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Shenandoah Valley Region
Paul State Forest
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Elevation: 1420 ft. Paul State Forest serves as an island of forest in a sea of farmland. The trees host a variety of common woodland species. Area regulars include red-bellied, downy, and hairy woodpeckers, and the occasional pileated and red-headed woodpeckers drop in sporadically. Forest diversity is at its highest during migration when, depending on the weather, numerous species of warblers, vireos, tanagers and thrushes can be spotted. Fast flying tawny emperors and the less energetic red-spotted purples and eastern tiger swallowtails frequent the broad trails between the towering yellow poplars of the state forest. The surrounding fields attract a variety of raptors that perch along the edges of the forest. Keep a look out for Cooper?s, sharp-shinned and red-tailed hawks, as well as the occasional American kestrel.
History of the Area
Paul State Forest is a 1,900-acre forest located in central Virginia. The forest is named after Frederic W. Paul, who was a respected forester and the state's first State Forester.

Paul State Forest has a relatively recent history compared to other forests in Virginia. It was established in 1956 as part of the Virginia Forestry Division's initiative to acquire lands for public use and designated as a state forest in 1999. The land was purchased from various private landowners over the years.
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Paul State Forest is located near Harrisonburg

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Area Campgrounds
Shenandoah Valley Campground
296 Riner Lane
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Natural Chimneys Campground
94 Natural Chimneys Lane
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Area Fishing Related Businesses
Blue Ridge Angler
1756 S Main St
Harrisonburg, VA
(540) 574-3474
Rockingham Cooperative: Valley Heritage Division
101 W Grace St
Harrisonburg, VA
(540) 434-3856
Runion's Hunting & Fishing
625L Mount Clinton Pike
Harrisonburg, VA
(540) 433-7225
Mossycreek Fly Fishing
2035 E Market St
Harrisonburg, VA
(540) 434-2444
Area Cabins and Lodges
Great Eastern Resort Corp Ord: Owner Referrel Dept
2030 Deyerle Ave
Harrisonburg, VA
(540) 434-6277
Cradle Mountain Ski & Skate
1854 E Market St
Harrisonburg, VA
(540) 433-7201

1. Start on I:95 S from Richmond, Virginia.
2. Take exit 130B to merge onto VA:3 W/Plank Rd toward Culpeper.
3. Continue straight for about 30 miles.
4. Turn right onto State Rte 610/Walnut Grove Dr after passing the Rapidan River bridge.
5. Drive approximately five miles until you reach a T:junction at Locust Dale Road (State Route 634).
6. Make a left turn here and continue driving along this road for another two miles or so.
7. Turn right into Paul State Forest entrance sign; it's easy to miss, so keep an eye out!
8. Follow the forest trail inwards till you find parking areas designated by signs.

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