Belle Isle State Park

Lancaster, Virginia 22503

Belle Isle State Park

Belle Isle State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Since colonial times, farmers have tilled the fields of Belle Isle; parts of this state park are farmed even today. Bird watchers, hikers, horseback riders, and cyclists in the mood for wide-open spaces find this an ideal destination.

Trails trace cornfields, cross tidal marshes, and wind through pine and hardwood filter strips—ribbons of woodland that separate fields from sensitive wetlands. Well-marked and easy to follow, trails feature interpretive boards explaining Chesapeake Bay ecology. Depending on the season, there’s a better-than-average chance of spotting a bald eagle or two, flocks of wintering tundra swans, and in summer, maybe a dolphin cruising the wide Rappahannock."

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Trail Information

Lancaster
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.3
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Open year-round, sunrise to sunset. Campground open Mar 1 to the first Mon in Dec.
Best Times
Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Rd., Lancaster; (804) 462-5030; www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/bel.shtml. For camping and guesthouse reservations, call (800) 933-PARK or visit www.reserveamerica.com
Local Contacts
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Local Maps