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Belmont, Gari Melchers Estate

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.


The estate contains 28 acres of land situated on a ridge overlooking the falls of the Rappahannock River. The staff at the visitor center can provide information regarding trails and tours of the property. Adjacent to the parking lot are several meadows that are burned or mowed periodically by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in an attempt to prevent succession and to stimulate the growth of planted native wildflowers and warm season grasses, which provide beneficial wildlife habitat. Several trail heads lead from the garden or fields to a magnificent overlook of the Rappahannock River or into the woods, following a small stream that runs through mature woodlands. The river overlook can provide viewing of waterfowl any time of the year. Behind the mansion are additional meadows that attract bluebirds which nest in the boxes erected around the property. Flower gardens and surrounding wildflower meadows are sure to attract butterflies and wildflower enthusiasts alike.


Physical Address: 224 Washington Street, Falmouth, VA 22405

From I-95, take Falmouth-Warrenton Exit 133A. Follow U.S. Rt 17 (toward Falmouth) 1.25 miles to Washington St (just before flashing light). Turn right into Belmont.

From the Previous Site on the Fredericksburg Loop of the VBWT:

Leaving Aquia Landing, turn around and go back 5.2 miles on Rt. 608. Turn right onto Rt. 628/Eskimo Hill Road. Go 2.8 miles and turn right on State Shop Road. At the light, turn left onto US 1 South. Proceed 5.5 miles, go through light at intersection of US 17 business and US 1. Make an immediate right turn before bridge onto Cambridge Street. Take a right onto Washington Street and go up the hill. The entrance is on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (540) 654-1839, bjensen@mwc.edu
  • Website
  • Access: Grounds and Trails Free, Open Daily 10am - 5pm

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Environmental Study Area
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms