Stafford Holistic Counseling wants to help you get outside in Stafford, VA
I have had a few clients, who are transplants to the area, express to me lately their frustration with living in Stafford, VA. Don’t get me wrong, I feel your pain! The traffic is awful, and the way that the infrastructure has been mostly devoted to building up Garrisonville Road and not other parts of the county is annoying. I wish that we had some mixed use spaces like you find at the Wegman’s area of Woodbridge or Mosaic in Fairfax. Places where you can shop, dine out, and space to just sit and be apart of the community.
What we lack in well organized public/retail space we make up for accessibility to nature, I kid you not! We are not just a suburb of Washington, DC, and convenient to I-95, we are also close to the Potomac River and some preserved park areas. So the first place on our tour of the area will be Crow’s Nest Park and Nature Preserve. This secluded area is only just recently accessible to the public. The park offers easy to moderate hiking trails through the woods and along the creek as well as an opportunity to launch a canoe, kayak, or paddle board. This preserve offers up an opportunity to be close to nature in area that has long been secluded and only for the animals.
Next stop on our list is Aquia Landing beach park. Here there are opportunities to swim in the Potomac River off a man-made beach, fish, and picnic under the large shelter. Aquia Landing and the surrounding area’s was once part of the large amounts of land occupied by the Powhatan people under it’s leader Chief Powhatan. It later became a port during the Civil War in which the North and South fought for it’s control because of it’s close proximity to Washington, DC.
Last but not least is Government Island. This park is a great place to go out for a long walk, either with friends, a pet, or even alone. This park got its name because the area was originally used as a quarry to mine for the limestone that was used to make many of the buildings that still stand today in Washington, DC.
Now that you hopefully have some new ideas of things to do in the area take a moment to step outside and visit one of these beautiful places. We all know how important exercise and fresh air is, but it’s easy to get caught up in our day to day lives and say we don’t have time. Take a chance and try something different, it’s hard to break old patterns and create new ones, but it really can make a difference. Remember that you have to do for yourself in order to be able to do for others.