Kiptopeke State Park — Cape Charles, VA

On Virginia’s beautiful Eastern Shore, explored by Capt. John Smith in 1608, Kiptopeke offers recreational access to the Chesapeake Bay. The site was named Kiptopeke in honor of the younger brother of a king of the Accawmack Indians who had befriended early settlers to the area.  Kiptopeke means Big Water. It’s also a great place to exploreContinue reading “Kiptopeke State Park — Cape Charles, VA”

Lake Anna State Park

The park has a beach on one of Virginia’s most popular lakes, a fishing pond accessible to children and the disabled, a bathhouse-concessions complex and a boat launch. Overnight stays are made possible by camping, six camping cabins, four yurts, two six-bedroom lodges and 10 two-bedroom cabins. Seven cabins and the lodges have views ofContinue reading “Lake Anna State Park”

Ni River Reservoir Park

Ni Reservoir is a 411-acre Spotsylvania County water supply reservoir located near Chancellorsville.  Location: 10516 Gordon Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553 (The turn into the park comes quickly. We passed it our first time.) Hours: 6 am to dusk — Open Saturday & Sundays beginning March 6, 2021 – March 28, 2021.  Then beginning in AprilContinue reading “Ni River Reservoir Park”

Hunting Run Reservoir

Hunting Run Reservoir is a 420-acre water supply reservoir owned and operated by Spotsylvania County. The lake was stocked by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and opened to fishing by Spotsylvania County in fall 2007. There is one access point near the upper end of the lake off Ely’s Ford Road. The lake hasContinue reading “Hunting Run Reservoir”

Motts Run Reservoir

This 80-acre park was opened in 1974, three years after the completion of the reservoir, and since that time it has seen many changes. In 2000, a water treatment facility was completed near the dam to serve the City of Fredericksburg and parts of Spotsylvania County. In 2004, the log cabin nature center was finished.Continue reading “Motts Run Reservoir”

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”

Osprey Watching at Fredericksburg City Dock

I can’t believe that I’ve lived in the area for several years and have never been to the Fredericksburg City Dock. This historic dock dates back to George Washington’s day. Directly across the river is Ferry Farm where George Washington grew up. During the Battle of Fredericksburg the Union army had to cross the RappahannockContinue reading “Osprey Watching at Fredericksburg City Dock”

Leesylvania State Park

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 andContinue reading “Leesylvania State Park”