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Located in the rural Northern Neck of Virginia, Belle Isle is the first state park to be purchased with funds from the $95 million 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. Wildlife: The diverse habitats found in the park provide homes to many predator birds, such as blue herons, osprey, hawks and bald eagles. White-tailed deer, turkeys, groundhogs, rabbits, squirrels, moles, reptiles and amphibians are also common. There are eight distinct types of wetlands within the park. These diverse ecosystems make Belle Isle an excellent outdoor laboratory for environmental education.

walking
1 month ago

Mosquito heaven, but the views of the wetlands and the Rappahannock River are great. The corn fields, not so much. If you're into migratory birds, you'll see plenty here. Bring the bug spray.

walking
1 month ago

It was okay. Forested wetland with lots of birds (and squirrels) if you're into birding. I couldn't enjoy my hike as much because of the many of mosquitoes. So bring spray!

Belle Isle state park is truly a beautiful place. There are some amazing views of the water and a ton of wildlife. We came across a huge buck, a bunny, and a bald eagle. The trail was easy to follow. We cut it a bit short cause I could tell Penny was getting tired. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because a portion of the trail was under water and we had to cut through the woods to bypass it. There were also a ton of ticks so be sure to check carefully afterwards.

Hike is easy to do. Very kid friendly and beautiful views. Definitely recommend!!

hiking
Sunday, November 15, 2015

A nice walk down to the river. I wish it had been longer.

hiking
Monday, November 02, 2015

This was a good hike, pretty scenic. Most of the trails are improved paths because it is not great if you are looking for an adventure, but if you're looking for a nice stroll through the woods it was pretty nice. The marsh/bay looked great for canoeing so I really wanna come back and try that out.

hiking
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

The trails are decent; very simple. I mostly come here for the kayaking!

hiking
Friday, July 19, 2013

I am sure we will be back to do the rest of the trails but since there is so much open to the sun it will have to wait. It is in the 90's every day. I liked the little camp store.

hiking
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Very flat and wide open. Many of the trails are in the open. The river views are awesome and, like all Virginia State Parks, so are the friendly rangers.