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Where to Kayak in Leesburg, VA

Kayaking Lake in Algonkian Regional Park, Virginia

Downtown Leesburg is a picturesque historic town. Established in 1758, it’s bustling with restaurants, cafes, bars, breweries and boutiques. It’s just minutes from DC in northern Virginia and surrounded by rivers, lakes and beautiful wilderness for outdoor exploration.

Best Kayaking in Leesburg, VA

Located near the Potomac River and surrounded by lakes, there are some great kayaking spots in and around Leesburg, VA. So, grab your paddle and let’s explore some of the best places for kayaking in northern Virginia.

Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park

Leesburg, VA

For anyone interested in our nation’s history and kayaking, Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park is a must paddle. A Civil War historical site, you’ll find guided tours and living history events in addition to an entire park to explore. There’s a boat launch providing access to the Potomac River near Harrison Island. Paddle the Maryland side for farmland views or stick to the Virginia side for a purely wilderness experience.

Algonkian Regional Park

Sterling, VA

Algonkian Regional Park is just minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., but offers a more secluded paddle on the Potomac River. There’s a launch point right near the park’s main parking lot that gives you easy access to explore several islands. Other launch points throughout the park allow more ambitious paddlers to explore the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and the Seneca Breaks. Additionally, the park features a golf course, waterpark, multiple picnic shelters and woodsy hiking trails.

Lake Anna State Park

Spotsylvania, VA

Lake Anna is a beautiful and secluded lake in Lake Anna State Park. It’s located between Richmond and Washington, D.C., about two hours from Leesburg. The lake is long and narrow with many creeks and bays to explore. There is also a swimming beach and campground at the State Park. Both offer excellent starting points for a kayaking adventure.

The Occoquan River Paddle Route 

Fairfax County, VA

This long, peaceful paddle along the Occoquan Reservoir is the perfect way to explore Northern Virginia. All total, it’s a 40-mile route but there’s multiple put ins along the trek. Two popular starting points are the Sandy Run Regional Park and Fountainhead Regional Park. Both will give lots of opportunities for spotting wildlife in the dense forest as well as some excelling hiking trails if you want to explore by foot as well.

Riverbend Park

Fairfax County, VA

Riverbend Park is located along the Potomac River and beautifully blends history and nature. The park covers more than 400 acres of forest, meadow and ponds. Enjoy spectacular river views, beautiful wildflowers and birds as you explore the Potomac River and a number of islands.

Lake Frederick

Frederick County, VA

Owned by the Virginia Department of Wildlife, Lake Frederick is a stunning retreat for nature lovers and migratory birds. Spot great blue and green herons, wood ducks, double-crested cormorants, gulls, woodpeckers, kingbirds and terns. The pristine lake is 120 acres and filled with intricate inlets for exploring the lush forest. The lake is also stocked with trout, bass, crappie, and other types of fish.

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