Surrounded by land that was once dubbed "Gold Hill," Lake Anna State Park is an outdoor activists' dream, featuring amazing views of tall trees and lush green grass. Located in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and 25 miles southwest of Fredericksburg, this state park is a must for your next RV excursion. You'll have numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation in a unique reservoir setting. From hiking and biking to horseback riding and nature programs, Lake Anna State Park offers a vast amount of outdoor adventures.
The tree field areas around Lake Anna State Park are breathtaking with 3,127 acres and 10 miles of lakefront views. Learn about how the area was a mining destination in the 1800s and how the park was developed while you explore the natural surroundings.
Once you park your camper at Lake Anna State Park you can head out to one of 12 hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate. Gold Hill is a three-mile hiking trail that takes you along the areas where gold was discovered many years ago. If you wish for a more relaxed, easy stroll then take the one-mile Fisherman's Trail that runs along the lake shore. Lake Anna State Park is a great RV destination no matter when you visit, with sun-filled summer days and crisp cool winters.
RV Rentals in Lake Anna State Park
Transportation in Lake Anna State Park
Lake Anna State Park is easily accessible by RV or car, since it's adjacent to Route 601, off of Route 208. It's just 25 miles southwest of Fredericksburg and 60 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia. Local roads take you to all the places you want to go in the park, from the Visitor Center and Day-Use areas to the campgrounds and trailheads.
There are numerous options for parking RVs and trailers, with three lots located throughout the park. You'll be able to find spots near the day use facilities, boat launch, and equestrian trail entrance. If you are staying overnight, there is parking at the campground. If you prefer walking after you park at the day use facilities, walking to the visitor center or boat launch is easy.
The parking area near the beach and picnic areas gets busy during the summer months and the park will close park roads until enough parking spots have been vacated. There are no other driving restrictions for RVs or trailers, so getting around will be easy, whether you are in your rig or another vehicle.
Campgrounds and parking in Lake Anna State Park
Campsites in Lake Anna State Park
Lake Anna State Park Campground
Lake Anna State Park offers 46 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents from March through December. The campsites are divided into Nonspecific and Site Specific sites. Some of the campsites provide access to electricity and water. Amenities at this campground include hot showers and restrooms. Each site has a gravel pad, picnic table, a lantern holder, and a steel fire-ring that can be used for campfires and cooking. You will be close to nature trails and recreational facilities. Most sites provide shade under scenic forest views. There is no generator use allowed and quiet time is observed from 10 p.m. through 8 a.m. The maximum length for trailers and RVs is 60 feet. You can stay for up to 14 days in a 30 day period. If you prefer you can stay a cabin or lodge as well. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.
First-Come, First Served
There are no first come, first served campgrounds at this state park.
Seasonal activities in Lake Anna State Park
If you are a water lover, you will enjoy the guarded swimming beach at Lake Anna State Park. This swimming beach is open Memorial Day to Labor Day, offering a snack bar and bathhouse. There is a fee to utilize the beach. If a lifeguard is not available, you may swim in the designated area at your own risk. Swimming is not allowed anywhere else in the park. The parking facilities fill up quickly here and at times the park closes the park road until there have been enough spots vacated.
Have a birthday party or other special event occurring while you are staying at Lake Anna State Park campgrounds? Perfect, since there are two small shelters available for rent during April through October, equipped with grills and restroom facilities. The picnic shelters are available with reservations, although they are open on a first-come, first-served basis during certain times of the year. Keep in mind that if your event occurs on a holiday weekend, Lake Anna State Park does not rent shelters during this time frame due to limited parking and large crowds. Be cautious and have all of your party with you, because if parking gets full, the park closes park road until enough spots have been vacated.
Panning for Gold
If you've ever wanted to be a miner 49er, then Lake Anna State Park is where you want to be. Start out with a guided tour of the Goodwin gold mine, learning all about its rich history, and then try your hand at panning for gold in the stream located next to it. The historical adventure has a small fee but you will come away learning so much about gold mining.
Exploring Historic Ruins
Lake Anna State Park features remains of a Pigeon Plantation just waiting to be explored during your RV adventure trip. You'll start out hiking on one of the trails and just end up at the Pigeon Plantation where you will also be able to see a well-preserved standing smoke house. This plantation goes back to the 1800s and offers a marker to explain how Virginia hams are still made the same way today. There are also pictures of the layout of the actual plantation along with its history.
Seeing the Visitor's Center
If you want to learn more about the history of he park, park your rig at the Visitor Center and check out the cool exhibits inside. There are displays you can walk through at the Visitor Center that will teach you all about the gold history, cultural history, and native animals residing in the park. You will also get to ask park rangers any questions you may have about the park or the animals that make their home here.
Taking Goodwin Gold Mine Tours
For the avid adventurist and historian, the rangers at Lake Anna State Park offer guided tours of the Goldwin Gold Mine. Getting to the gold mine involves some walking so ensure those comfortable shoes are in your rig. You will start out on the flat Mill pond trail and travel to a feeder that is on the large lake in the area, where the ranger will let you know this is where Hailey's Mill stood. Next, you will trek along the Pigeon Run Trail and along a road that goes into the quiet forest and crosses over a stream. The final leg brings you to the gold mine, but you will travel a long way back up the road before you actually reach the gold mine in the forest. You will be able to explore the trenches of the gold mine, along with the ruins as you learn about the historical significance it brings to Lake Anna State Park.