Our first stop on this tour is Leesylvania State Park. Opened in 1989, listed on the National register of Historic Landmarks, Leesylvania has plenty of outdoor activities to offer. Enjoy boat fishing as the park offers multiple boat launches or rent a sailboat from the Northern Virginia Sailing school located within the park.
If you’d rather stay on land you can fish off their 300 foot fishing pier or enjoy their various hiking trails throughout the park including a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, which spans over 184 miles. So whether you’re looking for something adventurous or relaxing, you can find it at Leesylvania State Park.
Take a left up at Neabsco Road.
If you enjoy nature but would prefer something a little off the beaten path, visit Powell’s Landing Park. Connected by the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, Powell’s Landing offers year round hiking trails right near Powell’s Creek.
The paths are mainly dirt and gravel but still offer low intensity, making it suitable for all fitness levels. If you end up visiting in late fall or winter, keep your eyes peeled for the Beaver dams located on Powell’s Creek.
We will be passing some neighborhoods. On your left is Port Potomac, Port Potomac is comprised of 982 homes with a mix of both townhomes and single family homes. A great perk of living in Port Potomac is they have both an indoor and outdoor pool, so you can get your laps in all year round. Enjoy other amenities like a community dog park, tennis court, soccer field and clubhouse.
On your right we will be passing by some of the Eagle Pointe Community. This is a 545-acre, 1,100-home planned community with a wide variety of home styles, sizes and prices making it accessible to various different buyers.
Enjoy access to a community clubhouse complete with a pool and a community fitness center. The inclusion of a tot lot and many walking trails throughout the community make this a perfect place for budding families.
If you continue down River Heritage Blvd you will pass a few schools including Covington- Harper Elementary School, Home of the Cheetahs!
Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School and Potomac Shore Middle school are also located in close proximity.
We need to turn left on Potomac Shores Parkway. Please follow your navigation. Next up is the Potomac Shores Golf Club. Enjoy your drive along the beautiful tree lined street while I fill you in on more of the awesome amenities found in the Potomac Shores community.
Have you ever thought about joining a Canoe Club? Good, because Potomac Shores is planning a 100 foot pier and launching point for all kinds of small recreational craft. Of course there’s fishing and swimming as well.
Feeling sporty? How about 30 acres of soccer and lacrosse fields, baseball and softball fields, playgrounds and a concessions building. The Sports Complex is top-notch.
A fitness barn up ahead on your right? You’d better believe it! Featuring a gym, movement studio, yoga lawn, Kids Club and an 8 lane competition pool, this Barn has it all. But wait, there’s another barn! The Social Barn gives you a family pool, complete with cabanas and a snack bar, a greenhouse, a huge event-lawn, and inside living room and, get this - a demonstration kitchen for culinary events!
As we turn left on Dunnington Place and then left on Potomac Shores Parkway, let me tell you about the Potomac Shores Golf Club that will be on your right, just on the other side of the neighborhood. Potomac Shores is the only publicly accessible Jack Nicklaus Signature Design in Northern Virginia. This dynamic 72- par course provides multiple elevation changes as well as natural wetland buffers, offering a unique golf experience for both novice and pro players alike.
If you get hungry during your game make sure to stop by Tidewater Grill, Potomac Shores very own on-site restaurant. Enjoy golf club classics like lobster mac and cheese or a hearty Carbonara. If you are feeling more indulgent, make sure to visit for a Sunday brunch to enjoy a Red Velvet Waffle complete with Cinnamon butter. They also have specials throughout the week including their iconic taco Tuesday.
Do me a favor and turn right when you get to Spring Cress Drive. I’ll give you even MORE amazing information about this amazing community.
I promised more information, right? Well here it goes. As the name suggests, the Potomac Shores community is nestled right near the edge of the Potomac River offering over 2 miles of shoreline on “The Nation's River” . You’ll find a mix of single family homes, townhomes and even luxury villas in this area.
Enjoy the private 13,000 feet indoor/outdoor playground reserved exclusively for Potomac Shore residents as well their very own fitness barn that offers a modern gym, movement studio and 8-lane competition pool. Got a green thumb? Potomac Shores has its own community garden and greenhouse for all your planting needs!
With so much to enjoy, Potomac Shores prides itself on fostering a close knit community.
Please follow your navigation. I’m pretty excited about our next stop. Or, next announcement.
Coming soon is the brand new Potomac Shores VRE station which will be located just a short walk from the Potomac Shores neighborhood. VRE stands for the Virginia Railway Express, which is a commuter rail helping bring commuters from outlying towns from Northern Virginia into D.C.
Enjoy a hassle free commute into D.C with access to a commuter rail just outside your neighborhood. Until it's 2023 opening, you can still enjoy the close proximity of the VRE at its Rippon and Quantico stations.
Off to your right is the Dumfries Commuter lot. Otherwise known as Park and Ride. If you are commuting to work or school, or you want to do some shopping the area, run errands etc, you can park your car here and then take a bus, jump in a carpool, take your bicycle or even just walk, this Park and Ride is a great place to park your car.
How about we check out a Museum next! Alright, let’s do it!
Just a couple of blocks north of us on the corner of Camerson and Duke Streets is the historic Weems-Botts Museum and Annex. Inside you can take guided tours of this beautiful home that is decorated in 18th, 19th and 20 century decor.
You can also learn about its history - This home has seen a lot, starting out as a church, then a book depot, then a law office and finally the home of a merchant family.
Please keep following your navigation.
Just ahead on your right is the National Museum of the Marine Corps which acts as a lasting tribute to the U.S Marines. The Museum offers a look into the Marines, past, present and future with exhibits on the impactful wars they have served in. A beautiful exhibit worth noting is their exhibit dedicated to combat art, here you will see over 9,000 pieces of art by Active Duty Marines, Reservists and civilians documenting the life of Marines.
Also, welcome to Quantico, home of one of the largest U.S Marine Corps bases. Aside from the Marine Corps Base, Quantico is home to the FBI Academy which has been seen in multiple films and movies including the opening sequence of “The Silence of the Lambs” and the TV show thriller “Quantico”.
Continue down Jefferson Davis Highway.
Why don’t we end this tour at a park - Locust Shade Park. This place offers quite a lot. There’s playgrounds, tennis courts, batting cages and even an 18-hole miniature golf course. They also offer rentable pavilions, making this a great place to have a picnic after visiting the National Museum of Marine Corps.
During the Months between November and April the 8-acre pond is stocked with Trout By Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Urban fishing program as well as channel catfish in the spring, making this a perfect place for a day of fishing.
And that concludes our tour of Prince William County. I hope you had fun because I sure did. If Prince William County has peaked your interest, reach out to Real Estate by Bansar at (703) 215-9680 or email them at BanyandSarah@RealEstatebyBanSar.com