Pocahontas State Park
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Introduction

Pocahontas State Park lies only 20 miles from Richmond, Virginia and is made up of 7,925 acres of lush and natural land. This overwhelming beautiful state park offers over 64 miles of trails and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation including biking, swimming, and boating. You can fish on the three lakes located at the park or splash in the water at the Aquatic Center, which features several pools and water slides. You can enjoy a concert at the amphitheater or visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. The summer is the peak time of year to visit the park, bringing warm, sunny days, typically in the 80s. An RV trip to the park during the colder months is also pleasant as winters are relatively mild, with temperatures in the 40s or 50s.

The park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and during World War II, it served as a recreational area for soldiers. When the National Park Service donated the area to Virginia State Parks, it became the largest state park in Virginia. But you’re probably wondering where this park got its name. It was actually based on a contest where teens from the local high schools made name suggestions for a $25 war bond prize. The winner, Nancy Roberts from Thomas Dale High School, suggested Pocahontas Memorial State Park and won, although they dropped the “memorial” part of the name. This park is the perfect place to bring your RV for an awesome family vacation. You’ll never get bored here, and you’ll definitely want to come back again.

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Transportation in Pocahontas State Park

Driving

Getting to Pocahontas State Park is easy and you can reach it by taking either Interstate 95, Route 288, or Route 360, depending on which direction you’re coming from. The park is also very RV friendly, so you should have no problems navigating even the largest of RVs through the park.

Parking

You should have no problem finding available parking here in the park, so you can make your way through the park all in your RV, if you wish. If parking is limited, there is always overflow parking available for your RV to use, so you won’t have to worry at all.

Public Transport

Campgrounds and parking in Pocahontas State Park

Campsites in Pocahontas State Park

Reservations camping

The Campground at Pocahontas State Park

Pocahontas State Park has the perfect campground for RV campers. There are over 100 sites to choose from, and each site offers 20 and 30 amp electrical hookups and water hookups. Some sites even have 50 amp hookups. All sites also allow RVs up to 40 feet in length. If your RV is over 40 feet, you can stay at what is referred to as a buddy site. These buddy sites are designed for larger groups, but they can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet long. Keep in mind that at all of these sites, there are no sewer hookups. There are hot showers and bathrooms located nearby though, and you’ll also have some other amenities right at your site, for your convenience. This includes a picnic table, grill, and lantern holder at each site. A camp store is also located nearby. You’ll have everything you’ll need for an amazing RV camping trip when you come stay at Pocahontas State Park. Keep in mind that sites are either paved or have gravel ground. Most sites are pretty level, so you shouldn't run into trouble parking your rig. You can choose between an open, shaded, or partially shaded site. Reservations can be made from one day to 11 months in advance.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served

There are no first-come, first-served campgrounds at this state park.

Alternate camping

Yurts and Cabins

If you’re looking for something a little different or nicer than your usual RV camp setup, you can stay at one of the four yurts or six cabins located here at Pocahontas State Park. Yurts are like a cross between staying in a tent and a cabin. Both the yurts and cabins are fairly primitive with no heating and air. You’ll also need to bring your own linens and use the campground bathrooms and showers when staying here. When deciding how you want to camp, keep in mind that in order to make reservations to stay in a cabin or yurt, you’ll need to reserve at least two nights. Yurts can be rented from March until December. You can bring up to two vehicles to the cabins and yurts, which can be really convenient. The yurts also have a nice patio deck furnished with a table and chairs, making for the perfect spot to enjoy the tranquility of being secluded and one with nature.

Seasonal activities in Pocahontas State Park

In-Season

Seeing a Show

Pocahontas State Park has an incredible amphitheater that seats 350 people, but holds 2000 by allowing people to find a spot on the grassy hill. It’s called the Heritage Amphitheater and there’s always something amazing going on here. From concerts to plays, there’s entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Check with the rangers for what events are going on during your stay.

Picnicking

If you’re looking for a great spot to have a celebration or maybe even a family reunion, you’ll find it here at Pocahontas State Park. There are 7 pavilions to choose from, and they are divided by size. There are small pavilions and big ones and you can rent out whichever one you think will work best for your group. You can also enjoy a quiet picnic at the many picnic tables located around the park.

Boating

If you’ve brought your own boat, you can get into Beaver Lake with the concrete boat ramp that is provided. Just make sure that your boat is electric and not gas-powered. You can also rent smaller boats like canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, row boats, and even stand-up paddle boards from the park, if you want to try them. You'll love getting out of the camper and onto the waters of the scenic lakes at at the park.

Fishing

There two lakes that you can fish at here in the park, and they are Swift Creek and Beaver lakes. You’ll need a fishing license before heading out, but luckily you can get this from the park. Fishing can be a great way to sit back, relax, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Swimming

This park has an Aquatic Recreation Center that is filled with all kinds of fun water activities. There’s so much more here than your ordinary swimming pool. There are multiple swimming pools - one is even for toddlers and another is for certain activities. If you're RVing with the kids they will love jumping down the water slides. There is also a fountain wet deck for kids to play in. The fun is never-ending here.

Off-Season

Hiking

There are miles and miles of trails here at the park for you to discover. Many of these are multi-use trails for bicyclers and horseback riders as well, but there are five and a half miles set aside for hikers only. There’s even trails that are wheelchair accessible, so there is something for everyone to enjoy here.

Touring the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

The Civilian Conservation Corps are were the first ones to work on this park, so there is a lot of history to discover. The museum here is dedicated to them and all the hard work they’ve gone through to help others out and provide the United States with a wonderful state park system that we all get to enjoy. This a great way to be able to learn a thing or two about how the park came to be.

Visiting the Environmental Education Center

The Environmental Education Center is made up of the Nature Center and Discovery Center. Here, you can learn about the wildlife of the park and see various plant and animal displays. There is even an interactive playground for kids and a virtual reality ride that you can check out when you visit.

Horseback Riding

You are more than welcome to bring your horse with you to the park for the day, and there are over 13 miles of trails that you can ride on. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to keep your horse here overnight, but this park is a great place to bring your horse for the day. You can enjoy scenic views of the lakes all from horseback.

Biking

There is an abundance of biking trails here so you can get out of the camper and coast along the majestic scenery on your bike. Biking is very popular at this park, but if you come during the off-season, you’ll be more likely to be able to enjoy it all to yourself. This is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air.

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