Nature

NATURE is the heart and soul of the Rappahannock Cliffs land plan. About 75% of the 250 acres will be conserved forever. Over 3 miles of trails will weave through the woods, over the fields, up the creeks, and even along the cliff. Two cliff-top parks are accessible to all owners and guests. One park is located in a quiet and scenic spot - bring a book or just listen to the wind blow through the trees. The other park is located at the southern tip, where an observation deck is nestled 50' above the community pier. 

Rappahannock Cliffs lies within the Audubon Society's Important Bird Area (IBA), so birds are abundant throughout the 250 acres of woods, fields, creeks and marsh. Pileated woodpeckers hammer on poplar trunks. Quail and wild turkey scratch about the edges of fields. Bluebirds, scarlet tanagers, and hummers zip around the fields and flowers. Canada geese honk in the marsh, and woodies whistle through the wooded creek bottoms. Heron and kingfisher screech along the river bank. 

The waters of the Rappahannock are known for their striped bass (rockfish), American and hickory shad, blue and channel catfish, and numerous smaller species that support the eco-system. Generational watermen still fish and crab the clean waters of the Rappahannock. 

Standing on the cliff looking over the river feels like being in the mountains. The vista is nothing short of magnificent, and the sunsets

are extraordinary. Even stars shine brighter because there is no "light pollution" from city lights. Rappahannock Cliffs is indeed the ideal place to discover the wonders of nature.

"The Rappahannock River is nationally
recognized as one of the least-spoiled rivers in
the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and provides some of the most critical waterfowl habitats on the entire Atlantic Coast. Bald Eagle experts commonly
refer to Fones Cliff as a bald eagle bulls eye.“

United States Senator Jim Webb

 

 

"We can discover the wonders of nature rolling in the rushes down by the riverside"  - Sugar Magnolia