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Westmoreland State Park, Colonial Beach

(4.5/5 based on 140 reviews on the web)
Westmoreland State Park lies within Westmoreland County, from which it takes its name. The park extends about one and a half miles along the Potomac River, and its 1,311 acres neighbor the former homes of both George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The park’s Horsehead Cliffs provide visitors with a spectacular view of the Potomac River. In addition to the scenic beauty at Westmoreland, the park offers hiking, camping, cabins, fishing, boating and swimming. Visitors can enjoy the park’s vacation cabins as well. The visitor center, open during summer, gives an informative historical and ecological perspective to an important natural area on the coastal plain. Westmoreland also offers the Murphy Hall Conference Center and the Potomac River Retreat, which is an upscale overnight accommodation.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Westmoreland State Park offers camp sites and cabins for rent if you wish to stay in the park. It also has a lovely house with fully equipped kitchen and plenty of room for family gatherings or busine...  more »
  • I had been here when I was a young boy with my mother and now I enjoy going back with my children. This is a very unique location and has a lot of surprises in store if you manage to get here, don't m...  more »
  • We went to have a picnic and to enjoy the beach. Beach was a bit rocky but it did not bother us. We also were looking for shells and shark teeth. Fun for all.  more »
Google
  • Great place to camp. Good sites and restrooms. The fossil beach and pool added to the enjoyment. Great views of the Potomac. One thing of note, some camp sites are secluded while others are out in the open. We were lucky enough to get a nice secluded area while other groups were not. Recommend planning ahead to reserve the best location available.
  • My family had a wonderful time here last Labor Day weekend. We stayed in a cabin, swam, hiked, hunted for fossils, roasted marshmallows. The naturalists were very knowledgable, and they led a fantastic night hike focusing on senses. Very educational. I can't wait to take my Girl Scout troop here some year!
  • I took my kayak into the new "paddle-in" campsites just west of the magnificent Horsehead Cliffs. The sites are among the trees just above the beach, and they have a spectacular view across the water. Note that they can only be reserved by people who use kayaks/canoes to get to the park from the water. The special use permit was no hassle, and I look forward to using them again.
  • This is a lovely, uncrowded place to explore. The fossil beach is great and we were able to find several really nice shark teeth, ray plates, and fossilized bone fragments. The cliffs on the Potomac are stunning.
  • Nice hike to fossil Beach. Very clean! Only complaint is now if you come from out of state you have to pay a higher fee. So not fair! We live in Maryland and we already have to pay $6 to cross the bridge. And now $9 to enter the park...very disappointed