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Westmoreland State Park, Colonial Beach

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#25 of 68 in Nature in Virginia
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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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  • We were in campground A. it was quiet and clean. We walked around to campground B, and it was not as quiet. We walked to the beach -- don't do that if you're older or have heart problems. It's a steep...  more »
  • Beautiful park. Nice gift shop. Clean and level picnic area. Great campgrounds for all sizes and camping preferences!  more »
  • Wonderful staff! Nice cabins with all you need. Most diffidently go to fossil beach and watch the sun come up!  more »
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  • Great place to take the family camping. Sites are great. All gravel, they do not want you camping G in the grass areas. With that said, some sites are better than others. Campground A was great, u sure about and C. Bath and laundry rooms. Well kept. They cleaned them at least once maybe more each day. Less than a 3 minute walk from anywhere in A. The conservation police rolled through the sites at least twice and hour. The grounds are very well kept. Fossil Beach was a blast. The hiking trails are very well maintained. The boathouse and ramp were great. The camp store was stocked. The discovery center was educational for kids and adults. Everywhere is dog friendly (except pool for obvious reasons). Now for the bad (ish). The main beach is nice but the water was pretty dirty when we went. For a lack of better terms, it was a bit ghetto. Folks grabbed picnic tables and tossed their stuff there and left for the pool or elsewhere hogging the space all day. The pool is huge, but crowded and fairly dirty. Kids were raucous. Fossil Beach is the best option. 1/2 mile walk to some relaxation. They have cabins which seemed nice and little shacks too. Not bad for those not into tent life. All in all a great park. They do a fantastic job. Check in is first come first serve, so get there as early as you can. Snag a good site. Fire wood there is 6 bucks a bundle and it is a good bundle. Ice is $3 for a small bag. They also have a bunch of activities for kids and families. Can't wait to return.
  • Beautiful park on the Potomac I didn't even know existed. Attended an outdoor wedding and there were at least two bald eagles flying immediately overhead. Camp sites and cabins seemed really nice too.
  • Outstanding park. Clean. Friendly staff. Neat "Fossil Beach" where you can go to find a few sharks teeth, and an excellent five mile walking path. We go to Westmoreland at least two or three times per year and always enjoy ourselves.
  • This park is the backdrop for a lovely summer memory. Friendly and helpful staff, plenty of recreational activities and lots of shady walking trails. The bathroom facilities could use a good cleaning and overall update and the pool was nice ... but with all the activity it was a bit dirty. There was a bit of a rough crowd at the beach area ... i.e.: music dropping the f'bomb and racial epithets being thrown around. Other than that, we enjoyed ourselves and will definitely head back one day soon.
  • Beautiful park! We found lots of shark teeth at Fossil Beach and we had a great day of hiking - my only issue is that the Turkey Neck trail had some maintenance issues like broken stairs. Watch your step!