Culpeper County
About Culpeper County

Culpeper County is located in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and lies entirely within the Piedmont Plateau. The County varies in landscape from open fields to forested hills, with numerous rivers and streams, all of which flow to the Rappahannock River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Culpeper County is bounded by the Rappahannock River to the northeast, the Rapidan River to the southeast and the Hughes River, Crooked Run and the Robinson Rivers to the west.

Culpeper County, situated in north-central Virginia, is a rural community with a population of 48,506 (U.S. Census Bureau 2013). Culpeper possesses a strong agricultural base and a diversity of service and production industries. As one of 95 counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Culpeper County encompasses 381 square miles and contains 243,840 acres. The Town of Culpeper is the county seat, located in the approximate geographic center of the County. As the only incorporated town in the County, it is the business, service and cultural center for the County.

Culpeper County is located centrally between four major localities. Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia, located 75 miles northeast of the Town of Culpeper, is the largest of these and is responsible for most of the development pressures that face Culpeper County. The second largest nearby locality is the City of Richmond that is located 90 miles southeast of Culpeper. The two other areas that are somewhat smaller but closer to Culpeper County are Charlottesville, located 45 miles to the southwest, and Fredericksburg located 30 miles to the east. These localities are linked to Culpeper by several major primary roads including Routes 29, 15, 3, 522 and 211. Additionally, Interstate Routes 66, 64, 81, and 95 are all within a forty-mile radius of Culpeper County.

What is the Parks and Recreation Master Plan?

Culpeper County desires Parks and Recreation Master Plan that provides direction and action steps the County may take to continue developing an “innovative and exceptional” park system to meet our citizens’ needs.

The Master Plan will provide direction to the County on development of three (3) priority items based on the analysis of the needs of the community, as well as recommendations on the inclusion of amenities which accommodate residents with special needs, recommendations for increased citizen utilization of current and future facilities and potential economic development opportunities. The purpose of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan is to

  • Engage the community, leadership and stakeholders in meaningful, varied and a creative public input process to build a shared vision for parks and recreation that supports the economic and community goals of the County;
  • Utilize a wide variety of data sources and best practices to predict trends and patterns of use and how to address unmet needs in the County;
  • Determine unique Level of Service Standards for the County to project appropriate and prudent actions regarding program services, parks, open space, amenities, trails, and natural resources;
  • Shape financial and operational preparedness through innovative and “next” practices in revenue generation to achieve the strategic objectives and recommended actions, and implementation strategies outlined in the plan;
  • Align with NRPA’s three pillars of Conservation, Health and Wellness and Social Equity through innovation and “next” practices for the County to achieve the strategic objectives and recommended actions, goals, objectives and implementation strategies outlined in the plan.