Westmoreland State Park
|Westmoreland State Park|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Potomac River shoreline within Westmoreland State Park
|Area||1,299 acres (5.26 km2)|
|Governing body||Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation|
Westmoreland State Park lies within Westmoreland County, Virginia. The park extends about one and a half miles along the Potomac River. The park covers 1,311 acres. The park's Horsehead Cliffs provide visitors with a panoramic view of the Potomac River. The park offers hiking, camping, cabins, fishing, boating and swimming.
Westmoreland State Park is one of the six original state parks opened in June 1936. The park was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Most of the roads and trails found in the park were originally dug by hand. Located on the Northern Neck Peninsula, the park is close to George Washington’s birthplace and Stratford Hall, the birthplace Robert E. Lee.
The Tayloe and Helen Murphy Hall is a recently renovated restaurant built by the CCC in 1936. The facility contains exposed wood beams, wrought iron hardware, and a large fireplace. The restaurant has been renovated and now hosts meetings, special events, and educational programs. The hall is named for Tayloe Murphy, former delegate to the Virginia legislature and Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, and his wife, Helen, both of whom are from Westmoreland, Virginia. 
- Hiking trails - 7 trails covering 6 miles
- The park's popular "Beach Trail" leads from the Visitor Center to the shore of the Potomac, below the Horsehead Cliffs. Embedded in these cliffs are fossil remains of porpoises, whales, and sharks from as long as 15 million years ago. Erosion over time exposes these remains and hunting for shark's teeth is a popular activity for visitors. 
- Beach area - on the Potomac River
- Boating - ramp available
- History and Nature Programs
- Gift Shop
- Visitor Center
Westmoreland State Park has 26 cabins available for renting. These range from one-room efficiency log cabins to two-bedroom log or cinderblock cabins.
The park has 133 camping sites available for tents or recreational vehicles.
- "Westmoreland State Park". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- Harper, Jean. "Westmoreland State Park". CCC Legacy. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- Guide to the State Parks of the United States. National Geographic Society. ISBN 1-4262-0251-2, 9781426202513 Check
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- Official website Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Westmoreland State Park on stateparks.com
- Hiking Trails in Westmoreland State Park