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Old 04-27-2008, 01:59 PM
 
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Looking to kick back and enjoy one of these sunny, warm afternoons someday later next week (when hopefully it will be in the 70s to near 80 again). Are there any public beaches open yet? Looking from Prince William, Stafford, and King George. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Old 04-27-2008, 02:49 PM
 
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Looking to kick back and enjoy one of these sunny, warm afternoons someday later next week (when hopefully it will be in the 70s to near 80 again). Are there any public beaches open yet? Looking from Prince William, Stafford, and King George. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Beaches? Kayaking is really the water sport of choice in Nova, you need to drive to Delaware if you want to go to the beach. Well, there are a few sandy spots along the shores of the Potomac. Not exactly enough room for Annette and Moondoggie to get up a game of volleyball, but they have sand touching water, which makes them beaches. Sorta.

Shoreline along the Potomac doesn't open or close, and the sandy spots exist here and there along the riverbank. I wouldn't go into the water before the end of May, though. Brrrrrr! And watch out for the snakefish. Just kidding--I've never actually seen one, but boy are they butt-ugly.
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:04 PM
 
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It depends on what you mean by "beach." There are lots of nice river and lake spots in the NoVa area. But if you mean a salt water beach, there are closer spots than Delaware - within a 50 mile radius. Sandy Point can be good for fishing and nature trails - right at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Calvert Cliffs is fun for fossil hunting, before the hot weather sets in. Westmoreland State Park is 40 miles east of Fredericksburg. Most of the beaches are open year round.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Your Chesapeake Connection

Is a great site to check out all the local waterway public access areas, parks, trails, museums etc. You can find everything you need about hours, cost, etc. Just open the dropdown menu Gateways Quickfinder. You have at least 50 to choose from!
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