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Rappahannock County Park (U.S.)

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A typical view of the Milky Way on a clear night from the Park. Photo by Joyce Harman.

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Designated

2019

Category

International Dark Sky Park

Address

7 Park Lane
Washington, Virginia 22747
USA

Contact

Torney Van Acker
Website
Tel.: 703-250-7943

Land Area

.02 km2

Documents

Application
Press Release

About

The Rappahannock County Park is a 7.3-acre park located centrally in Rappahannock County off Route 211 near the town of Washington, Virginia, mere miles east of Shenandoah National Park. The park offers a quiet area for picnicking, hiking, outdoor activities such as butterfly counting, birding, trout fishing, and stargazing. Located only several miles from the Appalachian Trail access near Chester Gap, the Park serves as a mini gateway into the historic Virginia Blue Ridge foothills, one of the darkest remaining areas within the Eastern United States.

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