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Caledon State Park

11617 Caledon Rd., King George, VA 22485; Phone: 540-663-3861; Email: Caledon@dcr.virginia.gov

Location of Caledon State Park in Virginia

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Latitude, 38.333999. Longitude, -77.142639.

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General Information

A National Natural Landmark known for its old growth forest and summer home to one of the largest concentrations of American bald eagles on the East Coast, Caledon attracts bird watchers of all ages. Trails, including Boyd's Hole Trail, which leads to the Potomac River, are open year-round. To protect the eagles, however, access to marshes and the Potomac River is limited to designated areas. A visitor center with bald eagle exhibits, two picnic areas, a picnic shelter and restrooms also are available.

Hours

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Location

Caledon is located in King George County between Fairview Beach and Owens, 23 miles east of Fredericksburg on Route 218. From Fredericksburg, take 218 East for 23 miles. Caledon is on the left. Or you may take Rt. 3 east 18 miles to a left onto Rt. 206 for six miles, then turn left onto Rt. 218 and go about one mile; Caledon is on the right. From U.S. 301 (MD), turn right onto Rt. 206 for four miles to Rt. 218, then west about one mile.

Its address is 11617 Caledon Rd., King George, VA 22485; Latitude, 38.333999. Longitude, -77.142639.

Drive Time: Northern Virginia, 1 hour 45 minutes; Richmond, 1 hour, 30 minutes; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, 3 hours, 30 minutes; Roanoke, 3 hours, 30 minutes.

Park Size

2,579 acres.

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Cabins, camping

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES:

Caledon has six paddle-in and hike-in primitive camping available for rent year-round. The park has no cabins or drive-to campsites. See below for details. Call 800-933-7275 to reserve a site.

For information on availability of all parks' overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, call 1-800-933-7275. Rental rates for cabins and camping vary by season, dwelling and park. First, determine the appropriate season, which may vary by park, then the relevant rate.

Cabins

None at this park.

Camping

The park has primitive paddle-in and hike-in campsites. The six sites are accessible only during daylight hours. Guests must access the sites by kayak, canoe or other non-motorized boat or by hiking or biking on established park trails three miles from the visitor center. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 800-933-7275. Here are camping fees.

The paddle-in campground, which is part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, is at Stuart'w Wharf on the Potomac River: latitude 38.363867, longitude -77.142567.

  • Tents only.
  • Each site is a framed, sand-filled pad with a fire ring, lantern post and picnic table. Campers must set up on the framed area.
  • No potable water. Campers must bring water for drinking and cooking.
  • The campground has a portable toilet.
  • No electricity or showers.
  • Maximum of six people per site.
  • Check in is 4 p.m., and check out is 3 p.m.

Recreation

TRAILS

Ten hiking and four multi-use trailstake park visitors through environmentally sensitive marshlands and picturesque wooded areas of the park. The 2-mile Boyd's Hole Trail leading to the Potomac River is the most popular of the trails.

Va. Outdoors sign

Visit the Explore Virginia Outdoors website for enhanced maps and video tours of Caledon's trails.

SWIMMING

There are no designated swimming areas.

FISHING, BOATING

Fishing is permitted along open areas of the Potomac River but not at Jones Pond or Caledon Marsh. No boating.

HORSES

No horses allowed.

Park Trail Guide

Click here for the park's trail guide.

Nearby Attractions

Fredericksburg, King George County Museum.

Picnic Shelters

The park's picnic shelter can be rented 8 a.m. - close (all day). The shelter accommodates 40 comfortably, is universally accessible and is about 75 feet from the parking area. The shelter has tables, a grill, and the visitor center's restroom is nearby. Call 1-800-933-PARK to reserve. Click here for park fees.

Meeting Space and Facilities

MEETING FACILITIES

A meeting room is available at this park.

VISITOR CENTER, GIFT SHOP

Located in the Smoot House, the visitor center features exhibits on the bald eagle and on the park's history. Environmental education facilities are available for school groups and research. Exhibits depicting representative habitats of Caledon and covering the park's ongoing resource management activities are free to the public. Open Wednesday through Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

RESTAURANT

None at this park.

LAUNDRY

None at this park.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

Environmental education facilities are available.

SPECIAL FEATURES

None at this park.

Other Info

ACCESSIBILITY:

  • The visitor center is accessible by a ramp at the right, front corner of the building. It contains exhibits, a gift shop and restrooms. Office on second floor is not accessible.
  • Picnic area: There are three paved sites with wheelchair accessible tables. These sites connect to the parking area via paved paths.
  • Environmental Education Pavilion is universally accessible from universally accessible parking at the picnic area via compressed rock dust path. This is a 20 x 40 foot covered shelter with lights and electricity, and there's an extra large grill at the rear of the shelter. A water fountain and faucet also are located adjacent to the building. This area can be rented as a picnic shelter when not in use for educational programs.
  • Although motorized vehicles are not permitted on park trails, electric wheelchairs and electric scooters that meet the federal definition for wheelchairs are allowed to enable people with disabilities to use the trails.

NATURE, HISTORY PROGRAMS

Eagle tours, night hikes, conducted walks, astronomy, storytelling, bonfire programs, birdwatching and crafts - some fees required. Click here to view all parks' events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.

CONCESSIONS

None at this park.

HISTORY

Caledon is where the early colonial seat of the Alexander family once was. John and Philip Alexander founded the city of Alexandria and established Caledon Plantation in 1659. William A. Smoot inherited the property from the Alexander family in the mid 1800s. In 1974, Caledon was donated to the commonwealth by Mrs. Ann Hopewell Smoot in memory of her late husband, Lewis E. Smoot, who passed away in 1962. After the importance of Caledon to the summering eagle population was noted in 1981, Gov. Charles S. Robb appointed the Caledon Task Force to develop the area's management plan. The task force was successful in creating a no-boating zone off the shores of the Potomac River at Caledon. Continued eagle research, development of nature trails and limiting public access in eagle-sensitive areas and buffer zones were among the other recommendations of the plan. In 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list, symbolizing the species' remarkable recovery. In 2012, Caledon was reclassified from a natural area to a state park.

FRIENDS GROUP

None.

MASTER PLAN

Master plans must be written for parks before they're built. The plans are updated at least once every five years thereafter. The plans cover the size, types, infrastructure and locations of facilities as well as the site's special features and resources. Three public meetings are held during the initial development of each plan. Click here for this park's master plan.

WILDLIFE

Virginia State Parks are great places to discover and reconnect with the wild world. Bring a camera and share your captures with the world. But please don't disturb or get too close to the animals. The park is, after all, their home. Here are a few recent natural encounters others have had at Caledon State Park.

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Articles

The Friends of Caledon State Park present the annual Art & Wine Festival on Saturday November 1, 2014 from 10am to 4pm.
As the Osprey migrate south, Bald Eagles will become the dominant bird of prey along the river.
The second part of how the Howlin' began! What better way to celebrate National Public Lands Day than a run through Caledon State Park, September 27th 9:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.
The Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, dedicates the new paddle-in primitive campground at Caledon State Park.

At a Glance

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Biking, Camp Store/Gift Shop, Group Camping, Hiking, Nature/Cultural Programs, Visitor Center, Parking fee, Picnic Shelter Rentals, Picnic Tables, Playgrounds, Shore, Universally Accessible