Widewater State Park

Widewater State Park is a state park in Virginia, located in Stafford County. Land for the park was purchased in 2006 from Dominion Resources, but the Great Recession prevented development of the property. Ground was finally broken for the new park in 2018[2] after money was appropriated by the Virginia General Assembly with a bond issue in that year.[3] Current facilities include a visitor center and staff building along Aquia Creek and a soft boat launch and picnic shelter along the Potomac River.[4] A formal opening date in fall 2018 has been set.[3]

Widewater State Park
Widewater State Park, November 2018
Location of Widewater State Park in Virginia
LocationStafford County, Virginia
Nearest cityFredericksburg
Coordinates38°25′37″N 77°20′6″W
Area1,089 acres (440.7 ha)[1]
Administered byVirginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

The park is divided up into five parcels, separated by private property. It is located on a 1,100-acre peninsula situated between Aquia Creek and the Potomac River, and was the site of early flight experiments by Samuel P. Langley.[2]


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  2. THE FREE LANCE–STAR, AMANDA VICINANZO. "Stafford celebrates Widewater State Park groundbreaking". Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  3. THE FREE LANCE-STAR, JEFF BRANSCOME. "Widewater State Park receives enough funding to open". Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  4. THE FREE LANCE-STAR, ROB HEDELT. "A visit to Widewater State Park shows the amenities and stories visitors will soon enjoy". Retrieved 3 July 2018.

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