George Washington Birthplace National Monument Picnic Pavilion, VA

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The 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...

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Overview

The 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.

Natural Features:

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.

Recreation:

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

Facilities:

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. A dumpster and recycling bin are available

Nearby Attractions:

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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Area
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Scenic Overlook
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Auditorium
  • Auto Touring
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cell phone service
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Electricity
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Gift Shop
  • Grills
  • Guided Interpretive Walks
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Water
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Kayaking
  • Meeting Room
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking
  • Paved Roads
  • Pavilion
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • RV Parking
  • Recycling
  • River Access
  • Scenic Drive
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Shade
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trailheads
  • Vending Machine
  • Visitors Center
  • Water
  • Water Access
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Dock
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Antiquing
  • Auto Repair Shop
  • Bait Shop
  • Bank
  • Berry Picking
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat Maintenance
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boat Slips
  • Boat Storage
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boat Trips
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cafe
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Casino
  • Church
  • Crabbing
  • Cultural Activities
  • Dining Area
  • Emergency Services
  • Fishing Dock
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Fishing Pier
  • Flea Market
  • Food Services
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Group Camping
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Hunting
  • Ice
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Lodging
  • Marina
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Restaurant
  • Water Activities
Know Before You Go
George 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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

George Washington Birthplace National Monument Picnic Pavilion
1732 Popes Creek Road
Colonial Beach  VA  22443

Phone Number:

Information:  (804)224-1732