Widewater State Park
Long Pond Trail Length: 0.8 mile loop
Skill Level: easy
Main Usage: walking, hiking
On a peninsula where Aquia Creek and the Potomac River meet, Widewater provides access to both bodies of water. The park lies on non-contiguous parcels surrounded by private property. Two parcels are open for access. The park has a visitor center, picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms, canoe-kayak launches and a hiking trail. The park will highlight the area’s natural, historic and recreational resources.
8 a.m. to dusk.
Widewater State Park is in northeastern Stafford County, about 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 20 miles northeast of Fredericksburg. From I-95, take Aquia Harbor Exit 143A, then go north on U.S. 1. Jefferson Davis Hwy. Turn right onto Telegraph Rd (Route 637), and then onto Widewater Rd. (Route 611). Widewater Rd. turns into Arkendale Rd. (Route 633) after about four miles. Turn left onto Brent Point Rd. (Route 658).
The park is in several parcels on Brent Point Rd. Latitude, 38.428475. Longitude, -77.334705.
Drive Time: Northern Virginia, an hour; Richmond, one and a half hours; Tidewater-Norfolk-Virginia Beach, two and a half hours; Roanoke, four hours.