In and around Culpeper, visitors and locals can take advantage of a vast array of park options. Whether you are looking for a strenuous hike or outdoor sports field, or a more leisurely experience to learn about history or observe nature, you can find multiple outdoor spaces to suit your tastes.
A National Jewel
A short drive from Culpeper you can find all the fresh air your lungs can take in Shenandoah National Park. With more than 500 miles of trails, there is a hike or walk to fit any level of expertise, from a family-friendly stroll to a challenging trek for seasoned pros. Several routes include views of the picturesque waterfalls scattered throughout Shenandoah. The park also includes ample opportunities for camping, learning and picnicking. While exploring, keep an eye out for wildlife: Shenandoah is home to more than 190 bird species, 50 mammal species, 20 reptile and amphibian species and much more.
Nature and Adventure Just Downtown
Yowell Meadow Park is a modest but mighty park right in Downtown Culpeper. Take a one-mile amble along the level, paved walking trail and learn about Culpeper’s history from markers along the path. Or, hit the nature trail for a bit more of an off-road experience. Enjoy the kid-friendly play areas or start a game on one of the basketball, volleyball or tennis courts. Yowell is also home to the Culpeper Skate Park, which was renovated in 2013 to include modular ramps, ledges, banks, quarters, rails and more.
In the northern end of Culpeper County, you’ll find Spillman Park, perfect for an afternoon of family games. The park includes a horseshoe pitching court, an 18-hole disc golf course, a multipurpose ball field and a playground for the youngest members of your crew. Bring lunch fixings to cook on the on-site charcoal grills and enjoy a meal together in the picnic pavilion. There’s even an opportunity for education thanks to an interpretive panel about the history of the Spillman Homestead, upon which the park was developed.
Consisting of 85 acres donated to the County of Culpeper by three brothers, Lenn Park is filled with amenities to entertain nearly any outdoor enthusiast, including two adult softball fields, an amphitheater, lacrosse field, picnic shelters, overnight camping areas, trails, a sand volleyball court, bird watching colony, pollinator garden and more. One of the most unique features of the park is the Lenn Model Airpark, a flying field for remote-control model airplanes where spectators are welcome to watch members of the Culpeper Model Barnstormer's Remote Control Club fly model aeronautics. There’s also a dog park with separate spaces for large and small pets. With Mountain Run creek along the south of the park and farms to the east and north, Lenn Park gives visitors plenty of open-air splendor to look at as well, overlooking farmland and rolling hills.