Walnut Hill Farm @ Elm Springs LLC

Farm Chores 101 Farm Chores 101 is a fun morning of feeding and watering the barnyard animals, collecting eggs, holding baby goats, catching chickens, driving the RTV, lots of picture taking, and much, much more. This is approximately a three-hour program, and there is an associated $8.00 fee. This event is limited to 10 participants,Continue reading “Walnut Hill Farm @ Elm Springs LLC”

Stafford Civil War Park

This 41-acre park tells the story of the Army of the Potomac’s Winter Encampment in 1863. More than 135,000 soldiers occupied Stafford County while their new commander, General Joseph Hooker rebuilt his army.  This critical time has been referred to in soldier’s letters as “The Union Army’s Valley Forge.”  The Stafford Civil War Park preserves 3 earthen artillery fortifications, manyContinue reading “Stafford Civil War Park”

Lake Mooney

This 520-acre reservoir opened in 2014. Three years later in 2017, it opened to public fishing. The lake name (originally Rocky Pen Reservoir for its impounded stream) was changed to honor the late Stafford Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jason Mooney.  The reservoir is steep sided and deep with moderate residential development along shorelines and features abundantContinue reading “Lake Mooney”

Belmont — Gari Melchers Home and Studio

He was one of the most successful painters of his time, sought out by the rich and famous. She was a beautiful, young art student, and his biggest fan. They fell in love on an ocean liner and spent their lives sharing art. The story of Gari and Corinne Melchers lives on in their home,Continue reading “Belmont — Gari Melchers Home and Studio”

Crow’s Nest

Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve is a large wilderness area (approximately 3,000 acres) located on the southern border of Stafford County, Virginia, between Potomac Creek and Accokeek Creek.  The preserve is named after a black sailing ship called The Crow that once docked in the Potomac Creek during the 1800’s. Crow’s Nest was also occupiedContinue reading “Crow’s Nest”

Widewater State Park

Widewater State Park officially opened up in 2019. It’s a pretty park with nice river views. There are large picnic shelters (at least one handicapped-accessible), a playground, boat launch, and a nice visitor center with restrooms. However, if you’re into hiking, the only trail through the park totals 1 mile. 101 Widewater State Park RdStafford,Continue reading “Widewater State Park”

Government Island

Government Island is our go-to hiking spot for company and newcomers. First of all, it’s FREE and mostly stroller friendly! We’ve been going here since the boardwalk trail opened over ten years ago. Government Island is a historic peninsula in Stafford which boasts a 1.5 mile trail. The first two trail segments are handicap accessible.Continue reading “Government Island”