Sky Meadows State Park
Elevation: 712 ft.
Sky Meadows State Park gets its name from the fields flanking the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west. The park provides access to these fields and forests through a variety of nature trails, which eventually connect with the Appalachian Trail as it follows the ridgeline. These fields and forests support a variety of wildlife and make for an enjoyable wildlife watching experience. The trees around the visitor center should be checked for Baltimore orioles and red-headed woodpeckers as they forage in the more open treetops. While walking through the fields, keep careful watch for the quick flying loggerhead shrike, an uncommon resident of the park. Shrikes can sometimes be seen near the pastures along US 17, west of the fishing pond. Raptors, such as red-tailed hawk and American kestrel, can often be seen soaring majestically over the open fields in the company of turkey and, occasionally, black vultures. Bald eagles have also been seen flying past, as well as an occasional golden eagle. Eagles are primarily seen November through January. The wide variety of wildflowers found along the park’s trails support good numbers of swallowtail butterflies with eastern tiger, spicebush and pipevine all being seasonally abundant. Hackberry emperors can be found along the trails through the more wooded portions of the park.
Physical Address: 11012 Edmonds Ln., Delaplane, VA 20144
The park is less than two miles south of Paris, Va., via U.S. Route 50 to Route 17 South; or seven miles north of I-66, Exit 23 on Route 17 North. The park’s main entrance is on Rt. 710/Edmonds Lane.
From the Previous Site on the Front Royal Loop of VBWT:
From G. Richard Thompson WMA, return to Rt. 688 and proceed north 2.6 miles to US 17 North. Turn left on US 17 North and continue 0.5 miles to Rt. 710/Edmonds Lane on the left. Turn left and go 0.5 miles to entrance gate.