Last week we spent some time visiting parks in Woodbridge, VA. Howison Homestead Park is managed by Prince William County Park Authority. This park was a lot of fun and my boys especially loved the train themed playground equipment.
Address: 14716 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, VA
Howison Homestead Park has three soccer fields, two picnic pavilions, concession stands with restrooms, a train themed playground, as well as another playground, a digger and a see-saw. The train themed playground is surrounded by a sand like floor and is built like a train, has a sliding board, steering wheel instead and a tunnel to crawl through. In the area of the train playground there is also a small digger that you can maneuver on your own to pick up and discard sand. My boys really enjoyed making “sand” piles, while the other crashed them. The other playground has mulch on the ground. This play area has a few climbing areas, a large slide and a regular slide. This area also has the see-saw. There are two benches and a nice little sitting area that overlooks both play grounds.
Just past the playground is one of the park pavilions with two picnic tables. The other pavilion is just behind the concession stands and bathrooms. There are also three different soccer fields that have different leagues throughout the year.
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.
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….:)
Rippon Landing Neighborhood Park in Woodbridge, VA is a natural park with hiking trails, picnic pavilion, tot lot, sand volleyball court, and horseshoe pits. The picnic pavilion use is a first come first serve basis, no reservations are available. In addition to the park, the Rippon Lodge Historic Site is located across the street. The Rippon Lodge Historic Site is open for tours and events. Check out the calendar and find out how you can tour and learn about the Historic home situated between the Neabsco Creek and Route 1. The road that the park and home are situated off of is named after the original owner, Richard Blackburn. Blackburn was a landowner in the 1700’s that grew tobacco, wheat and other crops.
To reach the park you need to park at the corner of Blackburn & Rippon Blvd in the gravel parking lot. The porta potty is located in the parking lot a small distance from the picnic pavilion & playground area. From the parking lot just head out onto the paved path. Here you can choose to head either down the gravel hiking trails towards the wetlands or continue onto to the playground area. The playground area has a large piece of newer play equipment & musical instruments that are part of the play set. A picnic pavilion is located right next to the playground area, sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits.
We headed out on the trails but didn’t get as far as we could since it had just rained but the boys got to see the marshland and some wildlife. We saw a few snakes and lots of waterfowl. There are a few geocaches that you can find in the park if you’re into geocaching. If you live in the Woodbridge/Dumfries area of Prince William County you should check out Rippon Landing Neighborhood Park!
***PICNIC PAVILION RENTAL INFO*** EVEN THOUGH IT STATES ANY PARKS NOT LISTED ON PAGE ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS PLEASE CHECK WITH THE COUNTY BECAUSE FOLKS CAN RESERVE THE PAVILION AT THE VETERAN COMMUNITY CENTER. Thank you to nice person who messaged us about this….:)
Today I was in the Woodbridge area scoping out some neighborhoods for a client and on the way we stopped at several parks. Our first stop was Lake Ridge Park & Marina. The park overlooks Occoquan Reservoir and has a 9-hole golf course, mini golf course, playground, marina and hiking trails.
We loved this park. The boys had a great time sitting down by the dock watching the fish and geese then hiking on the wooded trails. After lunch we walked over to the playground along a dirt trail. You can also just park by the playground which is down from the Par 3 golf course and right next door to the mini golf course. The mini golf course was not open due to maintenance. The playground didn’t have much shade over the equipment but there is shade for the kids to get out of the heat. Restrooms are located down by the marina. At the Marina you can rent paddle boats, canoes and fishing boats for a fee. Along with the rentals there is a snack bar. There is a lauch ramp for personal boats and you just pay your lauch fee down at the Marina. No swimming is allowed in the Reservoir but you can catch and release fish.
We loved this natural park. The Lake Ridge area of Woodbridge is a great place to live especially with the great natural parks in the area.
A few months ago we headed out to Woodbridge, VA to check out Veterans Memorial Regional Park! This park has something for everyone. The park sits next to the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Prince William County and has lots of natural hiking trails. The Veteran Memorial Park Community Center is part of the park as well.
In addition to the cute little playground, the park has a pool, rental picnic pavilions, horseshoe pits, skatepark, baseball, softball, soccer, football fields, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. The recreation center also includes indoor basketball court. The playground was in good condition with a small piece of equipment, toddler and regular swings. Restrooms are available inside the community center right near the park and porta potties are located throughout the park.
The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail runs through the park and a trail entrance is just off the main road that runs through the park. The trail head is marked by the green square on a post. It was a nice hike but I would not recommend taking a wagon or a stroller on the path.
This was a very nice park with many things to do. If you live in Prince William County or if you’re looking for a new place to hike check out Veteran Memorial Regional Park in Woodbridge, VA!