Why Culpeper

Welcome to Culpeper!

There is always something to look forward to in Culpeper. Our beautiful location, great neighborhoods and many annual events energize us and also help us unwind. Culpeper provides a relaxed and elegant lifestyle.

Culpeper is also the geographic center of Virginia’s most loved attractions –  between the Washington skyline and Skyline DriveMount Vernon and MonticelloLuray Caverns and Kings Dominion, and between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the deep blue Atlantic. This means residents and visitors can spend each day in a different place and time, yet spend their evenings in a place of timeless beauty and charm.

Location

Fourth of July in CulpeperGo here, there and everywhere

When you’re standing in downtown Culpeper, taking in the historic charm and distant views of the Shenandoah Mountains, you would never guess how close you are to the nation’s capital (60 miles northeast) and to one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious public universities (45 miles southwest). Washington, D.C. and the University of Virginia are just some of the nearby gems that are a short drive from Culpeper County, VA.

In a nutshell, this is exactly what makes Culpeper such an amazing place. You can find complete quiet and solitude one day and hop on a train to Union Station the next.

Life in Culpeper

From the turn of the millennium until today, the county’s population has surged from around 34,000 individuals to surpassing 50,000. However, a quick trip through the town unveils that Culpeper caters to a demographic far exceeding the 50,000 mark.

This is attributed to Culpeper’s role as a vital center for commerce, industry, healthcare, and cultural pursuits, to not only for the residents but also for the community members of numerous surrounding counties in Central Virginia.

People eating on Davis StreetFestivals and Event

Throughout the year, Culpeper hosts a popular schedule of Festivals and Special Events, including:

Winter

  • Holiday Parade
  • Holiday Open House
  • Mardi Gras Celebration

Spring

  • Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest
  • Wicked Bottom 5K

Summer

  • Summer Third Thursday Concert Series
  • Culpeper Cycling Century
  • CulpeperFest
  • Old-fashioned Fourth of July Festival with a Car and Bike Show
  • Triathlon

Fall

  • Hop and Hog Festival
  • Farm Tour
  • CrabFest
  • Oyster Fest
  • Air Fest

For an updated listing of events, visit the Culpeper Tourism website.

Parks

Culpeper residents and visitors know this is a community that loves living life outside. Although home to numerous great local parks and sporting facilities, a couple deserve special recognition:

Commonwealth Park is one of Virginia’s largest equestrian facilities. It hosts a variety of national horse shows and special events including the HITS Culpeper Show Series.

Culpeper Sports Complex hosts numerous events at the expansive grounds that includes three football/lacrosse/rugby fields, four youth baseball fields, two softball fields, one regulation baseball field and six soccer fields. There are 14 lighted fields. There is a 2.24-mile multiuse path, medication labyrinth, and an inclusive playground. Also at the Sports Complex is the Fieldhouse with 12 months of indoor activities.

Yowell Meadow Park has a 1-mile paved walking trail, a nature trail, playground, softball field and basketball courts. The highlight of the park is the outdoor skateboard park.

Rockwater Park has 1.7 miles of multiuse trails, a extreme obstacle course, 18-hole disc golf course and an ever popular splash pad.

Lenn Park is located on the eastern portion of the county with two softball fields, an ampitheater, a pavilion with indoor activity area, a 2.5 mile trail along Mountain Run Creek, and the Culpeper Barnstormers Airfield.

Spillman Park in the northern portion of Culpeper County has an 18-hole disc golf course and a new playground.

While not in the borders of Culpeper proper, we couldn’t not mention the nearby Shenandoah National Park. The park extends along the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its famous Skyline Drive is just 30 minutes from town. Mostly forested, the park includes a vast network of trails— including a section of the Appalachian Trail— and features wetlands, waterfalls and rocky peaks like Hawksbill and Old Rag mountains.