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George Washington Birthplace National Monument Picnic Pavilion, VA
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewThe Popes Creek Picnic Area Pavilion is located within George Washington Birthplace National Monument. The surrounding picnic grounds were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's. A connecting foot bridge leads to the historic area, farm, colonial garden, visitor center and gift shop. The Washington family burial ground is located one mile away.
The pavilion and picnic area sit on a bluff overlooking the mouth of Pope's Creek with views of the Potomac River in the distance. A one mile nature trail meanders along the shore of Popes Creek and through wooded areas. A connecting trail and series of boardwalks takes visitors through Dancing Marsh and into the historic area.
George Washington Birthplace offers a variety of recreational activities including fishing on Popes Creek and on the Potomac River, canoeing and kayaking from the Potomac River beach, hiking, bike riding on park roads, and bird watching
The 30' by 42' picnic pavilion contains 12 picnic tables and two grills. Restrooms, a water fountain and electrical outlet are 50' away. Parking is available for 25 vehicles on a first come first served basis with one space reserved for the permit holder. A dumpster and recycling bin are available
Numerous attractions surround the area, including: Westmoreland State Park, Stratford Hall Plantation (Birthplace of Robert E. Lee), Historic Christ Church, Historic Fredericksburg, Menokin (Home of Francis Lightfoot Lee), Northern Neck Wine Trail, The Lower Potomac River Water Trail, The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Belle Isle State Park and James Monroe Birthplace.
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Know Before You GoGeorge Washington Birthplace is open year round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Picnic area is open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, November-February, and 9:00 AM to dusk, March-October. Admission is free. Alcohol is prohibited. Pets must be on a leash. Restrooms, water fountain and electrical outlet are not available at the site November-March. Ranger led tours of the historic area are held on the hour, with the first tour at 10:00 AM and the last tour at 4:00 PM.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Fredericksburg/I-95: Exit I-95 at Exit 130 A and continue onto Route 3 East. Follow Route 3 East for 38 miles. Look for Route 204, which is on the left. After turning down Route 204, entrance to park is approximately 2 miles. From Route 301: Follow Route 3 East approximately 12 miles. Take the left at Route 204. After turning down Route 204, entrance to park is approximately 2 miles.
From Route 360: Follow George Washington Birthplace signs out of Warsaw, VA. Take Route 3 West approximately 22 miles. Take the right at Route 204. After turning down Route 204, entrance to the park is approximately 2 miles.
For GPS Devices use the following address: 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach, VA 22443
Mailing Address:George Washington Birthplace National Monument Picnic Pavilion
1732 Popes Creek Road
Colonial Beach VA 22443
Phone Number:Information: (804)224-1732
The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.