Whether you're a fitness fanatic or someone whose idea of outdoor recreation is a lounge chair and a cold drink on a deck overlooking the river, you've come to the right place. Lancaster County's unspoiled waterways and woodlands are a nature lover's dream. Her back roads and byways are perfect for strolling or cycling. And with the Rappahannock on one side and the Chesapeake Bay on the other, you'll never run out of water…to swim in, sail on, fish or simply contemplate. Also, visit our Community Events Calendar at www.tlcva.com.
With nearly 300 miles of shoreline, Lancaster County is home to numerous marinas where you can put in, provision and dock your boat for the season or year-round. And if you don't own a boat, you can charter one. If you're hankering to venture out onto the bay (or go around the world) under full sail, you can learn the ropes from one of the finest sailing schools in the country. Right here in Lancaster County. Or, if you'd rather paddle than rely on wind or diesel fuel, rent a canoe at Belle Isle State Park or join a guided trip to see eagles and other wildlife in their natural habitat. And if, when all is said and done, you'd just as soon leave the "driving" to the experts, sign up for a bay cruise or a leisurely voyage up Carters Creek, one of the loveliest stretches of water on the Eastern Seaboard.
If there's a trophy-size striper in your dreams, let one of Lancaster County's veteran charter boat captains take you out and make that dream come true. Or find a freshwater farm pond and try your luck fishing for bass and bream. (You'll need a license and the owner's permission.) To nail down bragging rights once and for all and maybe take home some extra cash, enter one of the many fishing tournaments held here each year. Check Community Events to see what's coming up. Or find information at any area marina.
If you're accustomed to queuing up for a tee time and allotting six hours minimum for a round of golf, you've forgotten just how pleasant the game can be. Lancaster County is home to three championship courses (the State Amateur has been held here many times). Be forewarned, though. With the weather and the spectacular setting, you're liable to have trouble keeping your eye on the ball.
Belle Isle State Park, one of the newest and least-crowded in the state system, consists of 733 acres and 7 miles of shoreline on the Rappahannock River and Mulberry and Deep Creeks. Several multi-use trails wind their way through wetlands teeming with wildlife, upland forests and agricultural fields. Just west of the village of Lancaster is the Hickory Hollow Nature Preserve, a 254-acre tract of land with several trails of varying lengths through woodland, ravines and marshland. In 1999, Hickory Hollow nearly became an industrial park. A public outcry put a halt to the planned move, and the preserve was subsequently sold to the Northern Neck Audubon Society.
Belle Isle State Park's multi-use trails are open to cyclists. And if you forgot to bring the bikes, you can rent them at the park office. Lancaster County's many back roads are lightly-traveled and scenic. And you can design your own tour. Try White Stone to Windmill Point for a short, flat ride on highway narrow enough at some points to be lapped by bay water on one side and the Rappahannock on the other. Or, for a few more ups and downs, take Devil's Bottom Road to Merry Point, enjoy the free ride across the Corrotoman on a two-car ferry and explore the Corrotoman Neck. If you enjoy organized rides, try to our Northern Neck RiverRide.
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