Parks Guide : State Parks/Northern Va.
Lake Anna State Park
6800 Lawyers Road, Spotsylvania
The land in Lake Anna State Park used to be known as “Gold Hill” and contained the Goodwin Gold Mine. Gold was first discovered in 1829 with mining reaching its peak in the 1880s. The last gold to be found was in a zinc mine during the 1940s. In 1971 Lake Anna was created to serve as a water coolant for Dominion Virginia Power’s nuclear plant. Lake Anna is well known for its large-mouth bass fishing. Other activities include boating, swimming and camping.
Leesylvania State Park
2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge
This 508-acre park on a peninsula bordered by the Potomac River, Neabsco Creek and Powells Creek features overnight camping sites, fishing and boating on the Potomac River, picnic shelters and interpretive programs. In 2003, Hurricane Isabel damaged the boat dock facilities, but temporary piers have been opened.
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road, Lorton
Mason Neck State Park is situated on a peninsula formed by Pohick Bay on the north, Belmont Bay on the south and the Potomac River on the east. The peninsula is the site of an active heron rookery. The park also attracts several other migrating and non-migrating species of birds, including whistling swans and assorted species of duck. Bald eagles also inhabit the area. The park boasts several hundred acres of hardwood forests consisting of oaks, holly, hickory and other species of trees. In addition, several wetland areas are also found in Mason Neck. Fresh and brackish water fishing are available with a valid Virginia fishing license. Car-top launch facilities available; no facilities for trailer launching. Programs include beachcombing, pond study, bird-watching, canoe trips, fishing clinic, active volunteer program, night hikes, teacher workshops, hands-on experiential educational opportunities, evening programs, butterfly gardens, E.A.G.L.E. programs.