Leesylvania State Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 7 Mile Hike
Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , VA
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Holiday Weekend in Leesylvania State Park and Optional Post Hike Meal at Water’s Edge Restaurant Along the Water! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 7 Miles
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 original 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 State Park has a large visitor center featuring historic and nature displays.
Seasonal Note For Summer: There is an excellent wading area into the river at this park, so you can bring your swimsuit and go for a splash after the hike! Recommend wearing water shoes or old sneakers if going in the water by the shore. Hammocks also recommended, the entire path along the water is shaded, and often people set up hammocks to relax, also sold at the park store if you don't have one already (about $25). The park store also sells slushies to help cool you down and keep you hydrated!
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cherry Hill, VA
Length: 7 total miles
Scenery: Wooded uplands, wetlands, river and beach views
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate
Trail Surface: Mostly dirt; also some boardwalk, pavement, gravel, pebbles, stairs, forested trails, and sand
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 (http://www.midatlantichiking.com/pages/Trail_Notes_for_Leesylvania_State_Park/)
Park fee is per vehicle and not per person and is for up to 8 people in the same vehicle.
All days excluding holidays and prime season weekends: in-state — $4.00. Out of state — $5.00. Holidays and prime-season weekends only: $7.00 per vehicle.
Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.
We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Dumfries+VA+USVA0233?role=) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the Comments section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and/or offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
(Metro) VA East Area Carpool Suggestion - Vienna/Fairfax Area METRO Station
To carpool or caravan from Vienna/Fairfax area, people can arrange to meet at the Fairfax Area METRO Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions_to_Vienna-Fairfax_Metro_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular location, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions%3A_Leesylvania_State_Park/) to Where We Meet for this Hike
Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
Hike Time is 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:15 a.m.
Carpool Time from Vienna Metro Station — 9:00 a.m.
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A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!
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