Mouth of the Rappahannock River

Aerial view (to the southeast) towards the mouth of the Rappahannock River

The Rappahannock River forms a broad estuary as it flows to towards the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia’s Coastal Plain province. To the south the Piankatank River is also visible.  The Rappahannock and Piankatank rivers are tidal estuaries.

Cliffs of Westmoreland


The Cliffs of Westmoreland rise 30 to 45 meters (~100 to 150′) above the waters of the Potomac River.  These bluffs expose Miocene to Pliocene sedimentary units, some which are quite fossiliferous.  For more information on the geology of Westmoreland checkout the 2005 Virginia Geological Field Conference guidebook by Buck Ward and others. Note the […]