2. Rapidan Camp

Located on the Rapidan River, Rapidan Camp is a restored fishing retreat that was built by President Herbert Hoover in 1929. During his presidency, Hoover and his wife enjoyed visiting the rustic retreat that they referred to as “the Brown House” in contrast to their more formal abode on Pennsylvania Avenue. The camp was also a precursor to Camp David, the current presidential country retreat. Today, Rapidan Camp is open to the public and is accessible from Mill Prong Trail. During the warm months, the park offers tours of the historic retreat.


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