Westmoreland State Park – Montross, VA
Westmoreland State Park is a Virginia State Park 5 miles out from Montross, VA in Westmoreland County, only 45 miles or so from Fredericksburg, VA and about an hour and a half from Richmond, VA. Although the park itself is open year-round, the campgrounds are only open from the first Friday in March until the first Friday in December. The park offers 3 reasonably large campground areas as well as cabins, a large number of easy to difficult trails (plus a fitness trail!), a museum, campstore and more. The park is situated along the Potomac River, so there’s kayaking, beaches and plenty of water fun to be had as well as fossil hunting on Fossil Beach. There’s also a pool that is open seasonally (additional fee) and Junior Ranger camp offered in the summer.
Camping at Westmoreland State Park
The three campgrounds at Westmoreland State Park are situated on the upper level of the park, on dry flat grounds for the most part. Each campground area has a camp host who is well situated to offer assistance and who patrols to ensure camp rules are being followed. Campsites offer a 30amp electrical and water, fire ring, crushed gravel driveways and picnic tables for each site as well as hanging bars for trash. There is a neatly maintained (although older) bathhouse in each campground with laundry machines and a slop sink for those camping without plumbing.
Dumpsters are located in each campground area, and the pull-through dump station is clean, neat and has not only flush water, but potable water and a recycling center. The park also offers cabins for rent, as well as a rental house on the Potomac that can accommodate a large group. Firewood is sold in the camp store, along with many other camping necessities as well as souvenirs and treasures for the young and young at heart.
Westmoreland State Park Trails
One of my favorite trails, Rock Springs Trail, is an easy paved 1.3 mile trail down to a calm pond with beaver dams and lined with trees full of bat boxes, hooting owls and the occasional eagle. Fossil Beach is at the end of Beach Trail and you can seine for shark’s teeth and other fossils – this trail leads down a steep decline, so be prepared for the return climb. The CCC trail, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps is the longest trail in the park, and has exercise equipment dotted along the trail alongside the main road into the park.
Park Amenities and Attractions
There’s also a pool with a slide, a high dive, and a kiddie pool for the adorable wittle babies as well as a full snack bar during the summer months. There is a bathhouse at the pool area as well as picnic tables for the pool and along the Potomac nearby. There are piers for fishing, and although I wouldn’t recommend it, people do swim in the Potomac.
There’s plenty of wildlife to be seen and rangers offer a number of guided hikes and talks on the local flora and fauna. Check out the Friday night campfires hosted by the park rangers and programming available at the main park building on the cliffs. In addition to the many activities available at the park, there are often local events such as festivals, concerts happening on the cliffs and on the banks of the Potomac.