Aquia Landing Park
Open year-round, this popular public beach offers fishing, picnicking, kayaking and two large picnic shelters for rent. This beach has a special place in African-American history and is listed as an Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site. Henry "Box" Brown, Ellen & William Craft, and John Washington were among the 10,000 enslaved people who self-emancipated through Aquia Landing on their escape route to freedom.
Located just 7 miles east of Stafford Courthouse (Exit 140 - from I-95). Open 8am to dusk. This site was the end of the RF&P Railroad making it an important transportation point between the Northern and Southern states. It was the first place to see naval fire during the Civil War, also making it featured stop on the Civil War Trails Site. See the Trail to Freedom website for additional information on this special place in history. Retrace their journeys at Aquia Landing.