Pros: Beautiful scenery and wildlife. Right along the Potomac River.Cons: No swimming in the Potomac. Short hiking trails.Tips: Bring your boat.Rating: 4/5
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Westmoreland State Park, VA
Westmoreland State Park takes up 1,311 acres along the Potomac River in Virginia. It boasts 133 camping sites (electric and standard) and several cabins. The waterfront is perfect for fishing and picnics and gets quite crowded in the summer. There are no designated swimming areas in the Potomac itself but the park has a pool available in the summer. Bald eagles are known for nesting within the park and many campers scour the riverside looking for elusive sharks teeth.There are several small hiking trails (the longest just under 2.5 miles) that are ideal for children. I've camped here once for a quick weekend get-away and found the sites well-wooded though a little close together. Since the hiking trails are minimal and swimming isn't technically allowed I would recommend bringing a canoe or kayak as it's proximity to the Potomac is perfect for boating. Paddleboats can be rented Memorial Day through Labor Day and powerboats are permitted as well. Next time I go I'm bringing my kayak for sure.