Sky Meadows State Park

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Sky Meadows State Park

Virginia

(540) 592-3556

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Overview

Just an hour's drive from Washington, D.C., Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke and Fauquier counties, offers a peaceful getaway on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rich in history, the park has rolling pastures and woodlands, scenic vistas and provides a look into a bygone era. The park also has access to the Appalachian Trail and a primitive hike-in campground, as well as picnicking, hiking and riding trails, interpretive programs and a visitor center in the historic Mount Bleak House.

The land for this park was donated in 1975 by Paul Mellon of Upperville to the Commonwealth of Virginia. It consisted of 1,132 acres. The name Sky Meadows came from former owner Sir Robert Hadow, who named the property "Skye Farm" after an island in Scotland. In 1988 Mellon donated another 486 acres. This area has been developed into an equestrian staging and bridle trail area.

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Latitude, Longitude: 38.985662, -77.965144

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Activities

  • Camping

    This park offers hike-in primitive camping (12 sites) and a primitive group camping area year-round. There are no cabins or developed campsites with hookups at this park. Reservations are required.

  • Fishing

    Freshwater fishing in one-acre pond. Fishing is permitted from the shoreline only, with a valid license. Fish typically include largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill. No boat rentals or launch.

  • Hiking

    The park has more than 17 miles of hiking trails ranging in difficulty from moderate to hard. In addition, the park offers access to the Appalachian Trail. The park is a three-day hike from Harper's Ferry, W. Va., and two days from Shenandoah National Park.

  • Historic Sites

    The visitor center has nature and history exhibits. The Historic Mount Bleak House, built in 1843, is open for guided tours on weekends and holiday afternoons from mid-April through October.

  • Horseback Riding

    The park also has bridle trails; bring your own horse to enjoy more than six miles of challenging, scenic riding on two loop trails.

  • Picnicking

    One shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are only two picnic tables under the shelter, which overlooks rolling pastures. The area has drinking water, grills and modern restrooms.

Seasonality/Weather

Camping and park activities are open year-round, but take precautions to avoid hypothermia and frostbite during the winter months. The winter is also a good time to look for seasonal wildlife. Visitor Center and Gift shop hours: April through October: Monday - Friday 11am- 5pm, weekends and major holidays 10am - 6pm November through March: Monday - Friday 11am - 4:30pm, weekends 10am-4:30pm

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Directions

Driving

The park is less than two miles south of Paris, Va., via U.S. Route 50 to Route 17 South; or seven miles north of I-66, Exit 23 on Route 17 North. The park entrance is on State Route 710.

Drive Time : Northern Virginia, 45 minutes to one hour; D.C., over one hour; Richmond, two hours; Tidewater/ Norfolk/ Virginia Beach, three hours; Roanoke, two and a half hours

Phone Numbers

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(540) 592-3556

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