The Popes Creek Picnic Area Pavilion is located within George Washington Birthplace National Monument. The surrounding picnic grounds were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. A connecting foot bridge leads to the historic area, farm, colonial garden, visitor center and gift shop. The Washington family burial ground is located one mile away. Natural Features: The pavilion and picnic area sit on a bluff overlooking the mouth of Popes Creek with views of the Potomac River in the distance. A one mile nature trail meanders along the shore of Popes Creek and through wooded areas. A connecting trail and series of boardwalks takes visitors through Dancing Marsh and into the historic area. Recreation: George Washington Birthplace offers a variety of recreational activities including fishing on Popes Creek and on the Potomac River, canoeing and kayaking from the Potomac River beach, hiking, bike riding on park roads, and bird watching Facilities: The 30 by 42 picnic pavilion contains 12 picnic tables and two grills. Restrooms, a water fountain and electrical outlet are 50 away. Parking is available for 25 vehicles on a first come first served basis. A dumpster and recycling bin are available Nearby Attractions: Numerous attractions surround the area, including: Westmoreland State Park, Stratford Hall Plantation (Birthplace of Robert E. Lee), Historic Christ Church, Historic Fredericksburg, Menokin (Home of Francis Lightfoot Lee), Northern Neck Wine Trail, The Lower Potomac River Water Trail, The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Belle Isle State Park and James Monroe Birthplace.
This place is rather cool. The historical significance is obvious, but the house that he is claimed to have been born in is not the actual house, or is it historically accurate. It was built to the liking of a historical society and what they imagined his house would have looked like. The land is gorgeous and right off the Potomac. There are some hiking trails. There is a small museum and children's center. There are frequent activities. It has a gift shop, educational center, and visitor center. The rangers are knowledgeable and friendly. There is active farm life as well as agricultural activity and a working blacksmith shop. Very cool place to visit on your own or with your family.
This campground has good rates and great campsites. We enjoyed our stay very much and look towards coming back.