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.
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
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
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.
Gather around a campfire and sahre an evening
under the stars with family and friends at the Rappahannock
Shenandoah Hills Campground and other places to camp.
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
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
you prefer gliding quietly down a river or an afternoon of fishing,
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.
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:
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.
you can can ride through history on country roads with stops at
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.
The region’s wildlife
management areas provide thousands of acres of woods and open spaces
where you can hunt deer, turkey, woodcock, and grouse.
If 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
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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