Prince William’s Potomac River

Prince William’s Potomac River

Posted by Danny Barker on March 07, 2014  /   Posted in Kayaking

Outdoor Fun at Prince William County’s Potomac River

The Potomac River in Prince William county is the ideal outdoor destination. The Potomac River extends 383 miles from Fairfax Stone, West Virginia to Point Lookout, Maryland. The waterfront is found at the feet of the Washington D.C. Monuments.

If you have any interest in outdoor recreation then you should visit the Potomac River. It provides a beautiful waterfront setting that is clean, safe and for people of all ages. You’ll find hiking and biking trails including the popular Capital Crescent Trail which travels from Georgetown to Bethesda, Maryland. The Mount Vernon Trail is another popular destination for runners, hikers and bikers. This pathway goes all the way from the Theodore Roosevelt Island to Mount Vernon, Virginia.

The waterway also presents kayaking opportunities through Penguin Paddling. You can rent a kayak or take kayak tours at several locations along the river. Kayaking allows you to have fun while exercising on the water at your own pace. You’ll be able to access portions of the river where you will spot bald eagles, fish and other wildlife.

You can also rent a stand up paddleboard onto the water for a wavy good time. People have used the river for SUP (stand up paddleboarding) since around 2005. You can stand up paddleboard with the help of trained professionals who provide board rentals and offer lessons to teach you the proper SUP techniques. Or you can rent one and teach yourself how to do it for a fun challenge!

The next time you are in Prince William county, think about this fun fact. There are channels buried beneath the Potomac River’s modern development. These waterways existed before any man made structures were built on the water. Scientists from the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science recently discovered these hidden headwater channels throughout the river’s watershed with the use of high resolution maps.

The next time you’re at the Potomac, be sure to stop by Penguin Paddling for some interesting sightseeing. This area by the waterway was originally inhabited by an Algonquian tribe known as the Patowomacks. Quantico is a Native American term meaning “by the large stream”. Its historic district contains 122 buildings, a water tower, sculptures and two landscapes. Neabsco creek, north of Quantico, was at one time a major inland port. Before becoming silted in, Neabsco was a larger port than Old Tow Alexandria ever was!

Considering its beauty, the waterfront is surprisingly uncrowded. Check out the Neabsco Creek area for the best kayaking and paddleboarding opportunities. You might catch a glimpse of some awesome wildlife including bald eagles, beavers, ducks, osprey and kingfishers to name a few species. It’s the perfect way to spend a morning, afternoon, or evening.

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