Rappahannock County is renowned for the Inn at Little Washington and The Shenandoah National Park but there are many little known secrets in Rappahannock County.
The Mary’s Rock hike has the best reward-to-effort ratio in the Park. It is a total of 3.8 miles out and back and the views of the Shenandoah Valley and all of Rappahannock County are memorable. The secret is to proceed past the Park entrance and take the next left where you can park for free and avoid the entrance fee.
Hopkins Ordinary Aleworks
This fabulous micro-brewery is located in the basement of the Hopkins Ordinary right in the middle of Sperryville. With wonderful ales and brews, it is a must-visit in Rappahannock County. They have limited hours so call ahead – 540-987-3383.
Off the Grid
Off the Grid is an eco-friendly and delicious spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner right outside of Sperryville. Ingredients are fresh and locally-sourced and much of the produce originates from their small scale, on-site farm. Online ordering is available. Stop by the restaurant at 11692 Lee Highway.
Kayaking the Thornton River The stretch of the Thornton River between Fletchers Mill and Rock Mills is about 7 miles long and is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater (meaning it is fun but pretty forgiving.) Spot a car in Rock Mills and put in at the bridge on Fletchers Mill Road. After a spring rain is the best time to run the Thornton.
Roy’s Orchard & Fruit Market
Roy’s is a favorite place for Rappahannock County locals and weekenders alike to shop for fruit, pies, and vegetables as well as jams, jellies and dairy products. Roy and Janet are great people and their little market is a fun experience. They are a little off the beaten path at 64 Old Hollow Road. 540-987-8636.
Night Ride in the Park
Under a summer full moon, a bike ride at night on the Skyline Drive is a thrilling, eerie, and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Park at Panorama and ride north to Elk Wallow. Take a headlight and a red taillight to satisfy the Park rangers but if the sky is clear you won’t even need the lights. There are great nighttime views and plenty of wildlife. Best of all, you will practically have the whole Drive to yourself.