Caledon Natural Area
King George, VA
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: A designated National Natural Landmark, Caledon Natural Area provides visitors a unique opportunity to view bald eagles in their natural habitat. Caledon and the surrounding areas are the summer home for one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles on the East Coast.

As many as 60 eagles have been spotted here on the bluffs overlooking the Potomac River, a major Chesapeake Bay tributary. Caledon preserves the national bird's habitat while allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of this part of the Potomac River by hiking and picnicking in a mature forest. Visitors can learn more about the natural history of Caledon by touring the visitor center.

Location / Directions: Caledon is located in King George County VA between Fairview Beach and Owens, 20 miles east of Fredericksburg on Route 218. From Fredericksburg, take 218 east. From U.S. 301, turn right on Rt. 206 west for four miles to Rt. 218, then travel west about 1 mile.
Address: Caledon Natural Area
11617 Caledon Road
King George, VA 22485
Phone: (540) 663-3861
E-mail: caledon@dcr.vriginia.gov
Activities: Five hiking trails in the natural area are open year-round and take park visitors through environmentally sensitive marshlands and picturesque wooded areas of the park. The 3.5 mile Boyd's Hole Trail leading to the Potomac River is the most popular of the trails. Because human traffic disturbs the park's summer population of roosting and foraging eagles, this trail is only open from Oct. 1 through March 31.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Hiking Picnicking

Fees: April 1 - October 1: $2 weekdays, $3 weekends.
November 1 - March 31: $2
Visitor Facilities: Visitor Center, trails, environmental education center, picnic shelter. No overnight facilities.
Size: 2,579 acres
Accessibility: Visitor center: Accessible by a ramp at the right, front corner of the building.

Picnic area: There are three paved sites with wheelchair accessible tables. These sites connect to the parking area via paved paths.

Environmental Education Pavilion: Handicapped accessible from handicapped parking at the picnic area via compressed rock dust path.

Trails:Although motorized vehicles are not permitted on park trails, electric wheelchairs and electric scooters that meet the federal definition for wheelchairs are allowed to enable people with disabilities to use the trails.

Website: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/parks/caledon.htm

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