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|Brief Description:||Leesylvania State Park, the ancestral home of the Lee family, sits along the Potomac River, south of Washington, DC. Today the park offers a range of recreational activities and beautiful views of the river, one of the Chesapeake's largest tributaries. But the park also has a long and fascinating history.
Situated on "Freestone Point," referring to the sandstone which early settlers took from the property for building purposes, the park lands were once part of Leesylvania Plantation. Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee III, a revolutionary war colonel and father of Robert E. Lee, was born here. The Lee mansion burned in the 18th century, but the family gravesite remains, as do the ruins of a later 19th century house. Visitors can also see the site of a Confederate gun emplacement from the Civil War.
|Location / Directions:||Leesylvania State Park is in the southeast area of Prince William County, approximately 25 miles from Washington, D.C. and Fredericksburg. From I-95, take Rippon Landing Exit 156; then go east on Route 784 to U.S. 1. From U.S. 1, Route 610 (Neabsco Road) east two miles.|
|Address:||Leesylvania State Park |
2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22191
|Visitor Phone:||(703) 670-0372|
|Activities:||The Potomac River is an excellent largemouth bass fishery. The river is tidal here and the water considered fresh. Other sport fish include catfish, perch and striped bass. A Virginia freshwater fishing license is required.
The park includes boat launching ramps, sailboat hoists and parking for 200 cars/trailers. A cartop launch area is located on Powells Creek for smaller boats such as canoes, kayaks, etc. A park store and gas dock are also located here. Motorboats are allowed. There are no restrictions on motor horsepower.
The park picnic area features ½-mile of natural sand beach on the Potomac River. Swimming from the shore is not allowed. Bottom hazards and boat traffic make the beach unsafe for such activities. Fishing, sunning, picnicking and walking are allowed.
The park also offers canoe tours, guided historic and nature walks, children’s fishing tournaments, and Junior Ranger day camps.
There are four hiking trails for exploring the rich natural and historical features of the Potomac. The park boasts many scenic overlooks of the Potomac River including one on the remains of a Civil War Confederate gun battery at Freestone Point.
|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:||A park store operates spring, summer and fall and includes snack bar/buffet, groceries, bathhouse, marine gasoline/oil, bait and tackle. |
A small, tents-only primitive campground for groups only; reservations are required, $50 per night.
Three large picnic shelters and an open area (Lee's Landing) are available for rent for full days only - no half-day rental. They can be rented from 6 a.m. until dusk March through October and from 7 a.m. until dusk the rest of the year.
|Accessibility:||The park includes multiple handicapped-accessible facilities. Contact the park for details.|