Guided Trips: Crow’s Nest, Aquia Landing and Hopyard in Stafford and King George Counties
Interpretive, guided trips — Included are canoes and kayaks, paddles, life vests and transportation.
Learn about wetlands ecology, plants, animals, fossils and history of our great region with Hal Wiggins! Hal is a wetlands ecologist, botanist, biologist, environmental scientist, author and artist who worked for the Army Corps of Engineers for 24 years.
To book one of these guided trips, contact Hal Wiggins by calling 540-907-6562
Crow’s Nest natural Area Preserve
This interpretive trip launches from the new floating dock off Brooke Road in Stafford County, VA. The Focus of this float is the flora and fauna of the freshwater tidal marshes surrounding Crow’s Nest peninsula. This extraordinary peninsula is comprised of 2,872 acres of mature hardwood forests best seen from the water by kayak and/or canoe. Hal will provide botanical, geological and historical interpretation as we easily float through marshes found along the peninsula.
Aquia Landing is a Stafford County park at the mouth of Aquia Creek as it flows into the Potomac River. The focus of this float is the unique geology and paleontology of the Aquia formation, an ancient marine deposit laid 59 to 55.5 million years ago during the Paleocene Epoch. This region of Stafford County in the coastal plain was once the Salisbury embayment and was completely underwater. There are fossil strewn beaches where you find mako, sand and tiger shark teeth, extinct crocodile teeth and the turret snail.
This public landing in King George County is on the lower Rappahannock River and is part of the Captain John Smith Trail. It is an easy, slow moving tidal segment of the river for kayak and/or canoe. Both sides of the river here is forested and abounds with water fowl and raptors. Freshwater tidal marshes will be explored as well.
Paddling groups are kept small to reduce our impact. This is a flat water trip. Paddlers need to be prepared to spend three hours paddling with many breaks for discussion and enjoying the sites.We provide the boats, paddles and life jackets, please bring the following items to make your trip more enjoyable:
Water Shoes (warn throughout the day)
Dry Change of Clothes
Water (at least 1 Liter, no glass bottles)
Snacks for the day
We run the trips daily in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. You must register in advance. Meet at the VOC 9:00 A.M and return at 3:00 P.M. Previous paddling experience is helpful but not required. Come experience memorable adventures on Accokeek and Potomac Creeks!