G Richard Thompson WildlifeManagement Area

Upperville, Virginia 20184

G Richard Thompson WildlifeManagement Area

G. Richard Thompson WildlifeManagement Area Professional Guide

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"The 4,000-acre area rises in a series of steep inclines to the crest of the Blue Ridge, with elevations ranging from 700 to 2,200 feet. The scenery is diverse, from fruit orchards surrounding old homesites to a serene trout pond to rocky outcrops. The network of trails includes a 7-mile section of the Appalachian Trail.

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 claim to the beautiful surroundings as outdoorsmen."

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Hiking Virginia - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Mary Burnham
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"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." Read more

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12/9/2007
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.
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4/30/2006
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.
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5/16/2003
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

Upperville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.3
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Access
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Spring
Season & Limits
Hunting, Fishing
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
USGS 7.5 minute series: Linden, VA
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