A registered historic landmark, Leesylvania was home to Virginia's legendary Lee family, including Revolutionary War hero "Light Horse Harry" Lee III and his son, Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Today, only a cornerstone, a chimney and a cemetery remain, accessible by trail.
Leesylvania State Park, situated on land donated by philanthropist Daniel Ludwig in 1978, opened in 1992, and has since become a favorite place to fish, boat, picnic or take a scenic hike with plenty of vistas that look out over the Potomac River.
Park events include festivals, workshops and interpretive programs, canoe tours and guided walks, children’s fishing tournaments and Junior Ranger Days. The Music at the Marina concert series runs May – September. The Commodores Navy Band will play June 12, 2010, and the annual Multi-Cultural Celebration takes place on June 26.
Visitors can reserve any of four picnic shelters or enjoy the open picnic area, but no swimming is allowed. Special permits are required for weddings and other large gatherings.
Sport fish include largemouth and striped bass, catfish and perch. You will need a Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license. The park has a fishing pier, a universal boat ramp and year-round marina.
Five hiking trails, including a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail with overlooks of the river, including the remains of a Civil War Confederate gun battery at Freestone Point.
Tent camping is allowed with reservations, but no horses or hunting.
For more detailed directions (from U.S. Route 1, take Route 610 –
Neabsco Road – east 2 miles).
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