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  • Site Contact: (540) 999-3433, james_atkinson@nps.gov
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Site MSD08: Rapidan WMA

Description

Elevation: 1556 ft. The Rapidan Wildlife Management Area (WMA) provides access to the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge abutting Shenandoah National Park. The WMA is composed of six large tracts, not all of which are accessible by car. Several of the tracts are connected to Skyline Drive via fire roads and hiking trails. Rapidan WMA provides access to some of the more pristine parts of the eastern Blue Ridge, taking the wildlife enthusiast away from the sometimes-crowded Skyline Drive. Species to be encountered in this area are similar to those seen from a distance along the drive including many woodpecker species, flycatchers, vireos, white-breasted nuthatch, eastern bluebird, gray catbird, black-and-white, hooded, and worm-eating warblers, ovenbird, American redstart, scarlet tanager and eastern towhee. Butterflies are also numerous and eastern tiger, black, pipevine, spicebush swallowtails, great spangled and variegated fritillaries, red-spotted purple and a variety of skippers and azures can all be found easily.

Directions

From South River Falls Trail, continue south on Skyline Drive for 2.7 miles to the intersection of Skyline Drive and US 33. Turn left and travel east 7.7 miles to US 33 Business into Stanardsville. Follow US 33 Business 1.1 miles to SR 230; turn left and go 7.2 miles to Rt. 662. Turn left onto Rt. 662 and travel 5.3 miles to Rt. 615; turn left and continue 2.4 miles to parking area on right.

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