G. Richard Thompson WildlifeManagement Area Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."