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Government Island

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Address: 191 Coal Landing Rd, Stafford, VA 22554-5105
Phone Number: 540 658 4864
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A Nice Diversion

A friend and I visited this island while we were driving around Aquia Habour. The significance of the island is that sandstone was quarried from here for use in many of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2016
Bence B
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Stafford, Virginia
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I bring my kids here often and they never tire of it. It is a lovely place with well maintained trails and a boardwalk.

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Thank VAadventurer5
Quantico, Virginia
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love coming here. There are generally always people around, but it depends on what time of the day you go. Dog-friendly, kid-friendly, offers a lot of nature and a great trail! Gorgeous during the fall, just make sure you pay attention to the hours because they will close the gate earlier during the fall.

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Thank Marie K
Stafford, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Government Island is an easy drive off of Rt 1 and a lovely break in the day. it's a quick escape into nature with a very accessible, flat trail to go around the Island. Take the whole family.

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Thank KAlisonH
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

A friend and I visited this island while we were driving around Aquia Habour. The significance of the island is that sandstone was quarried from here for use in many of the historical structures in the area including the White House. It was very interesting to see how the stone was quarried.

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Thank Bence B
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33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Awful is the nicest word I could come up with. When you first enter the parking lot there are huge electricity towers crackling above your head. I was afraid I would have cancer in an hour. I'm not joking , you hear the sizzling and crackling. There's a playground to the left but you can't go on it so shield... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

As a kid growing up in 1960's Stafford county we would play at Government Island. This was long before the Island was transformed into the easy access that it is today. i love it when I took my children there to visit and love it even more when I take my Grand children there. It's wonderful how much effort was... More 

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Thank andyshannonrealtor
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Nice park - it seems a bit odd to find but new signs I think help people know where to turn. A nice little walk in the woods then it opens up to bridge area over marsh which is nice to see the water and watch birds. Then there is the area where the aquia stones were cut and used... More 

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Thank sav379
Stafford, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

My wife and I saw the sign for Gov. Island on US Rout 1 and decided to check it out. We were pleasantly surprised to find a new place to walk. You can see parts of Aquia creek, the remains of the stone quarry where stone was cut and shipped to be used in Many historical buildings. The walk itself... More 

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Thank Tommy W
Stafford, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

This is where we feel free and bring our family together. We go with our young boys and two dogs. We've discovered all types of critters: turtles, fish, dragonflies, frogs, deer, foxes, and of course, squirrels. Fun in pretty much every season, but absolutely gorgeous in the Fall and Summer

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Thank DSylvia2016
Stafford, Virginia
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56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

An amazing site so close to civilization. It is a good walk back to the island, however the trails are good and maintained. the quarry site on the island is a history lesson in itself. Wildlife abounds, so take a camera and you should get some good photos.

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