Sky Meadows State Park is a 1,862-acre (754 ha) park in the Virginia state park system. It is located in extreme northwest Fauquier County, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Paris, Virginia. It is about an hour outside of the Washington, D.C. metro region.PutSky Meadows State Park into our Delaplane tour planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Sky Meadows State Park reviews
It's an absolutely beautiful area, just off the main road but they charge a parking fee as soon as you drive in...I understand it cost them maintenance but....
It's an absolutely beautiful area, just off the main road but they charge a parking fee as soon as you drive in...I understand it cost them maintenance but.... more »
Great place for hiking!!!!! Beautiful flowers and not many people. Recommended for people who want to hike.
Great place for hiking!!!!! Beautiful flowers and not many people. Recommended for people who want to hike. more »
We hiked the Lost Mountain trail which was about 4 miles in a circular path that included meadows, crossing a small stream, and a moderate uphill through a forested area. There’s a nice, open hill...
We hiked the Lost Mountain trail which was about 4 miles in a circular path that included meadows, crossing a small stream, and a moderate uphill through a forested area. There’s a nice, open hill... more »
This park happens to be one of my favorites to hike in both spring and autumn. Multiple trails allow for both gradual or steep elevation changes and woodland and meadow views interspersed with most trails over a mile or so long. Hikes at this park can be challenging for some and exhilarating for others. The trail map available at the park can show which trails will be more demanding elevation and/or length-wise. Additional trails exist at a separate section of the park down the road from the visitor center with separate parking. The park offers different shows and festivals on specified weekends at various times during the year such as the historical reenactment happening when I visited on a fall Saturday. Volunteers handled a higher volume of cars skillfully, and parking turned out to be ample. Rangers were friendly and helpful explaining trail options and activities at the park. All in all a great place to spend an afternoon or even the entire day.
I went there for a nice Saturday hike. I chose to do the Piedmont Overlook to the the North Ridge loop. The Piedmont Overlook is pretty steep with areas to sit halfway and at the top of the overlook. It was really cool because you walk in the enclosure with the cows. So, pets need to be leashed and children attended too! There are lots of other trails on the grounds some that connect with the Appalachian Trail. It's $10/car to park. Cash can be paid at the booth before entry OR at the visitors center. They were having fun fall events when I went. There is good signage and maps as well at the start with ample parking!
Lots of great trails and some good hills to get your blood pumping. I enjoy the combination of historic farm and forest preserve. The trails are really well marked and the map is great too. Other parks should learn from Sky Meadow. All the park rangers and staff were friendly. It’s convenient and quick trip from dc metro area. $10 to enter and park.
Large park with small camping area, lots of hiking trails, pretty views of rolling hills and mountains fall colors, historical buildings, really great fishing pond(entrance across from lost mountain), horse back trails and parking for horse trailers(lost mountain). Right off of highway. Really great experience.
Hiked at the park this afternoon (Dec. 25, 2022). AT, top portion of North Ridge trails were icy. Ice cleats are strongly recommended if you plan to hike there in the next day or two. Saw only about 10 people during my hike (about two and half hours) due to the cold weather and Christmas Day.
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