Belle Isle State Park


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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. There are eight distinct types of wetlands within the park. These diverse ecosystems make Belle Isle an excellent outdoor laboratory for environmental education.
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Posted by: TrailAPI on April 12, 2013
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    Campground Activities

    Camping, cabins, special events, picnicking, boating, nature programs, fishing, hiking, horseback riding

    Campground Amenities

    Bathhouse with hot showers, electric and water hookups, dump station, environmental education center, campstore, boat rentals, bike rentals, hiking trails, equestrian trails

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    Camping Fees

    $27 per night

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    Q: How much is canoe rental? Thank you. -Guest

    A: $8 a hour.

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    Reviews of Belle Isle State Park

    Reviewed by Tim Hunnicutt on March 19, 2015

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    Highly recommend this campground. We stayed in a 22' travel trailer. Electric and water hooks only. The campground is nicely laid out, and has some buddy spots, some pull through, and some that are set up for pop-ups.
    We brought kayaks (they do rent them) and had two very enjoyable paddles through the winding creeks in the salt marsh.
    The park has a paddle in campground that we hiked to. It's on the Rappahanock and was very nice. Very flat and level if you like to peddle around.
    The bathhouse was very nice, clean, and the showers are separate from the bathrooms and provide great privacy.
    Very nice picnic area on the river. Excellent camp hosts and nice camp store.
    Highly recommend it, if you DON'T like cramped spaces, wifi, and hustle and bustle!
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    Reviewed by JimmyDean on October 18, 2010

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    This is a great place to camp. If you're looking for game rooms, wireless internet, cable and the ability to stare at the side of your neighbors RV then no, this place isn't for you.

    The sites are spacious and private with water and electric. There are some sites that seem to be adjoined for group type camping events.

    The kids enjoyed the myriad of bike/walking trails provided throughout the park.

    There is a kayak/canoe launch area in addition to a nice boat launch area with ample parking.

    The bathhouse was very clean and provided ample privacy.

    This park does not provide septic hookup, but does offer an outstanding dump station for us RV'ers. The dump station was easy to get in and out of and provided running water for cleanup.

    Nothing bad to say - this is a great example of what state parks should be like.
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    Reviewed by caviluver on September 16, 2010

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    this is a very quiet, well maintained campground. My husband and I went in the fall, and stayed one night. We wished we would have stayed longer. There is conoes you can rent, and a beach front along the Rappahannock River where we found some great drift wood. Not a lot to do for kids, def an adult getaway, esp if you are looking for privacy and a serene setting.
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