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Not So Urban Athletics: Memorial Day Weekend Camping in Westmoreland State Park
Arguably, we live in the greatest city in the world, but nothing can maintain its greatness if you’re exposed to it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? I’m a pizza lover, but if I was forced to eat it every meal the mere thought of it would make me wretch. What’s the point of this exposition? We all need a change of scenery some time. We’re going to get that change by heading out of town this Memorial day weekend…way out of town. Come join me for a group camp out in northern Virginia’s Westmoreland State Park. The plan… We'll arrive Saturday afternoon at the campground office to check in and head to our group campsite to set up our tents and other gear. From here we can do as much or as little as we'd like. The park offers many opportunities for entertainment. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, snack bar, camp store and power-boat ramp. You'll also find a fishing pier if that’s your thing, kayak and paddle board rentals, a small, picturesque beach, and six miles of trails. Fossil collectors will enjoy hunting for ancient shark teeth along the Potomac. The park is also an excellent site for spotting American bald eagles, ospreys, kingfishers, great blue herons, common terns, green herons and gulls, as well as wintering waterfowl. If you just want to relax, lay out a blanket and have a seat at the park's Horsehead Cliffs, which provide a spectacular view of the Potomac River. If you want to leave the park there are plenty of attractions nearby. Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and boyhood home of two signers of the Declaration of Independence, is five minutes from the park; Washington’s Birthplace (National Monument) is ten minutes away; King’s Dominion amusement park is just an hour away as are the Fredericksburg Civil War Battlefields. What does it cost... Campsite charge will be $25.03 per person for two nights of camping. Click this link to pay. You can also pay via Venmo or you can use Chase QuickPay; send me a message for directions. --Note, you will be moved to the confirmed RSVP list when you submit payment.-- Food plan... To keep it simple, everyone is responsible for bringing what food and snacks they would like to eat and drink. We will be cooking meals Saturday through Monday morning and it will be semi-communal, meaning bring what you would like to eat for yourself but perhaps also enough to share with a few other people. There are fire pits with integrated grills to cook on. Simple to cook but interesting items are best. Other Important Stuff... Rental gear (tents, sleeping bags, etc.) is available at the Tents and Trails store in downtown NYC, Gear to Go Outfitters in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and several REI stores in the NY/NJ area. You are responsible for supplying your own tent, sleeping bag, etc., or arranging a share with someone. The campground has restroom facilities, hot showers, and clean water. How do I get there... Westmoreland State Park is in Northern Virginia, a little more than four hours south of NYC. Use this address for your GPS: Westmoreland State Park 145 Cliff Road Montross, VA 22520 Carpooling to the campground is necessary. When you RSVP, please indicate if need a ride. Or if you plan to drive, where you are coming from and how many passengers you can take. Please be proactive and contact a driver directly rather than just saying where you need a ride from. Gas and tolls will be shared among all the passengers.

Westmoreland State Park (Virginia)

145 Cliff Road · Montross, va


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