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Government Island

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191 Coal Landing Rd, Stafford, VA 22554-5105
+1 540-658-4864
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Going back to nature

Not a long trail but a small island where most of the stone came from for buildings in Washington... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bette B
Stafford, Virginia
Awesome Historic Nature Trail

The Government Island nature trail is a beautiful breath taking scenic trail nestled in the heart... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stafford, Virginia
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“white house” (19 reviews)
“great walk” (7 reviews)
“stone quarry” (4 reviews)
191 Coal Landing Rd, Stafford, VA 22554-5105
+1 540-658-4864
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a long trail but a small island where most of the stone came from for buildings in Washington D.C. Not really bad for bugs either. Come and explore history.

Thank Bette B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Government Island nature trail is a beautiful breath taking scenic trail nestled in the heart of historic Aquia Harbor. The trail has an original rock quarry known for the rock stones used to build many of the Washington Monument buildings at our State Capital....More

Thank dlovitt2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to commune with nature. You can select how far you want to walk the island. There are also spots that you can go in the water and cool off. Have seen kids use the rope swing to jump in the water which is...More

Thank n00dle22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great little hike, mostly on either well mulched trails or wooden walkways. the island was used as a quarry for the stone that was used to build the whitehouse and Capital. you can still see where the stones were cut. It's an...More

Thank Anna T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Government Island is a really fun place to hike around. There are paths all over and you can see the quarries too. Definitely recommended as a place to get away for a day hike!

Thank Nymph74
Reviewed May 4, 2017

Very scenic. The paths are just ok, not handicap accessible. There is very little guidance on where to go when you are on the paths.

Thank Shannon M
Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

As others have stated, this is certainly a hidden gem. Great to walk with your family, and can be easily turned from a very mild walk into a medium hike challenge. Great if you have dogs too. I recommend that you bring water to hydrate...More

1  Thank DSylvia2016
Reviewed April 18, 2017

Ever hear of Government Island? Neither did I until a couple of years ago. But let me tell you -- it is a MUST see for everyone in your family. Since discovering Government Island, I have been there with the Cub Scouts, I have been...More

1  Thank Trish H
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the walk with my family. Will definitely be back again soon. Next time I'm bringing our dog.

Thank Jose M
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Government Island provides an excellent place to walk and view nature and some of the history of this area. The view of Aquia and the assorted wild life is worth the walk.

Thank James G
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