Potomac River Beach

Potomac River Beach
Potomac River Beach

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Quick Facts

Beach/Water Access, Canoe/Kayak/Small Boat Launch, Parking - Auto

Things to Know

Use Caution

Sharp dropoffs and strong tidal surges can create dangerous situations.

Fossil Collecting is Prohibited

Fossils are non-renewable resources. Once these paleontolgical resources are gone, their scientific value can never be replaced.

Things to Do


The following may be gathered by hand for personal use:

  • unoccupied seashells
  • driftwood or downed trees small enough to be carried out without dragging

Canoeing and Kayaking

  • The park shorelines along Popes Creek and ponds are closed to landing and launching of all boats/watercraft. The shoreline along the Potomac River beach is closed to motorized boats/watercraft.
  • Canoes and kayaks may be launched from the Potomac River Beach as it is the only designated area for such activity in the park.
  • Careful consideration should be given to weather conditions and tidal current.


Fishing is popular along the Potomac River. The Fishing page states the license and regulations for fishing along the Potomac River.


  • Parking: No designated spaces.
  • Restrooms: None available.
  • Routes: Parking lot is paved. Access to sandy beach is grass with a slight slope. Tides can erode the transition from the grass to the sand to form a drop off.
  • Water: None available.
  • Seating: None available.
  • Learn more about accessibility in the park.

George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Last updated: April 19, 2021