Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge, VA!

Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge, VA!

Today we headed out to Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge, VA. It was a beautiful day to head out by the water to play on the beach, hike the trails and check out the Visitor Center. There is an admission fee of $5 for a single car. The Virginia State Park has many activities including boating, fishing, picnicking and hiking. For picnic shelter rental click here for more information.

Address: 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22191-4504

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The picnic area of the park has 1/2 mile of sandy beach where you can wade into the water but there is no swimming due to the amount of boats and unknown hazards on the bottom of the river. The four picnic shelters can be rented for gatherings as well as a large open area. Indoor restrooms are available near the Visitor Center. Near the picnic area you’ll find the Visitor Center which has a neat Discovery Room where the kids can touch almost everything and learn about the animals that inhabit the park. On the other end of the Visitor Center is a small gift shop and Historic displays.





The park also includes a boat launch where you can launch both motorized and non-motorized boats. Fishing can be done both on the pier and by boat with a VA or MD fishing license. The only camping that can be done at Leesylvania State Park is tents-only primitive camping for large groups. Hiking is another big activity at the park with 5 trails to get lost on, click here for a trail map. The boys and I headed out onto the Powell’s Creek Trail and had a lot of fun. We saw of course a ton of cicada and squirrels but we were lucky enough to see a few deer near the trail. If you’re into geocaching this park has a ton of hidden caches for you to find.


Leesylvania State Park is a great park. If you live in Northern Virginia this is a must see park. We didn’t make it to the small playground that is part of the park but the kids were just too tired to check it out….:)


Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA!

Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA!

This past weekend my husband and I were out in Fauquier County and stopped by Sky Meadows State Park for some hiking. It was a bit chilly but once we got started we warmed right up. The State Park has a daily parking fee and for other fees click here. This 1,864-acre park has historic Mount Bleak Home which gives visitors a glimpse of a middle class farm family living in the 1860’s. Park nature programs are available from Spring to Fall. The park offers beautiful equestrian and hiking trails and a trialhead to the Appalachian Trail.

Address: 11012 Edmonds Lane  Delaplane, Virginia 20144

The hubby and I had a great time hitting the trails and checking out the Mount Bleak House. We did do a little bit of geo-caching before we got too cold. If you’re hitting the trails for the day you can just pay a small parking fee. But if you’re looking for a longer stay they do offer camp sites. If you’re into fishing, Turner Pond is also available for for fishing as long as you have a fishing license.

Sky Meadows State Park is a beautiful park and if you love to be outside in nature it’s a great place to the take the family!