Sandy beach
Hike-in Required
Snorkeling / SCUBA
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The secluded Fossil Beach is nestled between several large bluffs on the banks of the Potomac River. Despite its great swimming and fishing opportunities, the beach is known for something else: hunting for fossilized shark teeth.

Millions of years ago the entire area was underwater and a hotbed for different species of sharks (including megalodon). Today adults and children alike enjoy sifting through the sand at the edge of the river in hopes of finding small shark teeth. A colander or sand sifter to aid the search is a great idea, but no shovels or excavation tools of any kind are allowed.

The beach is located inside Westmoreland State Park on the Northern Neck of Virginia. From the visitor center parking area, a short 0.7-mile trail leads down to the beach. This short trail can deter potential beach visitors, causing it to be less crowded than the close-by Westmoreland State Park Beach. The trail is wide, sandy, and has a slight incline.

Warning: Signs are posted to stay out of certain areas and off of the dunes/bluffs. The park rangers here take this very seriously and will not hesitate to issue trespassing fines to violators.

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Parking Pass

State Park Fee


Shark teeth.


Narrow beach.




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