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Sky Meadows State Park, in Virginia, is rich in history and provides a huge range of recreational activities for those who visit. It first opened in 1983 when the farm was saved from the planned development, and today is a very popular place to come and make use of the many hiking trails, bike trails and nature and history programs that are offered year-round. Nearby towns include Winchester, VA, Strasburg, VA, and Middletown, VA.
Visitors should not leave Sky Meadows State Park without stopping at Mt. Bleak Skye Farm, a National Historic District. The site is made up of 23 buildings which date between 1780 and 1954, telling the story of how people lived during this time. Overall the park covers 1,860 acres, meaning there is plenty of room for everyone who wants to rent an RV in Fauquier County.
Fishing can be enjoyed from the shoreline of the three-acre Turner Pond. It is a popular spot for anglers to come motorhome camping as the water here is regularly stocked with a range of different fish species, such as catfish, crappie, sunfish, bluegill, and largemouth bass. As long as you have a valid Virginia state fishing license, you're welcome to fish here.
Sky Meadows is a revered bird watching site, with avid bird watchers camping at Sky Meadows State Park all through the year. One of the biggest draws is the colony of red-headed woodpeckers that call the park their home. Another six species of woodpecker also live in the park, such as the northern flicker and the yellow-bellied sapsucker, all of which are a delight to see on their natural environment.
The park offers 24 miles of hiking trails that range from easy to challenging. Included in these trails is access to three miles of the Appalachian Trail. There are also 10.5 miles of bridle trails, and there are nine miles of paved road and trails that have been designed for the use of bikes. For those looking to just get a brief orientation of the park, the easy 1-mile easy interpretive trail, the Snowden Trail, is a good place to start. There is also a four-mile loop that, although it is a lot more challenging, you'll be rewarded with stunning views across the Virginia Piedmont. You may even be able to spot your RV rental.
Watermelon Park Campground is one of the closest to the park, therefore it is a good option to go camping with an RV. There are 41 RV sites available here, all of which have at least a 30-amp service, clean running water, and a private picnic table. There is also a central sump station and a handy camp store where you can stock up on supplies such as fire pits, fishing gear, and ice creams.
For those that don't want to camp directly in the state park RV campgrounds, there are many other campgrounds in the surrounding area which can be enjoyed. One of the closest is Mountain Lake Campground, a family-owned campground that has two small lakes on the property. The site offers primitive camping, as well as a number of RV sites. With simple amenities and beautiful surroundings, this could be just what you need for a restful break.
Skyline Caverns are easily reachable from Sky Meadows State Park and are a truly fascinating place to visit. For a start, it is one of the few places in the world which hosts anthodute formations, making it a geologist's dream. Visitors are invited to enjoy cavern tours, where you can learn more about the geology and history of the caves from a knowledgeable guide. You'll be astounded at the incredible rock formations. As well as the caves themselves, the attraction also a hall of mirrors, a nature trail, and a miniature train, therefore it is a fun family attraction for people of all ages.
Whether you are a beer lover or not, the Virginia Beer Museum is a lot of fun. It was the first museum in the country to focus on a single state’s history of beer. The state has over 200 craft breweries, so there is a lot to talk about. Head out on a free tour of the museum to experience the state's beer culture, with multiple rooms showcasing the history of the culture through different time periods. After the tour, be sure to stop by the bar for a taste of some of the day's brews or check out the calendar to see if there are any events.
A good starting point for those looking to explore the art scene of the area is a visit to the Shenandoah Valley Museum. The museum is host to a range of exhibits with artworks exploring many different mediums. See work from world-famous artists such as Rembrandt, outdoor sculptures, stunning Tiffany glasswork, and lots more. No matter what style of art you prefer, you'll find something of interest here.