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Leesylvania State Park

Leesylvania State Park
2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive

Leesylvania is nestled along the tidal shores of the historic Potomac River. Native Americans lived on this land for thousands of years. Capt. John Smith visited the area in 1608 on his voyage of discovery. It's also the ancestral home of Virginia's legendary Lee and Fairfax families. Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, Leesylvania offers many land and water activities, including hiking, picnicking, fishing and boating. A universally accessible fishing pier, playground, boat launch, boat storage area, snack bar and store, visitor center and gift shop are available. A 20-station fitness trail and canoe and kayak rentals also are available.

6 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
5 a.m - 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


The park has five hiking trails passing through rich natural and historical features of the Potomac River. The park also includes a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. The park boasts many scenic overlooks of the Potomac including one on the remains of a Civil War Confederate gun battery at Freestone Point.

There are no designated swimming areas. Swimming is hazardous because of swift currents, sudden drop-offs and unseen obstructions.

The Potomac River is an excellent largemouth bass fishery. The river is tidal here, and the water considered fresh. Other sport fish include catfish, perch and striped bass. A Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license is required, and the park also honors Potomac River Fisheries Commission licenses. The park has a 300-foot accessible fishing pier.

The park has a popular boat launch area with two ramps, sailboat hoists and parking for 186 cars or trailers. Also in the area is a dock with a store and gas. Motorboats are allowed, and there's no horsepower restriction. There's a cartop launch for smaller boats, such as canoes and kayaks, on Powells Creek. Guests may rent canoes, tandem kayaks and stand-up paddle boards at the Breakwater Store from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Click here for park fees. The park also rents sailboats through a concessionaire, the Northern Virginia Sailing School.

Overnight boating and pier fishing are allowed March 1 to Oct. 31. Overnight fishing and boating require a permit that must be obtained during normal park operating hours. Boat storage across from the marina is available year-round. Call the park office for information and pricing.

Horses are not permitted.

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