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☷ Stafford County Virginia - Widewater State Park Offers Lots of Summer Fun

☷ Stafford County Virginia - Widewater State Park Offers Lots of Summer Fun

Stafford County , state Virginia
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   Great recreational opportunities abound at Widewater State Park , a gem on Stafford’s Potomac River and Aquia Creek shores . The 1 , 100 - acre park , located on the Widewater Peninsula , is a stop on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail . The park features trails , fishing , canoeing , kayaking , picnic shelters , a playground and a gift shop .
   Shelters
   The park has four picnic shelters ideal for parties , reunions and other gatherings . Each shelter has access to parking , restrooms and a playground . You may reserve the shelters by visiting
   www . reservevaparks . com/web/Facilities/SearchViewUnitAvailabity . aspx
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   Water Recreation
   There is no swimming at Widewater Park as the water is hazardous in the area with swift currents and sudden drop - offs . There are , however , several other options for water fun . There is an excellent largemouth bass fishery . The river is considered fresh at this point . You can fish from the shore and catch catfish , perch and even striped bass . A Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license is required on the Potomac and a Virginia license on Aquia Creek .
   There are two launches suitable for canoes , kayaks and stand - up paddleboards on Aquia Creek and the Potomac River . There are four paddle - in tents - only primitive campsites . Future plans call for a motorboat launch on the Potomac . The park is located on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail , a system of hundreds of miles of water trails starting in New York , running through Pennsylvania , Maryland , Delaware , West Virginia and Virginia .   
   Trails and Wildlife Watching
   There are two one - mile hiking trails . One is a loop around the visitor center and runs along Aquia Creek and Long Pond sections . Holly Marsh Trail connects with Long Pond Trail and provides access to the Potomac Picnic Area . Abundant wildlife may be seen from both trails .
   Educational and Interpretive Opportunities
   The park holds educational programs and events throughout the year . Upcoming events include National Kids to Parks Day on May 21 , a couple of Junior Rangers days , and a Clean the Bay Day on June 6 . On weekends , there are also “roving Rangers” roaming the picnic areas with cool stuff to share from 1:00 p . m . to 3:00 p . m .
   Widewater State Park is located at 101 Widewater State Park Road , Stafford , VA 22554 . More information on Widewater State Park and other state parks may be found at
   www . dcr . virginia . gov
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