Welcome to Rappahannock County! Founded in 1833, Rappahannock County is in the northern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Taking its name from the Rappahannock River, which separates it from Fauquier County, Rappahannock County is bounded on the southeast by Culpeper County and on the southwest by Madison County. Rappahannock County is home to five villages and the Town of Washington, all of which provide historical value.
The villages of Rappahannock County, historically ran as frontier posts and crossroads, are still agriculturally based with the surrounding villages providing basic services for the farms. Today, the five villages of Amissville, Chester Gap, Flint Hill, Sperryville, and Woodville represent a focal point for county residents providing shops, entertainment and events.
Celebrate your inner artist and discover the many antique, artisan and photography galleries that Rappahannock County has to offer. Rappahannock County not only attracts art lovers due its numerous galleries, but hikers and outdoors enthusiasts alike. With the Rappahannock River running approximately 195 miles in length, you will find plenty of opportunities to experience this river that is rich in Virginia history. Favored by canoeists, the river is renowned primarily for its smallmouth bass fishing and its sweet and smooth flavored oysters. Don’t believe us? Make sure to check out the Rappahannock Oyster Company to see for yourself!
Not to worry if canoeing is not for you! With the Blue Ridge Mountains occupying much of the western portion of the county, you will have plenty of other activities to choose from. Encompassing part of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the Shenandoah Park. With nearly 40% of the land designated as wilderness and Nationally protected, the Shenandoah offers plenty of opportunities for backcountry camping, hiking, and weekend getaways to campgrounds and cabins.
If your idea of being outdoors means sitting outside with a glass of wine, not to worry! Rappahannock County is home to several vineyards and distilleries that offer a different kind of outdoor experience. Let everyone else hike the famous “Old Rag,” and take a tour of the “Little Washington Winery and Vineyards.” With a glass in hand, you’ll be sure to get your own kind of hike in for the day!
When it’s a little too chilly for camping, take the family for a ride down Skyline drive to view the beautiful changes in colors that Fall brings to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Then, once the only color on those mountains is white, pack up the family and make your way to Bryce Ski Resort for the day!
For those days where you want to get of the Town of Washington and experience a bigger Washington, make your way east down Route 211 and find yourself in Washington, DC. Located approximately 70 miles away, you can easily spend the day in the nation’s capitol and return home to the Town of Washington just in time to hear some bluegrass music with your local friends and family!
Culpeper County Airport: < 34 miles
Washington Dulles International Airport: < 67 miles