Contributed by Kerry Lynch of Discover Prince William & Manassas
Get out of the house this weekend and take advantage of these five fun activities at Leesylvania State Park. Home to Virginia’s legendary Lee and Fairfax families, Leesylvania State Park is just 25 miles from Washington, D.C. providing a great escape from the city. Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, this state park is a must-visit. With breathtaking river views of the Potomac River to challenging hikes, Leesylvania State Park in Prince William & Manassas, VA has it all.
1) Get on the Water
Always wanted to learn how to sail the seven seas? Take up lessons or just charter a sailboat for the day at Woodbridge Sailing School located at Leesylvania State Park. Lessons are given by fully certified sailors, with custom packages available. Want to start out with something smaller? The park also has kayaks and canoes available to rent. See if you can spot beaver or blue heron while paddling on the river.
2) Soak Up a Little History
Leesylvania has quite the history as it was once home to Revolutionary War hero, Henry Lee II, father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Explore the remains of the ancestral Lee home and discover the Confederate artillery battery, located at Freestone Point. The battery was in action on September 25, 1861 when it exchanged shots with Union vessels in the river. Walk the trail that interprets the battery and the Civil War history that took place.
3) Hunt for Treasure
Test your skills and spend a day geocaching! See if you can find the hidden caches that are located throughout the park. Geocaching is a great activity for individuals or for groups.
4) Go FishingLeesylvania is known for its many fishing opportunities from standing on the 300-foot fishing pier or off the docks. Spend a lazy weekend casting your pole in the fresh water and enjoying the views of the Potomac. Try to catch largemouth bass, catfish, or perch.
5) Challenge Your Fitness LevelLeesylvania has five separate hiking trails; all incorporate the natural geography and historical features of the land. Tackle the fitness hiking trail, which includes 20 different stations to let you focus on balance, strength training, cardio and stretching. The park also contains a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, a designated trail network that follows the paths explored by George Washington.
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