Belle Isle State Park in Virginia

Belle Isle State Park in Virginia
Belle Isle State Park is located in rural, northern Virginia's Lancaster County, just a two-hour drive from Richmond. This 733-acre park on the Rappahannock River boasts wetlands, tidal coves, forests and lowland marshes, as well as miles of trails and bridle paths.


Camping season starts in March and runs until the first Monday in December. There are campsites and a camping lodge on site.

Other Lodging

Two fully equipped houses are available for rent within the 33-acre Bel Air Overnight Area of the park: The Bel Air Guest House and the Bel Air Mansion. You can rent the entire area, including both houses, or you can rent just one of the houses.


There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding and wildlife viewing, however, there is no place to swim within the park.


Canoes, kayaks, boats and bikes can be rented from the park if you choose not to bring your own.


Belle Isle State Park is home to a number of predator birds, including bald eagles, ospreys, blue herons and hawks. You can also view white-tailed deer, groundhogs, moles, rabbits and many types of amphibians in the park's diverse ecosystem.

Article Written By Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.

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