Aquia Creek Landing

Open year-round, Aquia Landing provides nearly a quarter-mile of recreational beach on the Potomac River. It is a superb natural setting, surrounded by wooded and marshy areas. Aquia Landing is located at the eastern edge of Stafford County on Brooke Road, 15 miles east of the Stafford County Courthouse. Alcohol is not permitted. Two large shelters are available for rental; call 540-658-5019 for reservations.

During the civil war, thousands of slaves moved northward by foot, wagon, and rail, most of them boarding steamboats at Aquia Landing, bound for Alexandria and Washington, D.C. It is believed to be the largest exodus of slaves emancipating themselves.