Easy Side of Moderate 7 Miles in Beautiful Leesylvania State Park and Optional Post Hike Meal at Water's Edge Restaurant Along the Water!
Leesylvania State Park lies on a small peninsula poking into the Potomac River only about 25 miles southwest of Washington.
Leesylvania State Park's trails are short, easy to hike, and most of all fun! You will find a virtual textbook worth of American history along the Lee's Woods Historic Trail. The bluff on Freestone Point was the site of a civil War artillery. There is a quite side to the park as well, a place along Powell's Creek Nature Trail where you can learn the natural story of a small Potomac River tributary.
The parks landscape features wooded uplands, wetlands, coastal bluffs, a sandy beach, and of course - hiking trails. Trees and wildflowers flourish, as do deer, beavers, and other four-footed creatures. Fauna watchers, though, mostly prize its eagles, ospreys, ducks, cormorants, and herons. The park picnic area features ½-mile of natural sand beach on the Potomac River. Swimming from the shore is not allowed, but wading is, so in warmer weather it is most inviting to enjoy a dip. The park has five hiking trails passing through rich natural and historical features of the Potomac. The park also includes a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and also boasts many scenic overlooks of the Potomac including one on the remains of a Civil War Confederate gun battery at Freestone Point. Leesylvania has a large visitor center featuring historic and nature displays. © Copyright 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
The pace for this hike will be that of an average hiker: about 2.5 mph
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cherry Hill, VA
Length: 7 total miles
Scenery: Wooded uplands, wet-lands, river and beach views
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Skill Level: Easy Side of Moderate
Duration: 3.5 - 4.5 hours
Trail Surface: Mostly dirt; also some boardwalk, pavement, gravel, pebbles, stairs, forested trails and sand
Season: Best in late fall, winter, and early spring when the crowds thin out and bare trees allow for better views of the water. However, in the summer this is a fantastic area for a hike followed by a picnic and a dip in the water.
Local Maps: USGS Quantico, Indian Head
Topo Map: Leesylvania State Park Topographic Map
Facilities: Toilets and water near trailhead; toilets, water, phone, warm-season food store on riverfront; water at Freestone Point
Concessions: The park store only operates from April through October. It features a snack bar offering pizza, sandwiches, breakfast items, ice cream and cold drinks. Groceries, marine gasoline and oil, bait and tackle, t-shirts, hats and souvenirs are also available during that time. The marina store has a boat pump-out station and bathrooms with showers. Gas is available (pay at the pump) all year, 24 hours a day. The park also offers sailboat rentals through a private concessionaire
Trail Notes for Leaders
Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette Click here to review our policies
We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead.
Here are some suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.
There are 2 suggested carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, you can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
VA Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, you can arrange to meet at the Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station. Click here for directionsto Metro Vienna GMU Station in Fairfax, VA. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to Where We Meet for the Hike
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet.
Hike Time is 9:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 7:15 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from Vienna Metro Station is 8:00 a.m.
Park Entrance Fee
There is a park entrance fee of $5 on weekends. Park fee is per vehicle and not per person for and is for up to 6 people in the same vehicle.
Optional Post Hike Meal and Menu
We will have an optional post hike meal at Waters Edge, 13188 Marina Way, Woodbridge, VA 22191. Click Here to see a menu to get an idea for their offerings and prices if you would like to check it out before deciding to attend.
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back for optimum safety on the trail, which helps make sure that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
A Leashed Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
Please take the hike leaders number with you and enjoy the hike!