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Creek State Park

929 Oak Hill Road, Cumberland

(804) 492-4410

Less than an hour west of Richmond and nestled in the heart of Cumberland

State Forest, Bear Creek Lake is the perfect getaway for the outdoor enthusiast.

Activities center on the park’s 40-acre lake complete with a boat launch,

fishing pier, boat rentals and swimming beach. The park offers camping,

an archery range, lakeside picnicking, bike rentals, playgrounds, hiking

and access to a 14-mile multi-use trail in the state forest.


State Park

10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield

(804) 796-4255

Just 20 miles

from downtown Richmond, Pocahontas State Park has been one of the more

popular parks in the state park system. Swift Creek forms the nucleus

of the park, which is centered in a wildlife management area. Camping

and group cabins are available and swimming and boat launch is free for

overnight campers.


River State Park

5526 Riverview Road, Williamsburg

(757) 566-3036

Located 11 miles west of Williamsburg, York River State Park offers visitors

an opportunity to experience the environment of a coastal estuary. This

park is known for its rare and delicate environment, where freshwater

and saltwater meet to create a habitat rich in marine and plant life.

The main focus of the park is to preserve a portion of York River frontage

and its related marshes while providing an area for passive day-use recreation

for visitors.

Bear Creek

Lake State Park

929 Oak Hill Road


(804) 492-4410

Surrounded by the Cumberland State Forest, Bear Creek Lake State Park

is about 5 miles from Cumberland on Route 629. The park was a project

during the Great Depression, when 100 men with the Civilian Conservation

Corps built the lake and two pavilions. Activities include trails for

hiking, biking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The 40-acre lake

and Willis River provides freshwater fishing and boating opportunities

as well as a swimming beach. Visitors can rent rowboats, paddleboats and



Stone State Park

Route 2, Stuart

(276) 930-2424

Home of the mysterious fairy stones, which are shaped like St. Andrew’s

and Roman crosses, Fairy Stone State Park is located in Patrick County

off of Route 57northwest of Martinsville. Activities include trails for

biking, hiking and horseback riding. Its 168-acre lake adjoining Philpott

Reservoir is located near the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Swimming and freshwater fishing can be enjoyed along the sandy banks of

the lake. Visitors can rent rowboats, paddleboats and canoes; motorboats

are permitted on the reservoir only.


Lake State Park

Route 2, Appomattox

(434) 248-6308

Combine a visit to this state park with a visit to nearby 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 and horseback

riding. A beach area along the 150-acre lake makes it great for swimming

and freshwater fishing. Visitors can rent rowboats, paddleboats and canoes.

Motorboats with electric motors are allowed, too. The Sunfish Aquatic

Trail is a self-guided water tour, and the “Critter Hole” play

area is a family favorite.

James River

State Park

Route 1, Gladstone

(434) 933-4355

The James River State Park is one of the newest state parks along the

James River in Buckingham County on Route 606. Outdoor adventures include

trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The James River offers

some great freshwater fishing along three miles of river frontage as well

as three fishing ponds.

Occoneechee State


1192 Occoneechee Park Road, Clarksville

(434) 374-2210

Occoneeche State Park is located on the 50,000 acre Buggs Island Lake

and also extends 39 miles up the Roanoke River. Explore 800 miles of wooded,

cove-studded shoreline. It’s yours to enjoy whether you like swimming,

fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, or boating. The park offers 89 campsites,

picnic areas, an ampitheater, wildlife areas, hiking trails and boat launches.

Water equipment rentals are available including kayaks, paddleboat, canoes,

skiis, wakeboards, tubes, ropes, bicycles and more.


Creek Battlefield State Park

788 Twin Lakes Road, Green Bay

(434) 392-3435

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 park

is located north of Farmville on Route 307. 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.


Mountain Lake State Park

1235 State Park Road, Huddleston

(540) 297-6066

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.

The park is on the north shore of the lake in Bedford County on Routed

626. Outdoor adventures include trails for hiking. Visitors can rent motorboats,

paddleboats and canoes, fish from boats or a fishing pier. The park’s

500-foot beach along the lake makes it a family favorite for swimming.


River State Park

1021 Fort Hill Drive, Randolph

(804) 454-4312

Staunton River State Park is 18 miles east of South Boston on Route 344.

It was named for Capt. Henry Staunton, who protected early settlers from

Indian attacks. Outdoor adventures include trails for hiking, biking and

horseback riding. The park has both a swimming pool and wading pool. Buggs

Island Lake nearby and Lake Gaston offers opportunities for freshwater

fishing and boating, including motor boats. Visitors can rent canoes,

kayaks and jonboats at River Traders just outside the park entrance.

Twin Lakes

State Park

788 Twin Lakes Rd, Green Bay

(434) 392-3435

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. It is located near Farmville on Route 629. Outdoor

adventures include a swimming beach on Prince Edward Lake and freshwater

fishing and boating on both lakes. Visitors can rent rowboats, paddleboats

and canoes. Trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding are provided

through the hardwood forest that surround the lakes.


Va. Department of Conservation and Recreation

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