George Washington Birthplace National Monument | POTOMAC RIVER BEACH

Potomac River Beach at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Potomac River Beach at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

A small beach is located on the Potomac River at the end of Bridges Creek Road. This is the location of the Washingtons’ boat dock where supplies came in and tobacco and other crops were loaded for transport to England. The large ships would remain anchored out on the river while smaller boats did the actual transporting of the goods.

Other than a spot for walking or sitting along the river—the National Park Service does not recommend swimming—if you have a canoe or kayak, you can launch and land from here. However, no motorized boats are permitted.

Fishing is allowed from the beach. You do not need any special permit from the National Park Service, but you do need the proper Virginia fishing license, and Virginia fishing laws apply. See the Fishing web page for more information.

Visitors to George Washington Birthplace National Memorial walk along the Potomac River Beach

Visitors to George Washington Birthplace National Memorial walk along the Potomac River Beach

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Last updated on April 18, 2024
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