Things To Do In Church View, Virginia

Image1The small town of Church View, Virginia may not seem like much, but on further review, the place is endowed with many things to see, and also many activities to take part in and just have fun. So what is this that makes people talk a lot about this area?

Kayaking the Dragon Run
The main attraction here is the Dragon Run Wilderness nearby and there is no better way to see it than by Kayak. You notice the name “Dragon”, so be sure to interact with dragon flies here and there as you paddle your kayak along the waters of Dragon run. Everything is green in color, the quietness is awesome, and the vegetation is full of fascinating species you won’t find anywhere else.

In fact, this ecosystem was ranked second, among the 232 areas that were being surveyed by Smithsonian Institution. Most of the people who come here love the natural beauty that is associated with the remoteness of the place. Everything exists in its most natural form here, so expect to hike your way into the area as most paths cannot accommodate vehicles.

Fishing the Rappahanock River
You are about to become a fisherman when you visit Church view. Most of the fishing taking place here is for sporting purposes, though there’s no harm in roasting some for dinner if you’re out camping. The cool waters of River Rappahanock provide a healthy breeding ground for various fish species. You will certainly become interested when you see your colleagues fishing in this river. It’s all about having fun with things that nature has provided for free.

Remember to bring along your fishing tackle if you plan to fish. But there’s also an option to rent them if you’re too lazy to bring yours along. No fuss about it.

Boating & Water Sports On The Chesapeake
While only paddle boats such as kayaks and canoes are allowed on the Dragon Run, opportunities for other types of boating are nearby as well. With the Rappahanock river spilling into the Chesapeake bay only a short drive away, you are never far from an afternoon of boating fun. Bring your ski boats and sailboats or opt for a rental which are available locally. Rental boats are available of varying types. Check out the models with marine speakers and stereo systems like these for an amazing sound experience to go with the breathtaking scenery.

Virginia Motor Speedway
When you’re through with interacting with nature, there are other activities you can take part in, such as the Virginia Motor Speedway. It’s about having fun watching big foot machines driving and skidding in muddy conditions. There are lots of spectators who come to witness the various motor speedway events organized annually. Annual events include, mud mayhem, shear stylin, new king of the hill and many others. Check out the schedule for upcoming races.

This area is endowed with plenty of activities you can take advantage of, whether you are focused on camping, sporting activity, or just shear pleasure. Definitely we recommend Church View for anyone who loves these activities and so much more.

The Dragon Run Wilderness Area

riverNamed the second place to have ecological importance out of 232 regions that have been scrutinized in the Smithsonian Institution, The Dragon Wilderness is one unique to visit. Here is a description of the Dragon Run Wilderness area:

The most special aspect of this place is the fact that it is remote and has an appealing natural beauty. The place is crossed by a number of highway bridges over a 35 mile section that connects to the Piankatank River. The majority of the access points is only reached by trekking for about a mile over a rocky back country.

The area is managed and protected by Friends of Dragon Run, an organization that was structured by a collection of Middle Peninsula citizens of Virginia. They cheerfully contributed funds to buy and conserve a tract of Dragon swamp of 203 acre, this was in the vicinity of Churchview, Middlesex County. The main aim of the organization was to promote the conservation and protection of the watershed. They have ensured this by acting an example and playing the role model to the community.

There are neighbors of the Dragon Wilderness, who are encouraged by FODR to contribute to the simplicity of conserving the area and if not, they should protect the area for further development. Some ways that have been used to promote conservation include contour farming and filter strips. Others include the use of susceptible timbering methods, reforestation and sod waterways in the area. The main aim is to cut down the nutrient and sediment amount that might enter the Dragon due to forestry and farming.

Since it is more of a swampy environment, the most common activity there is Paddling, which comes with some instructions. The organization advises that anyone who has a heart problem or any severe medical condition should take a careful consideration before engaging in the trip. Typically, the activity is a vigorous event that can cause a heart attack to one who has a pre-existing heart problem. The trips are not exactly charged, but a donation is always suggested, at least $40 per person.

There are various Trail Guides that are provided to the public in various locations. These guides were established by Mark Chittenden and some are open to be public while others must have a FODR leader. Some of the common Trail Guides include;
o The Picnic-Circle Trail: This a dry, flat, wooded circular region that overlooks the Dragon Run. Here, FODR holds its yearly picnic every October and the kayaks/canoes are launched from this place.
o The Pre-Circle Trail: It is a cool, mostly dry and forested, one-way road that is based on the Revere Tract property of FODR in the vicinity of Mascot, VA.
o The Mascot Trail: This section is open to the public and it is a dry, cool and loop-trail that stretches to the property of FODR around Mascot, VA.
o The “To-Williams” Trail: This is an appealing, cool and a one-way trail that is forested, though it might be a two-way in the future. It is based on the Revere Tract property of FODR near Mascot, VA.
o The Post-Circle Trail: It is an easy and flat trail that is forested and mostly dry. It is also a one-way trail that is on the Revere Tract property of FODR.

The place is attractive and extra breathtaking as it mostly focuses on the nature and all the events are mostly related to the forested, which are fascinating as well.

What People Are Saying About Dragon Run Inn

DragonRunInnOur guests have lots of nice things to say about our bed & breakfast!

A guest from Maryland wrote:

Perfect Weekend!

“My husband and I enjoyed our trip to Dragon Run Inn and our kayaking trip on the Dragon Run with Friends of Dragon Run so much last year, that we decided to return this year with two friends. Sue and Ivan are perfect hosts – and appear to love having guests. The house is beautiful – the rooms are large and the decor whimsical. Each guest room is named for a farm animal. We chose the Horse Room again although we would have been happy with any of the rooms. The food is plentiful, delicious, and completely homemade. We stayed two nights and asked for the 5-course candlelight dinner. My one suggestion – wear very loose clothes for dinner – it is huge. Both times we’ve ordered the dinner, we’ve ended up bringing half of it home with us.

If you like kayaking little streams, the Friends of Dragon Run run kayaking trips in the spring, when the water is high enough. For us, staying at the Inn and kayaking the Dragon make for a perfect weekend.”

A guest from Lychburg, Virginia wrote:

It Was Great!

“My wife and I had never stayed at a B&B before but if this any indication of the accommodations available we will be doing it more often. The innkeepers were most gracious and wonderful. The Breakfast was the best i have ever had on the road. We are already planning a vacation to this Inn again. We were in the “Sheep room” and it was great!”