Located in Stafford County just north of the City of Fredericksburg, Widewater State Park is definitely a worthy addition to your Summer Bucket List! Location, as always, is everything. Widewater sits right on a peninsula between Aquia Creek and The Potomac River, giving access to both bodies of water as well as fantastic views. 

It’s always an unexpected surprise to find such a wild place, not to mention a substantial body of water, right off of 95. A hidden world thriving adjacent to the chaos of Northern Virginia. Widewater State Park is the perfect retreat for a family or an individual who wants to get out of town for a bit, but can’t commit a lot of time to travel. It offers a visitor center, picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms, canoe-kayak launches and a hiking trail. 

Here are a few things to know to make the most of your visit:

Bring your fishing gear:

Widewater State Park is an excellent place to cast for largemouth bass! You’ll also find striped bass, catfish, and perch. Please note: A Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license is required when fishing on the main stem of the Potomac River. The park also honors Potomac River Fisheries Commission licenses. A Virginia freshwater fishing license is required when fishing on Aquia Creek or in Long Pond. Read more about local fishing here.

Bring the right boat:

Widewater State Park is a great place to kayak or canoe! Two car-top launches are available on both the Aquia Creek and Potomac River. Keep your bigger boat at home, though. There is no motorboat launch at Widewater. However, there is one planned.

Be aware:

The water is deep and inviting, but please NO SWIMMING. As mentioned previously Widewater connects to the Potomac River, which is notorious for swift, dangerous currents. You will find them at Widewater, too. Swimming is hazardous not only because of the dangerous currents but also due to sudden drop-offs and unseen obstructions.

Understand that…

Some parts of Widewater are still a work in progress. There are hiking areas under construction that are prohibited. View the trail guide map here.

 

 

Mark your calendars for upcoming Summer events!

 

Date Event Type Event 
07/28/2020  10:00 a.m. History/Culture
Kids/Family
Adventures in Homeschooling!
08/25/2020  10:00 a.m. History/Culture
Kids/Family
Adventures in Homeschooling!
09/22/2020  10:00 a.m. History/Culture
Kids/Family
Adventures in Homeschooling!
10/27/2020  10:00 a.m. History/Culture
Kids/Family
Adventures in Homeschooling! 
Last Updated:
June 16, 2020