G Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area

Linden, Virginia 22642

G Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area

G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area Professional Review and Guide

"Virginia’s Department of Game & Inland Fisheries oversees thirty wildlife management areas around the state with the hunter and angler in mind. Fields are kept clear to attract grazing animals, and seed plots are sown to keep them plump and healthy. Streams and man-made lakes are stocked with trout and other fish. As the state makes these areas hiker-friendly as well, they’d do well to model the G. Richard Thompson
Wildlife Management Area in Fauquier County, where hikers and naturalists stake as much a claim to the beautiful surroundings as outdoorsmen.

The network of trails include a 7-mile section of the Appalachian Trail. There is an abundance of wildflowers—the area harbors one of the largest populations of large-flowered trillium in North America. Virginia’s Native Plant Society lists the Thompson Wildlife Management Area on its register of important native plant sites."

G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area Reviews

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Second time doing this hike. Did it on a early Saturday afternoon in December. Temperature was in the mid 40's and very foggy. I started the hike at the lake off Rte 688. Must be some good fishing at the lake. There was plenty of people there fishing. As for the hike I did not see anyone on the trail the whole time. That is one reason I like it, usually no one around. I do recommend this hike, but not for kids. Can get rocky and slippy at times. Not alot of scenery, but it is very quiet.
Well this was a great time and place to see native wildflowers, especially the rare trillium which cover the woods. Though the trillium are the main show here, there are plenty of other wildflowers in bloom including yellow & common violets, and wild geraniums. I'll probably try to get to this place next year about 2 -3 weeks earlier to see all the bloodroot and hepatica in bloom. In a few weeks the columbine will be in bloom. I kept this hike very simple. I just parked at station 6 and walked to the AT. Took the AT North and then retraced my steps back for a total of 6 miles. There is about 1000ft change in elevation. I started at just over 2000ft and came down at one point to 990ft.
What a gorgeous trail system! The Appalachian trail runs through here -- we saw through hikers who had been marching north for two months. We also saw an amazing selection of wildflowers. The trails are pretty wet, soft. Not a lot of standing water, though, and some sections are very rocky. Probably not ideal for mountain biking, but perfect for a moderately hilly short hike. We camped at one of the parking areas -- very primative, but nice.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2-4.3 miles
Trail Type
3-4 hours
Open daily year-round, dawn to dusk. Hunting season for big and small game runs from Oct into Jan.
Season & Limits
Additional Use
G. R. Thompson Wildlife Management Area, Sperryville regional office (540) 899-4169 www.dgif.virginia.gov/wmas
Local Contacts
USGS Linden, Upperville- good maps of trail network available at www.dgif.virginia.gov/wmas
Local Maps

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Jul 2018