While Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County on the Northern Neck of Virginia might be bustling with activity in June or July, on an unseasonably warm February morning, there wasn’t a soul in site.
And that may well be the best time of year to enjoy the natural sites on the Rappahannock River. I didn’t see any other humans on my seven-mile run on the always flat and sometimes muddy trails. I did spot numerous birds, including swans, hawks, Canada geese, a blue heron, an eagle, and many, many small birds hanging out in grassy fields.
Lancaster County is one of five counties on Virginia’s Northern Neck, a peninsula with the Rappahannock on one side and the Chesapeake Bay on the other. Three U.S. presidents were born on the Northern Neck (George Washington, James Madison and James Monroe). George Washington’s mother was born in Lancaster County.
The 733-acre park was purchased by the state in 1992. Activities during warmer months include camping, fishing, horseback riding and a seafood festival in September.
Seven runs down – 127 to go.
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