Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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  • Site Contact: (540) 654-1839
  • Site Access: Free, Daily
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Site CFB02: Belmont, Gari Melchers Estate


The staff at the visitor center can provide information regarding trails and tours of this 27-acre property. Adjacent to the parking lot are several meadows that are burned or mowed periodically by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in an attempt to prevent succession and to stimulate the growth of planted native wildflowers and warm season grasses, which provide beneficial wildlife habitat. The trail leads down to a magnificent overlook of the Rappahannock River and can provide viewing of waterfowl any time of the year. Behind the mansion are additional meadows that attract bluebirds which nest in the boxes erected around the property. Flower gardens and surrounding wildflower meadows are sure to attract butterflies and wildflower enthusiasts alike. Buildings & exhibits Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm (Dec-Feb 10am-4pm).


Leaving Aquia Landing, turn around and go back 5.2 miles on Rt. 608. Turn right onto Rt. 628/Eskimo Hill Road. Go 2.8 miles and turn right on State Shop Road. At the light, turn left onto US 1 South. Proceed 5.5 miles, go through light at intersection of US 17 business and US 1. Make an immediate right turn before bridge onto Cambridge Street. Take a right onto Washington Street and go up the hill. The entrance is on the left.

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