Dahlgren Travel Guide

  • Area by the highway with a welcome sign
    Area by the highway with a welcome sign
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  • Swan's Point opposite Colonial Beach
    Swan's Point opposite Colonial Beach
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Dahlgren Hotels

  • Comfort Inn Dahlgren

    4661 James Madison Pkwy, Dahlgren, VA 22448

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Dahlgren Restaurants

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    McDonalds, Burger King et. al: Fast Food

    by grandmaR Written Oct 2, 2008

    Every now and then we will stop off in Dahlgren to go to the bathroom or get a snack. There are several restaurants along the highway here. These include

    Arby's
    5426 James Madison Pkwy, King George, VA - (540) 644-0055

    Burger King -
    5320 James Madison Pkwy, King George, VA - (540) 663-0563

    KFC -
    5400 James Madison Pkwy, King George, VA - (540) 644-8400

    Mc Donald's
    5265 James Madison Pkwy, King George, VA - (540) 663-3251

    Approaching US 301 and VA 206 intersection US 301 and VA 206 intersection Intersection from the other side On the way to the bridge
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Dahlgren Off The Beaten Path

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    Kayaking!!

    by squidly2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is my favorite side-trip from Dahlgren. (Around 30 minutes?)
    In Westmoreland State park you can rent kayaks and explore the Potomac River. It is really a beautiful area. There are rentals, but I can't find the exact price now. (It was less than $25). They rent everything you need, and they have tours as well.

    It's at State hwy 3 and St Hwy 347 near Montross.

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    Closest winery

    by squidly2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is a place called Ingleside Vineyards in Oak Grove, VA. It's a good place to spend an hour or so. I remember liking their ice wine. They have events scheduled throughout the year. It's about 20 minutes from Dahlgren.

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Dahlgren Sports & Outdoors

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    Dahlgren Yacht Club or Machodoc Creek...

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 2, 2008

    The marinas do not have enough water in it for us to bring our boat here.

    The Yacht Club itself is only open to military or associated people. Conviently located. A fairly safe harbor. Inexpensive slips. Great group of people.

    There is also Machodoc Creek which is a 64 slip marina with deep water access to the Potomac River on the Upper Machodoc Creek in Historic King George County, Virginia. The marina was formerly operated as Dahlgren Marine Works and is still carried on some chart books under its former name. Dahlgren Marine Center purchased the marina in July of 2005. The marina is the former home of Elizabeth Quesenberry. This historic home was the first Virginia home visited by John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

    Equipment: Products And Services‎: Fuel, Launching
    Specialty‎: Deep Water Ships, Fuel, Marine Supplies & Parts for All Engines, Ramp, Winter Storage

    Dahlgren from the Potomac
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    Naval Proving Ground

    by grandmaR Written Oct 2, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Dahlgren is in King George County, Virginia, United States on the Northern Neck.

    Since 1918, Dahlgren has been the site of a U.S. Naval base named for Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren. Dahlgren Hall at the USNA and several ships were also named for him. He was known as the "father of American naval ordnance."

    It was first the "U.S. Naval Proving Ground" but was renamed, in about 1940, "U.S. Naval Weapons Laboratory," in 1974, the "Naval Surface Weapons Center," in 1987 the "Naval Surface Warfare Center," and around 1990, as the "U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)." In 2006, it was renamed "Naval Support Activity-South Potomac (NSA-SP)", with NSWCDD becoming a tenant command of the base. The "U.S. Naval Space Surveillance Systems" command was located at that base, but was moved in 2006. The AEGIS Training and Readiness Center is currently a tenant command at NSA-SP.

    Fondest memory: The 2-mile long, narrow 2-lane Harry Nice Memorial Bridge funnels interstate traffic across the wide Potomac River at Dahlgren, offers an alternative to using Interstate 95. We much prefer this route even if it is a toll.

    NSWCDL can boast that it has ‘‘sighted” and certified every gun barrel on every surface craft ever used by the U.S. Navy. With its 18-mile range along the shores of the Potomac River and Machodoc Creek. The Dahlgren guns had a lot to do with the demolition of the St. Clement's Island lighthouse

    By boat, the river goes through the testing zone. We transited this area on our last boat trip.

    334.230 Potomac River.
    (a) Naval Surface Weapons Center, Dahlgren, Va.—(1) The danger zone—(ii) Middle zone.

    Beginning at the intersection of the Potomac River Bridge with the Virginia shore; thence to Light 33; thence to latitude 38°19′06″, longitude 76°57′07″ which point is about 3,300 yards east-southeast of Light 30; thence to Line of Fire Buoy O, about 1,150 yards southwesterly of Swan Point; thence to Line of Fire Buoy M, about 1,700 yards south of Potomac Point

    Buoy N off Colonial Beach Mathias Point marker upstream of the bridge Marker 33 Chart of the area Governor Nice Bridge
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