Belle Isle State Park
Lancaster, VA
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Brief Description: The 733-acre park is a window to the beautiful lower Rappahannock River in Lancaster County. With seven miles of waterfront on the north shore of the Rappahannock, the park features diverse tidal and nontidal wetlands, lowland marshes, tidal coves and upland forests. The diverse habitats provide homes to many predator birds, such as blue herons, osprey, hawks and bald eagles. White-tailed deer, turkeys, groundhogs, rabbits, squirrels, moles, reptiles and amphibians are common. The park is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the location of the Belle Isle plantation, operated on the site throughout the 19th century. Visitors can reserve the Bel Air Mansion (pictured above) and Guest House situated on the river.
Location / Directions: From Warsaw, take State Route 3 East to SR 354. Turn right and follow for three miles. Turn right onto SR 683 near Litwalton to the park entrance. From Kilmarnock, take Route 3 West to Lively, then left on SR 201 for three miles, then right on SR 354 for three miles and left onto 683 to the park entrance
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Address: Belle Isle State Park
1632 Belle Isle Rd.
Lancaster, VA 22503
Visitor Phone: (804) 462-5030
E-mail: belleisle@dcr.virginia.gov
Activities: Camping (the new campground is open for tents and RV's); picnicking; boating; salt-water bank fishing; hiking; bicycling; horse-back riding; canoe tours; bird-watching

Biking Birding and Wildlife Viewing Boat Access Camping Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking

Fees: $2 per car weekdays and $3 weekends.
Visitor Facilities: Overnight facilities: Rental cabins, Bel Air Mansion, Bel Air Guest House; bicycle, boat and canoe rentals; picnic shelters.
Size: 733 acres
Accessibility: 2 handicap accessible picnic shelters; historic structures not presently handicap accessible.
Website: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/parks/bellisle.htm

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