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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 1,311 acres neighbor the former homes of both George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The parks 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 parks 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 Murphy Hall Conference Center and the Potomac River Retreat, which is an upscale overnight accommodation. $7 entry fee

$7.00 to get into the park
Nice well marked trails with activities to do on the trail like searching the beach for shark teeth and exercise stations. Two moderately steep hills to climb not bad. Part of the trail goes through the swamp, gets a little muddy. Wear good shoes and put on tick repellent, bring water and snacks if your bringing kids.

I specifically picked this trail in order to take my 2 dogs to the beach. It’s in a state park and be aware that there is a $5 parking fee (they do take credit cards). The park itself was pretty awesome. There’s a pool (with a slide), rental cabins, and a lot of activities. It would be a great place to stay overnight. The trail is packed dirt. I will warn you that there are 3 long steep stairways that are not for the faint of heart. The beach was amazing and definitely worth the trip.

on Rock Spring Pond Trail

walking
27 days ago

Paved hiking trail. A couple of muddy sections with a nice view of the pond at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice loop featuring a Potomac River beach. Mostly flat and easy with 2 short steep sections down and up the bluff. Also features a wetland with good birding and wildlife viewing. Overall, one of the best hikes in eastern Virginia.

nature trips
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful cliffs and beach. My son enjoyed reading the nature descriptions along the way.

hiking
Friday, June 02, 2017

Pretty easy hike. Nice wildlife views and some of the trail is elevated above the marsh.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

More on the easy side then moderate. It was a nice trail.

Friday, October 28, 2016

First time take our dog on a trail hike. My pace was slower because of all of the smells he encountered. Few people on trail which worked good for me because I wasn't sure how he would be on trail, but will do it again with him.

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

First time on this trail- beautiful and loved hearing the waves crash over the rocks down by the beach. Definitely get your heart rate up by doing the series of stairs.

trail running
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Great view and trail run!!

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Like they've said, easy at the beginning and very flat and still, but after a little over a mile, the ups and downs begin. The trail sort of ends at the cliffs and beach, which is not ideal for those looking for a loop. We followed the meadow trail to the road and walked by the visitor's center to the parking area for the trail.

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Beautiful board walk & fossil beach. Natural clay washed up on beach from surrounding cliffs & lots of shells. Known for the shark teeth that can be found on the beach.

camping
Monday, July 11, 2016

Beautiful campsites walking distance from the river.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Easy trail until the end with epic hill!

hiking
Saturday, April 09, 2016

Trail winded through woods but does have a couple very steep hills. Trail ends at Fossil beach where you can try searching for fossil teeth. There is a little erosion in a spot or two. Keep in mind if you walk down the steep hill, you will have to come back up that same hill. It's a nice walk

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Park boasted it was the best park in all of Virginia at the entrance. I doubted it, and then I saw fossil beach. While it may not be the most intense hike, Turkey Neck trail was enjoyable and if you run it you'll sweat! Really great conservation trail with exercise stations at intervals, this place has me thinking about a membership.

hiking
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Nice trail, it's paved so kinda pedestrian but on the plus side it is handicap accessible.

hiking
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hiked today, nice view from trail across to the Potomac River, I connected from the Turkey Neck Trail and stopped at Fossil Beach. Seems to be a good circuit.

hiking
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wonderful trail the begining is a little pedestrian, but turns into better hike when you get closer to the marshy area. I'll definitely be going back in the warmer months.

hiking
Monday, September 07, 2015

Loved it we took a rescue pup here and it was a lot of work but the small beach was fun and the site was amazing!

camping
Sunday, July 27, 2014

One of my favorite places to car camp. very convenient, firewood provided and electric to make a a pot of coffee in the morning. We always take the trail to the beach to look for sharks teeth. like others said, the trails are not going to get you a great workout. just a quiet relaxing place in the woods.

hiking
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Beautiful trails and great view of th eriver with picnic tables and camping available to stay for extended periods of time.

camping
Sunday, September 09, 2012

Decent campsites, went Labor Day weekend. Pitched a tent with boyfriend, sister stayed in an rv, and we had one friend in a hammock. Too close together for my taste but way better than a KOA by all means. Decent sized lots, each with picnic table, firepit, electric and water. We didn't have septic, but there wash house is close. The trails were more of a short walk than a 'hike' but pretty scenery and well maintained- one leads to the beach where you can pan for shark teeth. There's a huge pool, paddleboat/canoe/kayak rentals and a snack stand. Had a really good time overall!

hiking
Sunday, August 12, 2012

Great, laid back day hike. I love to come here to destress.

hiking
Monday, March 26, 2012

have never camped here but the sites seem nice and level. as for hiking I would say it is more of an afternoon stroll but fun and relaxing, excellent for families with smaller children. there are also many other activities if you want more

camping
Monday, September 20, 2010

I stayed for the first time at this state park and a last min 4th of July vacation. The facilities were great and lots of activities in and around the park. Activities such as hikeing, boating, swimming in a full size pool. There are also many great historic land marks and monuments to visit. This is great for families and a single light adventurer.

hiking
2 months ago

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