Caroline parks

Caroline Recreational Park, 19127 County Park Drive, Milford, behind Caroline High School. Ballfields, tennis courts, outdoor basketball court, playground, picnic shelter, trail, skate park.

Ladysmith Park, 7278 Ladysmith Road, next to old Ladysmith Elementary School. Ballfields, basketball court, walking track. (Park is still being developed.)

Lowe-Massey Park, 16403 Dawn Blvd., Hanover, behind Dawn Progressive Center. Ballfield, outdoor basketball court, playground, picnic shelter.

Robert Farmer Park, 16221 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, behind the old Bowling Green Elementary. Ballfield, outdoor basketball court, playground, picnic shelter, walking track.

Fredericksburg parks

ALUM SPRING PARK, Greenbrier Drive off William Street. Wooded park offers hiking, picnicking and playground. Hazel Run flows through it. Open daily from dawn to dusk.

CANAL PATH/HERITAGE TRAIL: Canal Path, a paved pathway, is 1.8 miles long and and winds along the canal from Fall Hill Avenue to Princess Anne Street. Heritage Trail is a 1.6-mile stretch that connects the two parts of the Canal Path.

CITY DOCK PARK, Sophia Street extended. Offers two boat ramps to the Rappahannock River, fishing pier and ample parking.

DIXON PARK, 1300 Dixon St. This 46-acre park features athletic fields, outdoor swimming pool, playground equipment, 1.5 miles of trails, restrooms and nature preserve areas. The Jogging/ Walking Trail is paved. Park is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 1 to Oct. 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 to March 31.

DOG PARK: On Kenmore Avenue near Mary Ball Street, this special fenced-in area is for city residents and their pets only. The park is designed for dogs 4 months and older. Open daily dawn to dusk.

FREDERICKSBURG BATTLEFIELD, visitors center on Lafayette Boulevard. Civil War points of interest in park setting.

HURKAMP PARK, corner of William and Prince Edward streets, features fountain, grassy area, brick sidewalks and benches. Home to the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, which is open year-round from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

MAURY PLAYGROUND, off William Street at Kenmore Avenue, offers playground, basketball court and picnic tables. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

MEMORIAL RECREATION PARK, Kenmore Avenue, has six tennis courts that are lit from dusk to 10 p.m., pickleball and additional tennis courts, an open play area, children’s playground and a toddler’s playground. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

MOTTS RUN RESERVOIR, 6600 River Road in Spotsylvania (540/786-8989). The 860-acre natural area, including the 160-acre reservoir, is a haven for fishing, canoeing, hiking, and picnicking. Valid fishing license required. Bait available for purchase. No swimming, horseback riding, or all-terrain vehicles permitted. Mountain biking is allowed only on designated trails. Park features orienteering course, nature center (open weekend afternoons only) and boat rentals. Open Thursdays–Mondays, April 1 –Oct. 31 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If the weather is questionable, call before coming, 540/786-8989.

OLD MILL PARK, adjacent to the Rappahannock River, is off Caroline Street near the Falmouth Bridge. Offers soccer fields and open play areas as well as picnic shelters, playground and restrooms. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 1–Oct. 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1–March 31.

OLD WALKER-GRANT SCHOOL, 200 Gunnery Road. Open playing fields, lighted basketball court and a children’s play area. Open until 10 p.m.

POWHATAN PARK, Powhatan Street off Cowan Boulevard. Playground, grassy area.

RIVERFRONT PARK, Sophia Street between Charlotte and Hanover streets. Open daily 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

SNOWDEN PLAYGROUND, Fall Hill Avenue near Heritage Park Apartments. Basketball courts, a small playground and a ballfield.

W.L. HARRIS PARK, Tyler Street. Covered shelter, lighted basketball courts, grassy area and playground structure.

King George County parks

Barnesfield Park, 3360 Barnesfield Road.  Picnic shelters, playground, outside basketball court, three softball fields (one with lights), Little League field, two multi-purpose fields, horseshoes, exercise trails.

Cedell Brooks Jr. Park, 11259 Henry Griffin Road. One baseball field, two multi-purpose fields, playground, walking path.

King George Tennis Center, 8246 Dahlgren Road, between the middle and high schools. Six tennis courts.

Sealtson Sports Complex, 11050 Fletchers Chapel Road. One baseball field, two softball fields (one lighted), one Little League Field (lighted), five soccer fields, large picnic shelter. 

Wayside Park, 3435 Roseland Road. A 10-acre park site on the Potomac River off U.S. 301 at the Nice Memorial Bridge. Several picnic tables, two grills and 100 yards of beach.

Spotsylvania County Parks

Arritt Park, 9718 Wallers Road, Partlow, 26.5 acres. Amenities: baseball small diamond (2), picnic area (2), pond, playground, restrooms, multi-purpose field.

Chewning Park, 13013 Post Oak Road, Spotsylvania, 10 Acres. Amenties: baseball small diamond (2), multi-purpose field, picnic area, playground, restrooms.

Cosner Park, 1 H.C.C. Drive, Fredericksburg, 11 acres. Amenities: baseball small diamond (2), basketball outdoor courts (2), multi-purpose field, playground, lighted tennis courts (2), picnic area, community center.

Harrison Road Park, 5917 Harrison Road, Fredericksburg, 22 acres. Amenities: baseball large diamond, multi-purpose field (2), playground.

Hunting Run Recreation Area—9701 Elys Ford Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 (Directions)—20 Acres Special Use Park (Amenities: Boat Rental (March-October), Boat Launch Area (March-October), Fishing (March-October), Fishing Dock) (More Information)

Lee Hill Park—9910 Lee Hill Park Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408 (Directions)—20 Acres Community Park (Amenities: Baseball Small Diamond, Baseball Small Diamond Lighted, Restrooms)

Loriella Park—10910 Leavells Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 (Directions)—208 Acres Districk Park (Amenities: Baseball Small Diamond, Baseball Small Diamond Lighted, Baseball Large Diamond Lighted, Trail 2.9 miles, Multi-Purpose Field-3, Playground, Swimming Pool, Lighted Tennis Courts-4, Disc Golf Course, Picnic Area-2, Restrooms-4)

Marshall Park—8525 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553 (Directions)—25 Acres Community Park (Amenities: Baseball Small Diamond, Baseball Small Diamond Lighted, Basketball Outdoor Courts Lighted-2, Playground, Restrooms, Multi-Purpose Field)

Marshall Center/Legion Fields Park—8800 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania VA 22553 (Directions)—24 Acres Community Park (Amenities: Track, Multi-Purpose Field, Small Diamond Lighted, Large Diamond Lighted, Multi-Purpose Field Lighted)

Mary Lee Carter Park—9901 Benchmark Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408 (Directions)—4 Acres Community Park (Amentities: Multi-Purpose Field, Trail .2 Miles, Playground, Picnic Area)

Ni River Recreation Area—10516 Gordon Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553 (Directions)—5 Acres Special Use (Amenities: Picnic Area, Restrooms, Boat Rental (March-October), Launch Area (March-October), Fishing (March-October)) (More Information)

Patriot Park—5710 Smith Station Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 (Directions)—131 Acres District Park (Amenities: Baseball Small Diamonds-2, Baseball Large Diamonds-4, Basketball Outdoor Courts-2, Trail 3.1 Miles, Multi-Purpose Fields-6, Amphitheater, Restrooms-3)

Virginia Central Trail—5917 Harrison Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 (Directions)—5.4 Acres Special Use (Amenities: Trails 1.2 & .9 Miles)

RESERVOIRS

Ni River Recreational Area, 10516 Gordon Road is open Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday through Oct. 8 and on Independence Day. Fishing is available (state fishing license is required). The facility has boat rentals, or you may launch your own. No gasoline motors allowed. The 5-acre recreation area also has a picnic shelter. Enjoy approximately 410 acres of water. For fees, call 540/786-2284.

Hunting Run Recreational Area, 9701 Elys Ford Road, is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 7 and on Independence Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day. Fishing is available (state fishing license and access permits are required). The facility has boat rentals, or you may launch your own. Gasoline engines may be on a vessel but no fuel tank or fuel may be connected to motor and no part of motor can be in contact with water at any time while on Hunting Run Reservoir. Enjoy approximately 430 acres of water. For fees, call 540/548-2013.

Motts Run Reservoir, 6600 River Road, is open Thursdays through Mondays through Oct. 31 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Nature Center is open weekends from noon to 5 p.m. If the weather is questionable, call before comin: 540/786-8989. Officials reserve the right to close the reservoir early. The 860-acre natural area, including the 160-acre reservoir, is a haven for fishing, canoeing, hiking, and picnicking. It also serves the residents of Fredericksburg and parts of Spotsylvania County with drinking water. It is managed by Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation.

Stafford County parks

Aquia Landing, 2846 Brooke Road. Popular beach with Potomac River on one side and Aquia Creek on the other offers three picnic pavilions, grills, a small beach, fishing and historical markers. State fishing license required to fish.

Autumn Ridge Park, 900 Eustace Road. Ballfields, small picnic pavilion, playground.

Carl Lewis Community Center, 154 Telegraph Road. Ballfield, community building.

Chichester Park, 125 Ralph Williams Driver. Five diamond fields, large picnic pavilion, grills, hiking/jogging trails, inclusive playground.

Courthouse Community Center, 29 Stafford Avenue, Stafford Courthouse. Gymnasium used for volleyball, basketball, classes and more.

Curtis Memorial Park, 58 Jesse Curtis Lane. Hiking trails, picnic pavilions, grills, playground, open field, amphitheater, two sand volleyball courts, Olympic size swimming pool with diving area, zero-depth entry wading pool with water umbrella, tennis courts, skateboard park, disc golf course, 91-acre fishing lake, 18-hole golf course.

Duff McDuff Green Park, 75 James Ashby Parkway. Two multi-purpose fields, three diamond fields, picnic pavilions, playground, dog park, foot pool game, corn hold, nature trails and an overlook of Rappahannock River.

Embrey Mill Park, 1600 Mine Road. Six lighted multi-purpose fields (four are turf), playground. Two more fields are planned.

Government Island, 191 Coal Landing Road. Historic quarry site that provided Aquia sandstone for construction of the White House and U.S. Capitol. Trail, creeks, wetlands. No fishing.

Historic Port of Falmouth and River Road Park, 401 River Road. Beach, fishing, picnic areas, grills, rugby field. Call 540/658-5019 for seasonal fishing information.

Patawomeck Park, 25 Chopawamsic Parkway. Diamond and multi-purpose fields, playground, open space, picnic pavilion, grills.

Pratt Park, 120 River Road. Celebration Stage, picnic pavilions, grills, basketball courts, tennis courts, disc golf course, horseshoe pit, gravel track, walking/biking trail, nature trails, playground, diamond and multi-purpose fields.

Smith Lake Park, 370 Doc Stone Road. The 17-acre site features three lighted diamond fields, two turf multi-purpose fields, picnic pavilions, paved trails, playground.

St. Clair Brooks Memorial Park, 80 Butler Road. The nearly 80-acre, mostly wooded park includes a picnic pavilion, grills, nature trails, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pit, skate park, playground, two diamond fields.

Stafford Civil War Park, 400 Mt. Hope Church Road. Historic site hosted Union troops after 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. Trails and historic markers throughout 41-acre park.

Willowmere Park, 21 Willowmere Pond Road, four diamond fields, three multi-purpose fields, picnic pavilion, playground and walking trail.

Woodlands Pool, 2 Northampton Blvd. The 50-meter by 50-yard pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

State parks

Caledon State Park: A National Natural Landmark known for old-growth forest and summer home to one of the largest concentrations of American bald eagles on the East Coast, Caledon attracts bird watchers of all ages. Trails, including Boyd’s Hole Trail, which leads to the Potomac River, are open year-round. A visitor center with bald eagle exhibits, two picnic areas, a picnic shelter and restrooms also are available. Caledon offers special events, kayaking, hiking and educational programming. 11617 Caledon Road, King George; 540/663-3861; dcr.virginia.gov/ state_parks/cal.shtml

Lake Anna State Park: The park at 6800 Lawyers Road is open from dawn until dusk 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, two six-bedroom lodges and 10 two-bedroom cabins. Seven cabins and the lodges have views of the lake. With more than 15 miles of trails, the park offers many hiking, biking and horseback riding options. Visitor center exhibits trace the history of the area’s gold mining and highlight the park’s natural features. Nature and gold panning programs are popular, and the park offers guided tours of the Goodwin Gold Mine. Note: Day-use parking areas near the beach and picnic areas fill up rapidly when the summer weather is nice on weekends and holidays. When this happens, park staff close the park road to additional traffic until enough parking spots have been vacated. Park closure may remain in effect until 4 p.m. Anglers may access the park’s boat ramp as early as 5:30 a.m. Lights have been added to help with early and late boat ramp activity. An automatic gate allows campers to exit the boat ramp area and return to the campground after hours.

Westmoreland State Park: On the Potomac River’s Northern Neck, this park offers many opportunities for family fun. It has an Olympic-size swimming pool and an adjacent bathhouse, kayak rentals and programs, meeting area, snack bar, camp store and power-boat ramp. You’ll also find a visitor center, campgrounds, camping cabins, a fishing pier, boat rentals and six miles of trails. Year-round educational programming. Fossil collectors enjoy hunting for ancient shark teeth along the Potomac. The park’s Horsehead Cliffs provide visitors with a spectacular view of the Potomac River. Offshore breakwaters are great for fishing. Westmoreland also offers the Murphy Hall Conference Center and the Potomac River Retreat, which is an upscale overnight accommodation. 145 Cliff Road, Montross; 804/493- 8821; dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/wes.shtml

National parks

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park has four major Civil War Battlefields and several related historic buildings. The park is rich in history and scenic beauty, with miles and miles of walking trails. For more information, visit nps.gov/frsp and on Facebook @FredericksburgSpotsylvaniaNMP.

George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Popes Creek, State Route 204 off State Route 3 in Westmoreland County. Set on Westmoreland County’s beautiful Popes Creek, these 550 acres preserve part of the Washington family’s plantation, settled in 1657. The “father of our country” was born here in 1732. Today, the site includes an obelisk, a memorial house built in 1931, a Colonial living farm, the family graveyard, a Potomac River beach, picnic spots and forest walks. 804/224-1732; nps.gov/gewa.

Prince William Forest Park, located in Prince William and Stafford counties, is the largest protected natural area in Northern Virginia. The park features approximately 40 miles of trails, protects more than 14,000 acres of Eastern Piedmont forest and much of the Quantico Creek watershed, and maintains the largest collection of Civilian Conservation Corps structures available for public use in the National Park System. This forested oasis along Virginia’s I-95 corridor, allows people to explore nature and history from trails, historic cabin camps, RV campgrounds, backcountry campsites, and an 8-mile scenic drive. For more information, visit nps.gov/prwi and on Facebook @prwinps.

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