Go for an amazing sunrise or sunset at Westmoreland State Park!
The early bird got this worm! A spectacular sunrise over the Potomac
Westmoreland State 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 park’s 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 park’s vacation cabins as well. The discovery center, open on weekends during the summer, gives an informative historical and ecological perspective to an important natural area on the coastal plain.
This is another in this series where I actually name names! By that I mean I am sharing a specific cabin at a specific park. As I mentioned in this article referring to Douthat State Park cabin #8, it was super helpful for me as a state park goer to know the specifics. I don't want you to miss out on this great location at Cabin 14, and the wonderful views of the Potomac River just outside your door!
We booked a two bedroom cabin, which was cabin 14 in a quiet hamlet of cabins along the cliffs at the park, but with plenty of trees. It was comfortable and cozy for our family. This is a much larger cabin than those at Douthat on our last trip, and had a ton of storage space, even a hallway closet cupboard. There was a door that closed off the sleeping areas from the living room, which made Yahtzee a little more bearable into the wee hours.
My daughter loved that the cinderblock walls in the cabin was painted white, which made it much brighter on the grey day we arrived. There was one queen bed (master bedroom) and two twins (not bunks) and one shared bathroom. A screened in porch with rocking chairs, a totally renovated kitchen that was really lovely, but the stove and fridge were much smaller than standard size.
There was a kitchen door that opened onto a little deck with a bench seat, grill and picnic table. This cabin was very quiet, it lacked the continual humming of pc's, TV's and other white noise, and it was very restful. I slept with my blinds up and looked up from the bed through the window to see gazillions of brilliant stars! Then in the morning, the sun gently said "Come out and see the sunrise! You won't be disappointed!" So I did, and I captured it with my camera (see above image).
Cabin 14 is a 2 bedroom cabin with wood burning fireplace (and central heating)
Junie B finally found a word for that blasted Z!
Tile floor for easy clean up after a day on the sandy beach
Typical cabins, not too rustic, but not too flashy either
A quite place to view the Potomac River from the cliffs
Our cabin at the time of this article rented for $80 per night in the off season, $107 in prime/peak season. Minimum night stay may be required. See rates for all seasons and cabins here.
Plan your next getaway to this beautiful Virginia State Park! Winter is the off season and it is a great time to explore the park without crowds of people. If you do go "in season" there is an awesome swimming pool adjacent to The Potomac, very scenic, bring a picnic!
Hint #1 If you want to be right on the edge of the cliff choose Cabin 13, I might be a little more leery of this cabin if I had younger children however. Cabin 24 on another cabin loop overlooks fossil beach and has a magnificent view from the cliffs, it is also fenced, and has a ton of run-around room outside.
Hint #2 If you plan to find sharks teeth and fossils at the Fossil Beach, use a sifter of some sort and go right into the edge of the water. We looked farther out and came back with nothing! We didn't know. Borrow one of the park Nature Adventure Backpacks, as they have a ton of cool gear the whole family will enjoy!
Hint #3 Take the time to visit the place where the Father of our Country was born, George Washington National Monument is just a couple miles up the road! They have some nice nature trails as well along the Potomac.
Westmoreland State Park, 145 Cliff Road, Montross, Va. 22520-9717; Phone: (804) 493-8821; Email:westmoreland. Located on Virginia's Northern Neck.Just two hours from Washington DC; Richmond, one and a half hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, two and a half hours; Roanoke, five and a half hours.
VIRGINIA STATE PARKS MAKE PERFECT GETAWAYS FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FUN!