Sky Meadows State Park
Delaplane, VA

Park Size: 1,862 acres.

HISTORY:
Settlement of the area can be attributed to nearby Ashby's Gap, which gave settlers access to the Shenandoah Valley. In 1731, Lord Fairfax sold a 7,883-acre tract of land just south of Ashby’s Gap to James Ball. Ball died in 1754, and his land was divided among his daughter and five grandsons. One grandson sold his land to John Edmonds in 1780. Edmonds died eight years later, and his land was divided among his five children.

Isaac Settle of nearby Paris bought land from two of those children and in 1812 built a large brick house called “Belle Grove.” In 1842, he sold Belle Grove farm to his son in-law, Lewis Edmonds, who shortly thereafter sold 148 acres to Settle’s son, Abner, who built Mount Bleak House.

Mount Bleak in 1868 became the property of George M. Slater, who had been in Mosby’s Rangers during the Civil War. Slater and his son lived there for 55 years.

The property changed owners several times in the 1900s. In 1975, Paul Mellon of Upperville, Va., donated a 1,132-acre tract to the Commonwealth for the development of a state park. Another 248 acres were acquired in 1987, thus providing a corridor to the Appalachian Trail. In 1991, Mr. Mellon donated another 248 acres, designated the Lost Mountain Bridle Trail Area. The name Sky Meadows comes from former owner Robert Hadow, who named the property "Skye Farm" after an island in Scotland.

THINGS TO DO:
This park offers year-round primitive hike-in tent camping.

The park has more than 12 miles of hiking trails ranging in difficulty from moderate to hard. In addition, the park offers access to the Appalachian Trail. The park is a three-day hike from Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., and two days from Shenandoah National Park.

The visitor center has nature and history exhibits and a gift shop. From April through October, hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and major holidays. From November through March, hours are 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

CONTACT INFO:  
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Lane
Delaplane, VA 20144-0710
Phone: (540) 592-3556
skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov

LOCATION:
The park is less than two miles south of Paris, Va., via U.S. Route 50 to Route 17 South; or seven miles north of I-66, Exit 23 on Route 17 North. The park entrance is on State Route 710. Just an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., Sky Meadows State Park in Clarke and Fauquier counties.

Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or email resvs@dcr.virginia.gov.

Visit at: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sky.shtml