Living Here

Life in Orange County

Orange County is one the most outstanding and desirable locations in which to live, work and play in Virginia – making it a true hidden gem. Its plentiful and diverse natural resources fuel many of its industries as well as inspire and cultivate many of the recreations and arts. Its rich history is proudly displayed and celebrated throughout the county.

All in all, there are myriad facets that appeal to Orange County residents and those considering relocation to this area. Most often they attribute their satisfaction to Orange’s quiet way of life and friendly hometown feel with its balance of modern amenities, easy accessibility to work, health and public services, education, recreation, vacation destinations, and points of interest – locally and regionally.

Climate

Orange CountyResidents and visitors alike enjoy the four distinctly beautiful seasons of Orange County. Situated east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Orange County falls within the Piedmont Climate Region of Virginia. The average January temperature hits between 27-47 degrees (F), and the average July temperature hits between 68-88 degrees (F). The average precipitation is second highest of all five climate regions of Virginia at approximately 43 inches per year. The peak of fall foliage occurs mid-late October.

The region’s growing season is long enough at 182 days to allow proper maturity of a variety of crops. It generally occurs between mid-April – the last freeze of the winter – and mid-to-late October when the first freeze of the fall hits.

Climate
Annual average temperature 55.75°
Average high temperature 66.1°
Average low temperature 45.4°
Average annual rainfall 42.97"
Average annual snowfall* 19"
*Most snowfall occurs in months of January and February

Geography

Orange CountyThe county consists of 341 square miles (227,200 acres) with elevations ranging from 175 feet above sea level along the Rapidan River to 1,200 feet above sea level in the mountains. Some of the county’s highest summits – all 1,000 feet or more above sea level – are Clark Mountain in Rapidan, Merry Mountain north of Gordonsville, and Cowherd Mountain just southeast of Barboursville.

Lake Orange is a 124-acre public fishing lake located a few miles east of the Town of Orange and features a boat ramp, concessions, fishing pier, parking lot, picnic facilities and plenty of great shoreline. Lake Orange supports warm water fish such as largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish.

The northwestern most points of Lake Anna reach into Orange County. The Lake Anna State Park has rental cabins, camping, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, horse trails, picnic sites, and, with 9,600 water acres, it’s a favorite destination for recreational boating, waterskiing, swimming and fishing.

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