As you may be aware, Westmoreland State Park took a heavy hit from both Hurricanes Irene and Lee. This one two punch has created significant damage to the park. Below is the current plan for reopening and an explanation of some of the limitations when the park will reopen.
We hope that we will be able to maintain this schedule but we are dependent on contractors for a lot of work so please bear with us.
As a result of mold remediation that now is needed in several of the cabins and delays in obtaining contractors, the tentative reopening schedule at Westmoreland has been altered and now is as follows:
9/30 – 8 a.m.: Park open to day use daily to include beach area, fishing pier, picnic area, shelter 1, boat ramp (only one dock until repairs final), Trails to include Big Meadows (accesses Fossil Beach) and Rock Spring Pond Trail (ADA trail)
9/30 – 8 a.m.: Park overnight open to include Potomac River Retreat, Cabins 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 32 and Campground (B) Murphy Hall also available
10/7- 8 a.m.: Park overnight open to include above plus cabins 3, 6, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, and Campground (A)
Cabins 5, 8, 14, 24 Shelter 2, Campground (C) are still to be closed for 6 months.
Other important information:
– Docks behind/with the Potomac River Retreat are not fully accessible.
– Only two trails open until further notice, Big Meadows and Rock Spring Pond
– Boat Ramp is usable but only with one dock
– Beach erosion has made rock breakwaters inaccessible for a large part during high tide, this was a popular fishing location for many.
– Debris removal and logging operations will present some noise nuisance and necessitate closures of some trail/day use areas intermittently.
A determination will be made on 9/23 as to whether any of these dates will need to be pushed back further.