Westmoreland State Park
Montross, VA
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Brief Description: 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 1,299 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 Potomac River Retreat.

Location / Directions:

Facing the Potomac River, the park is six miles northwest of Montross and just off Route 3.

From Fredericksburg (I-95), take Rt. 3 east, go about 40 miles to the park's entrance, turning left onto Rt. 347.

From Tappahannock, take U.S. 360 East to Warsaw. Turn left onto Rt. 3 west at the second stop light. Stay on this road until about six miles past Montross. Turn right into the park's entrance on Rt. 347.

Driving Directions
Address: Westmoreland State Park
1650 State Park Road
Montross, VA 22520-9717
Visitor Phone: (804) 493-8821
E-mail: westmoreland@dcr.virginia.gov

Fishing in the saltwater of the Potomac River is available year-round. A valid Maryland or Virginia saltwater fishing license is required when fishing from a boat. If fishing from the pier or shore, no fishing license is required. Power boats are permitted, and a boat ramp is available along with a boathouse that sells gas, ice, bait and other fishing supplies. Paddleboats and rowboats can be rented Memorial Day through Labor Day. The swimming pool is also open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Interpretive programs include: conducted and self-guided walks, evening and children’s programs, and the Virginia’s State Parks: Your Backyard Classrooms program. The seven trails in the park include self-guiding interpretive trails, and in all cover over six miles. Hikers can observe the flora and wildlife present on the coastal plain. The park’s location next to the Potomac River allows visitors to see how the changing river level affects the land. The park has a new trail that offers a stunning view of the Potomac River . The park also has overnight camping, by reservation, and picnicking.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Boat Access Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking Swimming Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: Park is open year-round with the peak season lasting from Memorial Day to Labor Day
Fees: $3 per car weekdays and $4 weekends during the main season (April 1 - Oct 31) and $3 all days during the winter.
Visitor Facilities: The picnic area, overlooking the Potomac River, has tables, shelters, restroom facilities and fire grills. Visitor Center exhibits include marine, bird and other wildlife displays. A collection of sharks’ teeth is also on display.Camping/Cabin Rates: Rental rates for cabins and camping vary by season, offering and park.
Size: 1,299 acres

Parking lots have a ramp entrance, and all restrooms and showers are accessible. The campground has reserved parking and accessible restrooms and showers.

The park office and store are fully accessible. Visitor center has reserved parking and ramp entrance.

Pool: Reserved parking (100 yards from pool, level concrete walkway from parking lot to pool), lift available at pool. Playground has reserved parking and a level grass access to playground.

Website: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/parks/westmore.htm

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