Things to Know

Visitor Activities

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There are always things to do at Rappahannock River Valley Refuge! Come view the wildlife, fish, take photos, get involved with wildlife education and so much more.

Visitor Activities

Wildlife & Habitat

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There is wildlife year round to see at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge! Come hike the trails and see what creatures you can spot.

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BayScape Native Plant Garden

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BayScaping is a system of landscape principles designed to help the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. BayScape plants require little maintenance, water or fertilizer; grow in difficult conditions; and benefit wildlife.

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Get Involved

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There are many ways to get involved on the refuge - volunteering, helping out our friends group or youth internships. How can you help out nature?

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About Us

Our Values

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, represented by the blue goose, contains some of the most special places on this planet. Each day we, along with our partners, work with incredible people—people working together to accomplish an important mission and bound together by our shared values.

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About the Complex

Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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