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Government Island

191 Coal Landing Rd., Stafford, VA 22554
540 658 4864
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Stafford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
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English first
San Diego, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is an easy walking trail and mostly shaded. You cross a nice long bridge over the water where you can see water birds and the occasional frog along with a variety of plants. The pathway winds around the island with some elevation changes and water views that make it really pleasant. Good for jogging too since the trail is... More

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Stafford, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This hike is just average. The hike is easy as it is flat and mostly paved and wooden bridges. This area is of great historical significance from the 1700's and revolutionary war and when the Capital of the United States was being built as well as during the Civil war. You can find out more about this area of Stafford... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Dirt path thru the woods and rocks with a few bridges. Plenty of dog crap along the way to make it interesting. If your a city person this might be of interest. If your an outdoor person it's just a long walk with doggie landmines. If nothing else the return to the parking lot is the highlight of the trip.... More

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allover
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

It's a little hard to find if you didn't get directions from a local, but I went on a chilly day and it was practically tourist free. I think it may be a nice place to walk your dog, but beware it's not monitored so hike/walk at your own risk.

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Stafford, Virginia
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19 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Imagine walking down a beautiful nature rich path and coming upon a rock formation that has been quarried for our nations most important government buildings - this is the gist of Government Island. Although the trail is not handicapped accessible, this trail is great for all ages and abilities. The nature viewing area offers a nice view of the marshy... More

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Stafford, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great place for a nature hike or pack a picnic! Perfect place to observe wildlife. Mostly flat hike. Shaded trail makes a great ace for summer hikes.

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Stafford, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Government Island is a very historical place that has a beautiful walking path, bridge and trail. Walk a nice wooden bridge through the woods and marshes and enjoy the scenery and wildlife all around the island. On the Island you experience large sections of rock that was once a quarry where rocks were chiseled out, loaded on barges and shipped... More

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Stafford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a great hike for those who can't do those miles and miles of hiking. The Island is full of history and artifacts. Everything is well marked on the way out to the island. Great place to see quarry work and learn that our Nation's Capitol is full of stone from this very quarry!

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Stafford, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The walk out to the "island" is an easy stroll. Once you get to the "island" the terrain is variable and quite steep in areas. The trails do not appear to be kept up but are passable in most weather. It is nice to take your dogs. I would suggest a few trash cans be provided so more people are... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Is this the most interesting thing here? While it was interesting, it was way overrated as a trip or the day. More stuff about the native americans would be better.

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