Leesylvania is nestled along the tidal shores of the historic Potomac River. Native Americans lived on this land for thousands of years. Capt. John Smith visited the area in 1608 on his voyage of discovery. Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, Leesylvania offers many land and water activities, including hiking, picnicking, fishing and boating. A universally accessible fishing pier, playground, boat launch, boat storage area, snack bar and store, visitor center and gift shop are available. A 20-station fitness trail and canoe and kayak rentals also are available.
Address: 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22191-4504 It’s approximately 30 miles from the Fredericksburg area.
Hours: The park and fishing pier are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The visitor center is open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Breakwater Marina Store is closed.
Cost (per car): $7 during the week/$10 on the weekend/Free for homeschoolers who show their homeschool ID or NOI letter
The contact station is staffed sporadically during the winter. Please be prepared to pay for parking with cash, a check, or a credit card. Parking fees are required at all times. There’s ample paved parking which is nice.
Make sure to look for the Virginia and Maryland state signs when walking along the pier. The water is in Maryland and the park is in Virginia! You can stand with one foot in each state.
This state park has five hiking trails. The longest is almost two miles with the shortest hike only a 1/2 mile.
The Potomac Heritage Trail also crosses through Leesylvania State Park from Neabsco Road. It’s a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail.
Leesylvania is the perfect spot to enjoy the day. It’s so peaceful and there’s so much to do–hiking, boating, biking, playing, and picnicking. Camping is even available. Click HERE for more information about campsites. Leesylvania is definitely worth a visit. You’ll want to keep coming back.