  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnicing
  • Camping
  • Fishing

Facilities

  • Restroom
  • Visitor Center
  • Campground

Accessibility

The visitor center is accessible, and there are accessible restrooms in each of the two developed parcels. 

Pets

Pets are permitted in enclosed areas or on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Please clean up after your pet. Pets must be attended at all times. Pets are not allowed inside facilities; service dogs are not considered pets.

History

The state acquired the land for Widewater State Park from Dominion Resources in 2006. Dominion originally planned on using the site for an electrical generation facility. A master plan for the park was written in 2008. An advisory committee comprised of Stafford County residents, adjacent landowners, government officials, user groups and local businesses crafted the plan with the guidance of the public. The committee defined goals, objectives and a park purpose statement for the park.

The purpose of Widewater State Park is to provide premier water and land based educational outdoor recreational opportunities while protecting and interpreting the unique natural, historical, and cultural resources of the peninsula of land cradled between Aquia Creek and the Potomac River in Stafford County.

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Last updated: February 11, 2019
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