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Located on Virginia's Northern Neck peninsula, the town of Colonial Beach has the advantageous position of being a river and a beach town. It is bounded by the scenic Potomac River, Monroe Bay, and Monroe Creek. In addition to the range of activities and attractions in and around town, one of the showcased highlights is the beach, which is one of the biggest in the state.
It is around an hour drive to the cities of both Washington, DC and the Virginia state capital Richmond, while Chesapeake is much closer if you are looking for little city life book an RV rental in Westmoreland County and enjoy the nightlife.
One of the most visited outdoor areas worth checking out is Westmoreland State Park, located on the Potomac River's Northern Neck. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and this alone is a reason it should be on your Virginia bucket list. Fossil hunters enjoy spending time looking for shark teeth along the banks of the river, while nature lovers will enjoy the many birds that call the park their home, including American bald eagles, kingfishers, great blue herons, and many others. If it is views you are looking for, take the trails up to the top of the Horse Head cliffs, where views out over the Potomac River are spectacular.
Heading north you'll come to First Landing State Park, and although you'll need to drive here, the unusual habitats and ecosystems make it well worth the trip in your travel trailer rental from Colonial Beach. The park is where the first English colonists landed in 1607, a time where very different boats to today navigated the parks waterways, and it is not surprising it has been listed as a National Natural Landmark. It has 20 miles of trail and 1.5 miles of beach front to enjoy, as well as many recreational and educational activities. Habitats include bald Cyprus swamps, lagoons, and a maritime forest, with bike hire available as an alternative way to see it all.
Home to majestic bald eagles and a range of other birds and wildlife, the Voorhees Nature Preserve offers some stunning views of the Rappahannock River. Covering a space of 729 acres, it contains miles of wooded trails where you can witness a range of flora and fauna before heading back to your Colonial Beach RV rental for the night.
One of the closest RV parks to town is Monroe Bay Marina and Campground, located in a sheltered bay on the banks of the Potomac River. Its location on the banks mean that you'll have picturesque views when sitting outside your luxury motorhome rental from Colonial Beach, and the range of facilities will ensure you a comfortable stay. There is a camp store, a playground, and game rooms to help keep the kids entertained. The highlight however, is the white sloping beach and boat ramp, which can provide hours of fun.
Harbour View RV and Camping Resort is another option for a place to park up your Colonial Beach travel trailer.overnight, so you can fully explore the area. Like with Monroe Bay, the river is on your doorstep, as is Westmoreland Berry Farm and various wineries, all of which are a good option for a day trip. Resort amenities are plentiful and include a clubhouse, mini golf, swimming pool, laundry facilities, a library, and many others, plus pets are welcome, so the park really can be enjoyed by the whole family.
If you are a fan of living on the wild side, then there are also a number of campground options in Westmoreland State Park itself. Saying in the state park means that the great outdoors will literally be on your doorstep as you walk out of your RV. All sites come with grills and outlets for 20 and 30 amp current. There is a beach and various hiking trails nearby, or alternatively why not explore the area on a guided kayak tour or hop on a bike.
Colonial Beach has a fascinating history, and one of the best ways to learn more about the area is paying a visit to the Colonial Beach Museum. The museum opened in 1999 in an 1890s Victorian Cottage and traces the history of the town and Potomac River from Captain John Smith's tour in 1607 to present day through the use of a range of photography and artifacts. In addition to running the museum, the Historical Society run a range of events throughout the year such as the Antique Car Show and Big Band Dance.
The calendar of Colonial Beach is packed with events all through the year, but one of the town’s favorites is the Boardwalk Arts and Crafts Fair which takes place in September. Stalls and booths line the wooden boardwalk along the beach, displaying a range of arts and crafts created by talented locals. You’ll find items in a range of media such as glass, ceramic, paintings, photography, and jewelry, so this a good place to pick up a souvenir. If you happen to be in town in your camper van rental from Colonial Beach when the fair is not on, the boardwalk is still a popular attraction as not only will you have great views of the water and beach, but there are also numerous eateries and shops to pop in and out of.
You are in for a real treat if you head to Colonial Beach Dragway, as it certainly is a day or night out with a difference. Many different types of vehicle take to the tracks, so what you see depends on what event you attend, from trucks and cars to motorcycles or ATVs, all are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Although the track is just 1/8 miles long, it is enough to get the adrenaline pumping.
If it's a Virginia beach you are seeking to relax on, consider a travel trailer rental in Virginia. Walk along the shoreline, catch a few rays at the beach, watch the dragsters at the raceway, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Rent a motorhome in Colonial Beach, Virginia and go have some fun!