✅ This is an amazing story of progress! The Rappahannock River is one of the natural jewels of our region, flowing from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Bay. But for years, public access to the river was extremely limited in PEC’s region (the only public entry point was at Kelly’s Ford in southern Fauquier County).
Recognizing the disconnect, PEC has been working with partners to make public access to the Rappahannock a reality for all who want to share in its bounty. In the past two years alone, three new boat launches have opened in Fauquier County, making it easier to put canoe or kayak in the water, take a swim, fish, or just sit and enjoy the beautiful river flowing by!
The three new boat launches, at Riverside Preserve, Rector Tract in Remington, and C.F. Phelps WMA, move us closer to a shared goal of an upper Rappahannock River water trail system, which would open up public access to the Rappahannock River not just in Fauquier, but in Culpeper and Rappahannock counties, too.
Waterways are at beating heart of many ecosystems and communities, offering both ecosystem services and clarity of mind. We’re so excited to see how these river access projects help bring folks closer to nature, boost public health and encourage a conservation ethic.
Thanks to our incredible partners: American Battlefield Trust, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Fauquier County government departments, Friends of the Rappahannock, Remington Community Partnership, John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District, PATH Foundation, Virginia Environmental Endowment, A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Vulcan Materials Company and resident volunteers!