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Lee's Woods Trail (Leesylvania State Park)

This scenic trail offers covers the former estate of Henry Lee II, grandfather to Robert E. Lee of Civil War fame. In addition to history lessons and remnants of the Civil War era, you will be treated to great views of the Potomac River. A huge picnic area adjacent to the trail provides an ideal setting to eat after hiking the trail. The trail is only two miles long, but does contain several substantial hills.
Distance: 
2.0mi
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Scenery: 
Very Good
Photo Op: 
Remains from the Civil War era make interesting shots, as do picturesque vistas from Freestone Point.
Location: 
Leesylvania State Park
Daniel K Ludwig Drive
Woodbridge,, VA
Metro Accessible: 
No
Additional Directions: 
The park is about an hour drive (~30miles) south of DC, and is located just southwest of Mason Neck State Park. The directions from Google Maps are straightforward.
What to Bring: 
Water and snacks. Entry to park is $4. We visited the park during the week and the Visitor Center was not open, so make sure you bring the trail map.
Food Options: 
There is a mega Wawa gas station and convenience store at the intersection of Neabsco and Rte 1 if you need to stop and get water and/or snacks. There is a snack bar and groceries available at the park store that operates April-October. Pizza, sandwiches, some breakfast food, etc. is served.
Additional Information: 

Check out this short YouTube video that provides an introduction to the hike. There is a lot to do at this park, so if you want to do some kayaking, fishing, play volleyball, etc,. check out the park website for more information.

A large picnic area is near the Potomac River and the trail head. It is a great place to picnic after the trail. To make a longer trip out of your park visit, we recommend that you walk the Lee Woods Trail, picnic, and then walk the short Powell's Creek Trail on your way out of the park.

The trail has about dozen marked spots of historical interest. Many contain signage, however, some do not and the trail map available on the web does not contain any pertinent information. If the Visitor Center is open, you may want to inquire about a more detailed map that explains the significance of the marked spots. However, if such a map is not available, don't worry about it, the map provided here will easily get you through the park.

To reach the trailhead, park as close to the end of Daniel K. Ludwig Drive as you can. At the end of the road, there is a roundabout, and the trailhead is easily visible from the roundabout.

Start the trail by walking up the hill and making a right towards the large fire pit. Continue out to Freestone Point. Follow the red trail markers (see picture below). The trail is pretty well marked so it should be easy to stay on track.

One quick note. After observing the site of the former railroad, return towards the cemetery to pick up the correct path. There is an additional path behind the bench at the railroad overlook that will take you towards the water and off the Lee Woods Trail.

Disclaimer: 
Environmental conditions in cities, parks, etc. can change rapidly and without our knowledge. We do not make any claims as to the accuracy of information presented on this page. Further, hiking can be a dangerous activity that may result in bodily harm and possibly death. We hope the information that we provide will help you prepare for your hike, but do not imply that the information provided is complete. It is your responsibility to prepare yourself for whatever challenges you may face. If you decide to use any of the information on this page, you do so at your own risk.
Images: 
The fishing pier, Leesylvania State Park.
Lee's Woods Trail trailhead, Leesylvania State Park.
Lee's Woods Trail trailmarker, Leesylvania State Park.
Cannon Lee's Woods Trail, Leesylvania State Park.
Fairfax House remains, Lee's Woods Trail, Leesylvania State Park.
Lee's Woods Trail, Leesylvania State Park.
Picnic area, Lee's Woods Trail, Leesylvania State Park.

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