Caledon State Park Lead Interpreter Mike Callahan with a red-tailed hawk.

Friends of Caledon State Park Annual Meeting Features Raptor Presentation

by | Jun 12, 2016 | Events

By Susan Larson. Photos copyright Fredericksburg Today.

The Friends of Caledon held their annual meeting Sunday afternoon, June 12, 2016, at Caledon State Park in King George, Va.

The event included a raptor presentation by Lead Interpreter Mike Callahan, featuring a red-tailed hawk, a barred owl, an American kestrel, and an eastern screech owl.

The Friends of Caledon was formed in 2001 “to promote activities which conserve and enhance the recreational, cultural, historical, and natural resources of Caledon State Park.” The group’s major fundraisers for the park are the Howlin’ Coyote 10K Trail Race and One Eyed Zombie Terror Trail 5K in October. The Caledon State Park Art & Wine Festival is scheduled for November 5 and 6, 2016.

Caledon State Park, a National Natural Landmark, consists of 2,584 acres of eastern hardwood climax forest, marsh, wetlands, and Potomac River shoreline. It’s home to a large concentration of American bald eagles. The habitats also support more than 500 species of native plants, 122 species of birds, 21 species of mammals, 39 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 12 species of fish.

Hiking and biking trails of varying length and difficulty provide opportunity to explore the park and view the wildlife.

Six primitive campgrounds along the Potomac River are available for those paddling in from the river or hiking three miles from the Smoot House Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

Visit the park’s website for Events, Programs and Festivals.

Caledon State Park is located at 11617 Caledon Rd. in King George.

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