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