10 Virginia Parks Not to Overlook. A Couple are by the Chesapeake Bay

If you’ve come across us, you’re probably trying figure out where to go for some getaway time by the water. Most people head to Ocean City or the Delaware shore. But there are closer, cheaper and less crowded waterfront parks you can visit.  Virginia is for Lovers website has compiled a list.

Just a couple hours’ drive from Washington, DC, you’ll find Aquia Landing Park on the Potomac River. The county park has about a quarter mile of beach and a couple pavilions. It’s small, but scenic and historic. The Underground Railroad had a stop here during the Civil War.

Aquia Landing Park is open year-round. The public beach offers fishing, picnicking and kayaking. It’s located miles east of Stafford Courthouse (Exit 140 from I-95). The hours are 8am to dusk.

Northwest River Park near Chesapeake, Virginia, is on 763 acres of wetland and forest on the Northwest River. You’ll find seven-miles of trails, boating, canoeing and fishing. You can rent canoes, jon-boats and paddleboats. A license is needed for fishing, and you can’t buy it at the park.

A walkway weaves through the park and bridges both a freshwater marsh and bald cyprus swamp, ending at an observation platform.

The community put together a video to show its features (which include water access).

Read more about the little-known Virginia beaches at Virginia is for Lovers blog.

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