Belle Isle State Park

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Belle Isle State Park

Virginia

(804) 462-5030

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Things To Do

Overview

Located in the rural Northern Neck of Virginia, Belle Isle is the first state park to be purchased with funds from the ninety-five million dollars 1992 Parks and Recreational Facilities Bond Referendum. The 733-acre site is a window to the beautiful lower Rappahannock River in Lancaster County. Waterfront in the area has been developed extensively by private landowners with little public recreational access. This fact made the lower Rappahannock a priority for purchasing land for a new state park. The park has seven miles of frontage on the north shore of the Rappahannock, and it borders Deep and Mulberry creeks. It features diverse tidal and nontidal wetlands, lowland marshes, tidal coves and upland forests.

Map of Belle Isle (VA)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.774408, -76.599350

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park offers guided canoe trips during the summer season. A new ramp is available for the motor boaters and cartop launch area for canoes, kayaks and windsails. Boaters are encouraged to visit by way of water. The motor boat area offers a picnic shelter, grills and restrooms. Docking is permitted during daylight hours. Controlling water depth at the mouth of Deep Creek is two feet mean low water. Purchase an annual boat launch passport by calling 1-800-933-PARK.

    Equipment rentals offer opportunities to explore the park's 7.5 miles of shoreline on the Rappahannock River, Deep and Mulberry Creeks, in addition to the seven varieties of wetlands and coastal agricultural fields.

  • Bird Watching

    The diverse habitats found in the park provide homes to many predator birds, such as blue herons, osprey, hawks and bald eagles.

  • Bicycling

    There are bicycle trails available.

  • Camping

    Camping season is March 1 to first Monday in December. No swimming at this park.

    All sites have electric pedestals, which accept plugs for 20, 30 and 50 AMP current. Reservations are not site specific. Campsites have fire ring grills, one picnic table and lantern hangers. Full-service bathhouse with hot showers and wash sink for dishes. Laundry facilities are at the campground bathhouse. All equipment must be set up within borders. Tent pads are 15' x 24'. Two vehicles per campsite; extra vehicles must park in parking lot and pay the parking fee. Guests visiting campers must pay the standard daily parking fee and park in the proper parking lot. Boat trailer parking and additional parking are just inside the campground entrance. A dump station is free for those camping in the park; non-overnight guests must pay to use the dump station. Boat launch is free for overnight guests.

  • Fishing

    Saltwater bank fishing. A valid Virginia saltwater fishing license required.

  • Hiking

    There are plenty of hiking trails in the park for you to enjoy.

  • Horseback Riding

    Bridle paths are available. State law requires that visitors carry a copy of a negative Coggins report with each horse brought to the park.

  • Picnicking

    Three picnic shelters overlooking the historic Rappahannock River are available for rent year-round. They are available from sunrise until the park closes (all day).

  • Wildlife Watching

    White-tailed deer, turkeys, groundhogs, rabbits, squirrels, moles, reptiles and amphibians are common. There are eight distinct types of wetlands within the park. These diverse ecosystems make Belle Isle an excellent outdoor laboratory for environmental education.

Seasonality/Weather

Spring and fall are generally comfortable with precipitation possible. Summers can be hot and humid with average temperatures in the high 80s and with sudden thunderstorms possible. July and August are the hottest months.

Winters can be cold with average temperatures in the winter of 41 degrees with variable precipitation.

Park Partners

Friends of Belle Isle State Park

Friends of Belle Isle State Park, a nonprofit citizen group, helps support the park. The group's mission is to help conserve the park's natural, cultural, scenic and recreational resources. It supports several park events, including Music by the River concerts during the summer and the Haunted Evening program in October.

Directions

Driving

Lancaster County on the Rappahannock River. From Warsaw, take State Route 3 East to SR 354. Turn right and follow for three miles. Turn right onto SR 683 near Litwalton to the park entrance. From Kilmarnock, take Route 3 West to Lively, then left on SR 201 for three miles, then right on SR 354 for three miles and left onto 683 to the park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(804) 462-5030

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