Sports & Recreation

Cannon RidgeStafford’s advantageous location and geography make for a wide range of local recreational choices.  Bordered to the east by the Potomac River and to the south by the Rappahannock River, Stafford offers a combined total of 51 miles of shoreline!  The rivers and their tributaries provide the perfect setting for water sports, fishing, as well as a scenic boat route to the Chesapeake Bay. 

The Rappahannock River is noted for its natural, undeveloped shores and its white water canoeing.  Creeks and lakes abound in Stafford County, and many parks offer an escape to observe the wildlife and natural surroundings.  One of Stafford’s newest additions, Government Island – a natural park preserve and archaeological site – offers both recreation and history through its trail system and interpretive signs.  The Island’s 1.5-mile natural hiking trail (footpath) around the island, includes a wooden boardwalk over the tidal creeks, along with some mildly rugged terrain for observing aquatic and native plants, as well as birds and other wildlife. 

The Stafford County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities also provides an array of activities, facilities, and services to meet the varied recreational needs and interests of our County's diverse population.  The Department maintains 11 public parks and trail facilities throughout Stafford County and offers the following programs and services:

  • Sports and athletics programs and leagues (children and adults)
  • Outdoor recreation activities, events, and services
  • Music, dance, and cultural arts activities
  • Arts and crafts
  • Instructional classes and workshops
  • Hobbies and special interest activities
  • Special events
  • Self-improvement opportunities
  • Indoor recreation programs
  • Camps

The County also operates two public pools – Woodlands Pool and Curtis Park Pool – for both indoor (Woodlands) and summertime swimming fun.

For complete information on Stafford Parks and Recreation programs, visit the County website.

Other nearby indoor and all-season recreational opportunities, including local wineries and breweries, are discussed on the Stafford County Tourism website.