Rapidan Wildlife Management Area
|Rapidan Wildlife Management Area|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||Madison and Greene counties, Virginia|
|Area||10,326 acres (41.79 km2)|
|Governing body||Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries|
Rapidan Wildlife Management Area is a 10,326-acre (41.79 km2) Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Madison and Greene counties, Virginia. It is composed of eight separate tracts of land along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains; four of these adjoin Shenandoah National Park, and combined they share 25 miles (40 km) of boundary.
Elevations within the area range from 1,400 to 3,840 feet (430 to 1,170 m) above sea level. Much of the area was forested prior to being acquired by the state, although timber harvesting took place frequently. Most of the woods are hardwood, dominated by chestnut oak and tulip poplar; populations of sugar maple and yellow and black birch may be found in some of the higher and deeper areas. Some of the older timber nearly died from gypsy moth infestation before being salvaged in the late 1980s. Evidence of former human habitation, including old home sites, cemeteries, and rock piles, may still be found in the area.
Rapidan WMA is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The area is open to the public for hunting, trapping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and primitive camping. Access for persons 17 years of age or older requires a valid hunting or fishing permit, or a WMA access permit.
- "Rapidan". ProtectedPlanet. United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
- "Rapidan". Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
- "Access Permit". Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
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