Central and Southern State Parks

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    Central Virginia

    Central Virginia Region = Adventures Around Every Bend

    Bear Creek Lake State Park

    Surrounded by the Cumberland State Forest, Bear Creek Lake State Park was a project during the Great Depression, when 100 men with the Civilian Conservation Corps built the lake and two pavilions.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for hiking, biking, mountain biking, horseback
    • Freshwater fishing
    • Boating
    • Swimming - Beach
    • Rent rowboats, paddleboats, canoes.
     
    Kayaker at Bear Creek Lake State Park

    High Bridge Trail State Park

    High Bridge Trail is 31 miles long and ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Once a rail bed, the trail is wide, level and generally flat. The park’s centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River.

    • Horse trails
    • Hiking
    • Biking

     

    High Bridge Trail State Park

    Holliday Lake State Park

    You're always on holiday at Holliday Lake State Park, located about 12 miles from the Appomattox Courthouse National Park on U.S. 60, site of Gen Robert E. Lee's surrender in 1865.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback
    • Swimming - Beach
    • Freshwater fishing
    • Rent rowboats, paddleboats, canoes
    • Motorboats with electric motors are allowed
    • Sunfish Aquatic Trail - a self-guided water tour
    • Critter Hole play area
     
    Fishing at Holliday Lake State Park

    James River State Park

    The James River State Park is one of the newest state parks along the James River in Buckingham County.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for hiking, biking, horseback
    • Freshwater fishing
    • Tubing
     
    Tubing at James River State Park

    Pocahontas State Park

    Located just 20 miles from downtown Richmond in Chesterfield County, Pocahontas State Park was named after Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan and who saved Capt. John Smith's life, as the story goes.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for biking, hiking and horseback
    • Freshwater fishing
    • Boating
    • Swimming - Water Park!
    • Rent rowboats, paddleboats, canoes
     
    Kayaking at Pocahontas State Park

    Powhatan State Park

    You'll find Powhatan State Park in the northwest corner of Powhatan County on the historic James River. The park has diverse wildlife habitat, from open fields to upland hardwood forests. Guests can use the park's car-top boat slide to get in the river.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • canoe-in campground
    • Multi-use trails
    • Wildlife observation areas
    • Picnic Shelters
    • Playground

     

    Kayaking at Powhatan State Park

    Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park

    During "Black Thursday of the Confederacy", Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia lost 7,700 men at Sailor's Creek Battlefield, which led to the South's surrender at Appomattox 72 hours later.

    The Overton-Hillsman House, which served as a field hospital during the Civil War, is open for tours June through August. Civil War buffs will enjoy Lee's Retreat Driving Tour from Petersburg to Appomattox Court House through the park. Picnic areas are available and some group camping by special arrangements.

     

    Hillsman Farm House Museum at Sailor Creek Battlefield State Park

    Smith Mountain Lake State Park

    Smith Mountain Lake is the second largest lake in the state and was created in 1960 when a dam was built on the Roanoke River in Smith Mountain Gap.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for hiking
    • Freshwater fishing, fishing pier
    • Swimming - Beach
    • Rent motorboats, paddleboats, canoes
     
    Marina at Smith Mountain Lake

    Twin Lakes State Park

    Twin Lakes State Park has two lakes, Goodwin and Prince Edward. Until the 1960s it was racially segregated, and as a result it has two complete sets of facilities.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for biking, hiking, horseback
    • Swimming - Beach
    • Freshwater fishing
    • Boating on both lakes
    • Rent rowboats, paddleboats, canoes
     
    Paddleboats at Twin Lakes
     

    Southern Virginia

    Southern Virginia Region = Adventures Around Every Bend

    Occoneechee State Park

    The Occoneechee Indians lived in the area that is now Occoneechee State Park. The park is located on Virginia's largest lake, Buggs Island Lake, also known as the John H. Kerr Reservoir.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for biking, hiking, horseback
    • Freshwater fishing
    • Rent pontoon and fishing boats
     
    Boat ramp at Occoneechee State Park

    Staunton River State Park

    Shaded campgrounds, rustic cabins, picturesque picnic shelters, well-maintained nature trails, and plenty of exciting outdoor opportunities for the whole family make Staunton River State Park the perfect place for your vacation.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for hiking, biking, horseback
    • Swimming pool, wading pool
    • Freshwater fishing
    • Boating, including motor boats
    • Rent canoes, kayaks and jonboats
     
    Sunset at Staunton River State Park

    Staunton River Battlefield State Park

    Staunton River Battlefield State Park was named for Capt. Henry Staunton, who protected early settlers from Indian attacks. The river was important for transporting goods, especially tobacco, from the plantations in the area.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for hiking, biking, horseback
    • Self-guided interpretive tour
    • Picnicking
     
    reenactors at Staunton River Battlefield State Park

     

    Images Courtesy of Virginia State Parks

    For more information on wildlife management areas and natural preserves, please visit the Department of Conservation & Recreation!

Last Updated: 6/20/2014 10:57 AM
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