Beat the heat at Tuckahoe State Park
QUEEN ANNE — Tuckahoe State Park tucked away in Queen Anne on Crouse Mill Road is only a few minutes from Centreville and easily overlooked, but the park offers 20 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails along with a 60-acre lake for boating and fishing.
In the heat of the summer and with out-of-town traffic clogging up the roads, a quiet respite can be a welcome change. The park has two picnic areas, each offering shaded sites with picnic tables, charcoal grills, playground equipment and horseshoe pits. Six cabins are also available for rent through the state park website and reservation system. The cabins sleep four to six campers and are equipped with ceiling fan, electricity, air conditioning, grill, fire ring and table.
The park has a launch ramp available on one side of Tuckahoe Lake for boaters. Although gasoline motor use is prohibited, canoeing is a popular activity on both the lake and the creek because of the park’s abundant wildlife. Kayaks can be rented for use on the lake above the dam for a daily fee from April through October. Current fees and additional rental information is available by calling the park office.
A recycled tire playground on one side of the lake offers lots of play area for children and a volleyball net and sand court. There is also a small fishing pier in the same vicinity.
One of the best kept secrets at Tuckahoe is the Challenge Course, which offers zip lines, low ropes, a rock wall and giant swing for a thrilling experience and team building exercises. The course is open to groups by reservation and to families and individuals on holiday weekends and Family Fun weekends in the spring and fall.
Every weekend, Memorial Day through Labor Day, the park and staff offer free family activities. The park office has an updated list of what is happening and when.
On July 22, day campers with the Queen Anne’s Parks and Recreation program from Centreville and Church Hill and the surrounding area spent the afternoon at Tuckahoe. Valerie Elliot, camp staffer, said the children had enjoyed a nature walk and scavenger hunt before wading on the shoreline and trying their hand at fishing. The camps try to take one or two trips each week and Elliot said they were pleased to have such a short ride to enjoy spending the day outdoors.
The park is open sunrise to sunset, and pets are welcome. Tuckahoe State Park is located at 13070 Crouse Mill Road in Queen Anne. For more information call 410-820-1668.
Caroline Newcomb, right, gives her dad, Jim, a ride on the family tractor during the parade of equipment at the 2015 Wheat Threshing, Steam and Gas Engine Show.
Fishing at Tuckahoe State Park.
Playing on the giant tires and swing at playground at Tuckahoe State Park.