Government Island Trail

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Government Island Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stafford, VA that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles 72 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

cave

lake

hot springs

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

GOVERNMENT ISLAND PARK TODAY Now a natural park preserve and archaeological site, Government Island contains a trail and interpretive signs to help depict its rich, nationally significant history. The first portion of the trail is paved, the second segment is a wooden boardwalk over the tidal creeks, and the third section is a natural hiking trail (footpath) around the island. The total length of the trail is approximately 1.5 miles (from the parking lot, to and around the island, and back). [Note: The first two portions of this trail leading up to the edge of the island, which include some interpretive signs, are handicap accessible. The footpath on the island consists of uneven ground, covered with a bed of mulch.] In addition to the history interpreted at this site, Government Island is an ideal location to observe aquatic and native plants, as well as birds and other wildlife.

walking
19 days ago

Great trail to just take for a nice easy walk.

walking
24 days ago

My family just started our trail and hiking as a family adventure and we opted for this trail as #1.
i wanted something short and easy for the girls age 9 and 14 . Personally I am a hiker and love the more challenging routes however this location was the best choice. the girls loved the historic facts and scenery even in the cold lol.
it is a trail for all skill level. It was ideal traffic...we encountered a few dog owners and couple joggers and a few walkers. We will definitely bring our dogs there to check it out.
it is close 2 our home so definitely a place i will go there.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

The kids love this place. It's a very easy hike for short legs.

2 months ago

Great well trafficked trail that is kid and puppy friendly!

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birding
11 months ago

Awesome!!!!! My kids... My dog... We loved it!

walking
1 year ago

Beautiful walk with the family! We did some geocaching while we were there and had a great time! Lots of wildlife to be seen and hiking to be done. Will definitely bring the family back to explore again!

birding
1 year ago

Great walk for a family, dogs...or both!

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

Took the kids (both 4) was fine for them. Paved path to wooden walkway over the marsh to the island loop. Kids had a blast and nice easy hike. Only con was that it was fairly crowded. You wont be alone out there. The Stafford county website has a map that shows the location of the quarries on the island (added as a Helpful Link)

walking
2 years ago

fun for a short trail.

walking
2 years ago

One of the best trails for an after work walk. This trail has never been very crowded when I went and is a great little walk for the evenings with nice sunsets accross the water and clear paths.

hiking
3 years ago

A nice short hike right off the highway. We did this on the way up late yesterday. The quary was interesting. It is beautiful spring and this trail was a nice place to be.

hiking
3 years ago

Nice walk today--- being in the 60s in January... Level, you can see rocks where they quarried. for the Capitol building & all... views of river.... Ergets.. more of a walk than a HIKE... however noteworthy for a quick walk with babies ot dogs... 1.5 miles

hiking
3 years ago

Good 30 minute walk for the dogs and kids or you can make this a 2 mile run using all the little side trails. It's close to home so I use it as a quick workout for myself and the dog.

walking
4 years ago

Nice trail for a stroll. Not for those looking for something hard.