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Sports and Recreation

The Blue Ridge Mountains, scenic country roads, rivers and forests and state and regional parks provide the perfect setting for a wide range of outdoor activities and adventures
all year long.

Hiking

butterfly at Shenandoah National ParkGiant boulders line the trail and spectacular views reward your efforts from the top of Old Rag Mountain in Madison County, a favorite among hikers who return year after year. Sky Meadows Park in Fauquier County offers panoramic views of the surrounding farms and access to the Appalachian Trail. Culpeper’s regional parks offer the perfect place for a leisurely hike or a more active workout at fitness stations located along the pathways. Hike along level, paved walking trails or take a more adventureous nature trail. Many of Culpeper’s parks are marked with interpretive panels with information about the history that happened nearby. For a more extensive walk back in time, visit one of the preserved battlefields.

Shenandoah National Park offers many outstanding trails for hiking in the serenity of the woods, past waterfalls and with sweeping vistas of the surrounding valleys. White Oak Canyon is perhaps the best waterfall hike in the park.


Camping

Gather around a campfire and sahre an evening under the stars with family and friends at the Rappahannock River Campground, Shenandoah Hills Campground and other places to camp.


Horseback Riding

Here in the heart of horse country, the choice is yours! Experience the beauty of the Piedmont from the back of horse at ranches such as the Marriott Ranch, Inn at Kelly’s Ford, Lantern Lane Farm, Graves Mountain Lodge and Oakland Heights Farm in Orange. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled rider, they will take you and your family on memorable rides through fields, woods and mountains. Horseback riding, trail riding and fox hunting are offered at specialty inns such as Conyers House Country Inn & Stable. Equestrian events take place in the region throughout the year. Enjoy the thrill of watching a race, steeplechase or other equestrian event or visit a horse farm during Culpeper’s Harvest Days Farm Tour. For more information, check the Calendar of Events.


On the Water

CanoeingIf you prefer gliding quietly down a river or an afternoon of fishing, the Rappahannock, Rapidan, Rose, Robinson, and Hughes rivers offer great canoeing, kayaking and rafting and tranquil places to cast a line. Regional outfitters like the Rappahannock River Campground stand ready to help equip and take you to a good place to begin your adventure. The Rose River Vineyard and Trout Farm and Graves Mountain Lodge Trout Pond in Madison County offer fishing in breathtaking mountain scenery. Rappahannock is home to the headwaters of the Rappahannock River as well as 755 miles of streams and rivers, including the Thornton, Hazel, Jordan and Hughes rivers, offering opportunities for fishing and kayaking.

The Kelly’s Ford access point on the Rappahannock River is a popular put-in location for boats, canoes and kayaks. Friends of the Rappahannock advocates for restoration of and volunteer opportunities on the river and sponsors a summer fishing day camp for children.

The region’s lakes:


Bicycling

Explore the region close up as you bicycle along winding scenic byways for one or several days. Stop at local wineries and historic towns. Replenish your energy at restaurants that range from gourmet to basic fare and rest your tired legs at one of the many outstanding B&Bs. The town of Remington has a network of bicycle routes which wind through Fauquier's countryside and Civil War history.

In Culpeper, you can can ride through history on country roads with stops at local battlefields . Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Piedmont region on a luxury bicycle adventure. Tour D’Epicure’s fully supported cycling vacation packages are led by experienced cyclists and include luxury accommodations, five star dining and fine Virginia wines.


Hunting

The region’s wildlife management areas provide thousands of acres of woods and open spaces where you can hunt deer, turkey, woodcock, and grouse.


Golf

Golf at South Wales in CulpeperIf hitting the links is your idea of a perfect day, the region has golf courses in beautiful settings. There are also places to swim, play tennis and walk in regional parks. Find information on the county recreation pages below.

 

 

Put your hiking or riding boots, bicycle, golf clubs or fishing rod and gear in the car and come enjoy The Virginia Piedmont.

 

 

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Sports and Recreation

Hiking

Camping

Horseback Riding

On the Water

Bicycling

Hunting

Golf

 

 The Virginia Piedmont …something special in the foothills