Opal, Virginia

Opal, Virginia
Census-designated place

Opal, Virginia

Location within Fauquier county

Coordinates: 38°37′15″N 77°48′00″W / 38.62083°N 77.80000°W / 38.62083; -77.80000Coordinates: 38°37′15″N 77°48′00″W / 38.62083°N 77.80000°W / 38.62083; -77.80000
Country United States
State Virginia
County Fauquier
  Total 3.16 sq mi (8.19 km2)
  Land 3.14 sq mi (8.12 km2)
  Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
Elevation 449 ft (137 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 691
  Density 220/sq mi (85.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 20186
FIPS code 51-59416
GNIS feature ID 1499824

Opal (formerly Fayettesville) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Fauquier County, Virginia, United States. It is on U.S. Highway 15/U.S. Route 17 and U.S. Route 29, at an elevation of 449 feet (137 m).[1] The population as of the 2010 census was 691.[2]


Opal is in western Fauquier County, 7 miles (11 km) south of Warrenton, the county seat, and 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Culpeper. US Route 17 diverges from Route 15 and 29 at Opal, leading southeast 31 miles (50 km) to Fredericksburg. Bealeton is directly south of Opal.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Opal CDP has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.2 km2), of which 0.03 square miles (0.07 km2), or 0.81%, is water.[2] The north and east sides of the community are part of the Potomac River watershed via Licking Run, Cedar Run, and the Occoquan River, while the west and south sides are part of the Rappahannock River watershed, via Tinpot Run and Bowens Run.


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