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Address: 191 Coal Landing Rd., Stafford, VA 22554
Phone Number: 540 658 4864
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Government island is a great find. It has a great pave trail so you can take small kids or people in wheelchairs.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Cool small walking/running trail, that's about it. There are signs around to tell you about the history of the park, but other than that not much to do...

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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great little walk, nice views, take your dog, kids, or a solo outing. Lots of wildlife in this little park. Peaceful, quiet and a nice break from the daily grind of typical Stafford traffic.

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Stafford, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Government island is a great find. It has a great pave trail so you can take small kids or people in wheelchairs.

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Stafford, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I like the guided tours they sometimes have. My daughter enjoys climbing the rocks. The trail is fun to walk at all times of the year. Lots of flowers and trees.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My friend and I like to stroll through the relaxing scenery and sounds for a variation to our exercise routine. While the path from the parking lot starts off paved, prepare to mildly hike off pavement if you want to enter the island.

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Staffird
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

nice and dog friendly, but some of owners need to better control their dogs. Interesting, but could have done more to explain some of the stone quarrying. ALso, the name is an arbitrary change. For years this was Wiggington's Island. Guess next time some politician wants honored they will rename it again.

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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Interesting historical site. Lots of evidence available of the stone quarry. Stafford County did an excellent job of building the boardwalk. Good for a casual hike, with your dog.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Remembered this wonderful little gem when my daughter and grandson moved back. Hubby and I took them for a walk one morning for him to run rampant through the park! He ran every path! Hubby then took him down to the creek and they ran through the water. Very nice day. Though wear bug spray, hubby was covered in chigger... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Visit here frequently with my grand-kids and my dog. It is a very enjoyable park! You can walk the main path even with a stroller. You can also hike through the woods if you want. When I take my dog we even stop at the stream so she can take a swim.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Government Island is a beautiful park filled with creeks, wetlands, marsh areas and a quarry located in Stafford, VA. The quarry is referred to as “America’s Historic Stone Quarry” since the sandstone from here was shipped up the Potomac River to build the U.S. Capitol and White House. The trail is an easy one to walk (1.5 miles) that is... More 

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