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Westmoreland State Park in Virginia

Trip Overview

We stayed at Westmoreland State Park 5/9/08-5/11/08 in one of the park's nice cabins and had a blast hiking and visiting Robert E. Lee's birthplace at Stratford Hall. Heavy rain and winds on Friday prevented me from kayaking on the Potomac. By Saturday afternoon, most of the rain had stopped but the river was still windy with small white caps of 1-2' or so.

I departed the beach at the park and began paddling towards the Big Meadow Trail Beach with the intention of landing and scouting the area for some fossilized shark teeth. The wind made the paddle a good workout and I quickly regretted my decision to not bring my spray skirt.

Once I hit the Big Meadow beach, I was rewarded with some nice shark teeth and really enjoyed looking at the marshy areas around the beach. A Cottonmouth snake was resting next to a fallen tree and it gave me a case of the jitters, reminding me to be careful where I step. After walking up to the observation platform, I returned to my kayak and enjoyed a choppy return paddle.


Westmoreland State Park has cabins, primitive, and water/elect. hook-up sites.

There is a small and inexpensive motel in Montross, as well as numerous bed and breakfasts.


The park admission is $2-$3. Kayak rentals are available during certain parts of the year.


Facing the Potomac River, the park is six miles northwest of Montross and just off Route 3.

From Fredericksburg (I-95), take Rt. 3 east, go about 40 miles to the park's entrance, turning left onto Rt. 347.


  • Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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