Chilton Woods State Forest Article

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Chilton Woods State Forest
Map showing the location of Chilton Woods State Forest
Map showing the location of Chilton Woods State Forest
Location within Virginia
Location Lancaster County, Virginia
Coordinates 37°49′14″N 76°31′39″W / 37.8206°N 76.5274°W / 37.8206; -76.5274
CHILTON WOODS STATE FOREST Latitude and Longitude:

37°49′14″N 76°31′39″W / 37.8206°N 76.5274°W / 37.8206; -76.5274
Area397 acres (161 ha)
Established2000 (2000)
Governing body Virginia Department of Forestry

Chilton Woods State Forest is a 397-acre (161 ha) state forest located on the Northern Neck in Lancaster County, Virginia, near the town of Warsaw. [1]

History

Chilton Woods State Forest was formed in July 2000 after Catherine B. Chilton turned the land over to state control; the Virginia Department of Forestry had aided her and her husband when they took control of the property in 1954. Upon his death in 1973, Mr. Chilton's will left the land to his wife, with the stipulation that she turn it over to the Commonwealth upon her death. [1]

Description

The forest includes Lancaster Creek and the Corrotoman River, both of which are tributaries of the Rappahannock River. Most of the forest's trees are loblolly pine, with areas of mixed pine and hardwoods. Herbaceous plants within the forest include the showy orchis and pink lady's slipper. Management of the forest focuses on timber production and enhancement of wildlife habitat, in addition to providing space for public recreation such as hiking and birdwatching. [1]

Public use and access

The forest is open to the public for horseback riding and hiking; hunting is limited to archery and black powder rifle use only. Camping and motorized vehicles are prohibited. [1] Some uses may require visitors to possess a valid State Forest Use Permit. [2]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Chilton Woods State Forest". Virginia Department of Forestry. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Virginia's State Forests". Virginia Department of Forestry. Retrieved April 12, 2017.

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