The Nature Explore Classroom at

Sky Meadows State Park

An element of Virginia’s Sky Meadows State Park Children’s Discovery Area (CDA), includes a Nature Explore certified “Outdoor Classroom”.

Nestled in a 75-acre Outdoor Laboratory managed by Shenandoah Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists, the CDA also includes a Kids in Park “TRACK Trail” providing ample opportunities to relax, explore, and discover nature. Together, the Outdoor Classroom and the easy .7 mile loop TRACK Trail are designed to engage beginning and experienced outdoor enthusiasts, young and old, in developing self-paced lifetime outdoor skills and hiking enjoyment. With ample benches and available information, you will have easy access to streams, woodlands, and meadows. The route is well marked.

Sky Meadows State Park, a working farm, preserves pastoral landscapes carved from vast oak, hickory and chestnut forests by early settlers. Nearly three hundred years of agriculture combined with the forces of nature evolved into an even more diverse community of plants and animals waiting to be discovered.

During your visit, tour the historic Mount Bleak House, log cabin, wash house and barns that reveal the story of toil in the land. Relax and fish in Turner Pond, originally established to water cattle. As you gain confidence, return to experience surprises around every turn of 24 miles of trails including portions of the Appalachian Trail.

Surrounding Sky Meadows State Park, you will find the small communities of Marshall, Paris, Upperville and Middleburg with their quaint shops, antique stores and eateries. Within a short drive of the park visit U-Pick orchards and gardens. Wineries dot the landscape. Just over the mountain are the Historic Burwell Morgan Mill and the State Arboretum at Blandy Farm. All in all, you will want to return to Sky Meadows State Park time and time again!

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Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Lane
Delaplane, VA 20144