Directions to Rappahannock Astronomy Club Events

Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadows is an open area with a campground, restaurant and lodge in Shenandoah National Park. It is a dark sky sight at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Skyline Drive.

Historically, the Big Meadows Star Gaze and other astronomy events have been held at Big Meadows. It is necessary to contact the National Park Service rangers before using the area at night or for a group.

A smaller space is nearby at the Milam Gap parking area, approximately 1.5 miles south of Big Meadows. Milam Gap is a more sheltered site.

  • Street address is Skyline Drive, mile marker 51.2.
  • Park phone number is (540) 999-3500.
  • There is no direct email address. The park provides a contact form.
  • Coordinates for Swift Run Gap, the park entrance closest to Big Meadows:
    Latitude 38.357744. Longitude -78.545594 (38° 21′ 27.8778″ North, 78° 32′ 44.1378″ West).
  • Directions: From Fredericksburg:Enter Shenandoah National Park (fee required) and the Skyline Drive.
    Go to mile marker 51. Big Meadows is on the west side of the drive.
  • Map
  • Clear Sky Clock for Big Meadows

Caledon State Park

Caledon is a fairly dark sky, rural park. Located along the Potomac River northwest of the Highway 301 bridge in King George County, Virginia.

RAC hosts a star party here in most months of the year.

Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna Park is a fairly dark sky, rural park located along Lake Anna in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, 25 miles southwest of Fredericksburg and 60 miles northwest of Richmond.

Maury School

Old Maury School is a historic building that once held Fredericksburg’s first high school.

It is located just southwest of downtown Fredericksburg, at the corner of Barton Street and George Street. This is one block off William Street. Enter from Barton Street. The back side of the school is Maury Stadium, which is still used as
the football stadium for James Monroe High School. There is a parking lot
off Barton Street at the front of the school.

Central Rappahannock Heritage Center occupies the lower level of the building. For meetings in the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center Meeting Room,
don’t try to enter the main doors of the old school. Go to the right side of the building and down the stairs to the lower level. Enter the door at the bottom of the stairs. The meeting room is the first room you come to.

Motts Run Reservoir

Motts Run Reservoir is operated by Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation.
It is an open space near urban Fredericksburg.

  • Street address is 6242 River Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407.
  • Phone number is 540-372-1086.
  • There is no direct email address. Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation provides a contact info.
  • Latitude 38.315565. Longitude -77.555287 (38° 18′ 56.0334″ North, 77° 33′ 19.0332″ West).
  • Directions: From Fredericksburg:Take Route 3 west from Fredericksburg. Approximately 1 mile west of I-95, turn right on Bragg Road (at a stop light) go approximately 1 mile, turn left on River Road, pass Clore Brothers Outfitters, after cresting hill, continue 0.5 mile, park is on left with gravel entry road.
  • Map
  • Clear Sky Clock for Stafford, a location near Motts Run.

National Museum of the U.S. Marine Corps

The museum is located along Interstate 95, close to Quantico Marine Base.

Old Mill Park

Old Mill Park is operated by Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation.
It is an open space on the Rappahannock River inside urban Fredericksburg,
on the edge of historic Old Town.

  • Street address is 2216 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401.
  • Phone number is 540-372-1086.
  • There is no direct email address. Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation provides a contact info.
  • Latitude 38.315835. Longitude -77.467951 (38° 18′ 57.0054″ North, 77° 28′ 4.623″ West).
  • Directions: From downtown or Old Town Fredericksburg: Take Sophia Street north from William Street. Sophia ends in a left turn at
    Pitt Street. Follow Pitt one block west, then turn right on Caroline Street.
    Follow Caroline 3 blocks, then watch for the park entrance on the right.
  • Map
  • Clear Sky Clock for Stafford, a location near Fredericksburg.

Shiloh Schools

Shiloh Schools is a historic property of Northumberland Preservation, Inc.
in Northumberland County, VA.

  • At the intersection of Routes 605 (Balls Neck Road) and 606 (Shiloh School Road) in Northumberland County.
  • Latitude 37.7675796, Longitude -76.329832 (37°46′5″N, 76°19′51″W).
  • Directions: From Kilmarnock: Take Route 200 north of town. Turn onto Shiloh School Road and go to the end of the road.
  • For more information contact Northumberland Preservation, Inc. at P.O. Box 65, Wicomoco Church, VA 22579.

Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall is the historic home of Revolutionary War hero Light Horse Harry Lee
and the birthplace of Civil War General Robert E Lee. It is a dark sky site located on the Potomac River in Westmoreland County.

Westmoreland State Park

Westmoreland State Park is a fairly dark sky, rural park. Located along the Potomac River downstream from Caledon, in Westmoreland County, Virginia.