Lees Woods Trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail located near Woodbridge, VA that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Historic markers, Gen. R.E. Lee's boyhood home Historic interpretive trail with both Revolutionary and Civil War points of interest. The park service provides guide books at the trail head that lead you along the trail and gives a brief explanation of each site. There have been sightings of several bald eagles from the river overlook at the top of the hill. Hike features a small civil war fort and era homes with lineage to the famous Robert E Lee! This fort participated in the civil war, getting shots off at a passing gun boat. The hike starts at the amphitheatre, where an old hunt club had a two story building (ruins) and various learning events are currently held. Continuing on to the fort, we find cannon emplacements on the river with some great water views. Multiple benches at this location gives us places to eat a packed lunch. The next leg takes us to the Henry Lee family cemetary, where the headstones have been removed for preservance. Not far from that location we have a great view of the canyon which the railroad line passed through. Continuing to the Henry Lee home site, we have a well spot and an overview of the home site. The stroll back takes us along a spot where deer are frequently seen. The last stop shows us the Fairfax home site and well. The well is brick lined and prominent. The home site still has a standing chimney and showing multiple foundations. A huge picnic area and playground adjoin this hike.
Great trail for a jog/hike with my dog! The first part is pretty easy for a jog, but it started to get a little muddy (it was raining) so we just hiked. My dog loved it and the stops were really cool!
An easy mix of narrow and wide trail with pleasant rolling and steep points. We took the dogs and had a great time.
Lees Woods Trail is a nice hike in the Leesylvania VA State Park. There are many historic marker for Gen. R.E. Lee's Boyhood home. The path has a few steep grades but over very nice.
Not being from the area, the trail head was a bit challenging to find as we arrived from across the Potomac via zodiac tender. Luckily a park ranger directed us to the location at the North end of the upper parking lot. This is a great trail hike, full of history with good interpretive information along the way. We highly recommend this easy hike. Learn about Robert E. Lee's father's homestead. Good views of the Potomac.
This was an enjoyable hike that included some terrific Civil War ruins (cannon battery and home sites) to add an educational element. In addition, I saw an osprey, deer and foxes while on the hike. I will be back to Leesylvania State Park to hike more trails in the future.
5 stars for 2 homesite ruins and a civil war fort!