Those that want a little taste of everything the Great Outdoors has to offer can pack it all into a weekend in Culpeper. Hike, bike and kayak nearly year-round (weather permitting) in some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.
Kick off the morning with a hearty breakfast at Moving Meadows Farm and Restaurant, a family-owned farm-to-table bakery and store. Grab a cinnamon bun or whole-grain bread sandwich—all homemade of course—to start your day and pack a bag of bread and pasture-raised meat or other local delectable to sustain you throughout the day.
Once you are thoroughly fed, head to the Burke Farm Trail System, a privately owned 300-acre trail system. Throughout this system, mountain bikers of any skill level, beginner through advanced, will find a trail to fit their needs. Trails include bridges, log obstacles, creek crossings, steep climbs and rock gardens.
Make a reservation with Rapidan River Kayak Company to spend the afternoon on the Rapidan doing some mild whitewatering. The guided river tour company has options for beginners as well as experienced kayakers, with a featured tour around 3 hours long. The company provides kayaks, paddles, life vests and guides so you can focus on keeping your eyes peeled for bald eagles, ducks, beavers, turtles, deer, kingfishers, blue herons or even bears.
There are plenty of places to rest your head after an active day in Culpeper, but if you want to maximize your overall nature-focused experience, consider the Hazel River Inn Bed and Breakfast. Located toward the Blue Ridge Mountains, this intimate 100-year-old inn offers comfortable rooms, great views and beautifully maintained gardens across five acres to stroll through. Larger groups (6 or more) can also make reservations at the gourmet restaurant on site.
For day two, lace up your hiking boots and take a quick drive toward Shenandoah National Park. For those looking for a local favorite, Old Rag Mountain Loop is just 35 minutes from Culpeper and offers a popular 8.6-mile trail with multiple activity options and river crossing. But there are plenty of trails to choose among, ranging from kid-friendly 3- or 4-milers to strenuous 20-mile scrambles. Regardless of your destination, be sure to carry plenty of water and pack a lunch!