Tucked neatly along the southern edge of the state of Virginia, about 25 miles from the North Carolina border, Staunton River State Park has much to offer families and outdoor enthusiasts. The 2,400-acre park provides tranquil beauty of natural woodlands, meadows and shoreline along the Dan and Staunton rivers.
The park offers several lodging options. Staunton River State Park offers cabins built in the 1930s as well as camping options. The campground offers 47 camping sites and can accommodate up to a 45-foot RV. The equestrian campground offers large campsites and horse stalls. Access to Virginia's largest lake, Buggs Island Lake, provides recreational offerings of freshwater fishing and boating, along with water skiing and many other aquatic activities. The park touts an Olympic-sized pool as well as wading pools, picnic shelters, three playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts, several boat launches and more than 17 miles of multi-use trails.
RV Rentals in Staunton River State Park
Transportation in Staunton River State Park
Staunton River State Park is 18 miles east of South Boston. Take U.S. 360 to Route 344. Follow Route 344 for ten miles to the park, located southeast of Scottsburg, Va.
Its address is 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, Va. 24589-9636.
From the north: Take U.S. 501 south to Halifax, Va. At intersection of U.S. 501 and state Route 360, turn left; go about eight miles. At intersection of state Route 360 and U.S. 360, go straight through the stoplight to Route 344. Travel 10 miles to the park entrance, which is southeast of Scottsburg, Va.
From the south: Take U.S. 501 north to South Boston, Va. At intersection of U.S. 501 and U.S. 58, turn right onto U.S. 58 east; go approximately one mile and turn left at stoplight onto U.S. 360; travel east on U.S. 360 approximately eight miles and turn right onto Route 344; go 10 miles to park entrance.
From the west: Take U.S. 58 east to the intersection of U.S. 58 and U.S. 360; turn left at stoplight onto U.S. 360; go east approximately eight miles and turn right onto Route 344; travel 10 miles to park entrance.
From the east: Take U.S. 360 west to Scottsburg, Va; at intersection of U.S. 360 with state Route 360 and Route 344, turn left at stoplight onto Route 344; travel 10 miles to park entrance.
Parking is available throughout the park. There is parking available near the swimming pools, the play area, the boat launch, and the equestrian day-use area.
Public transportation is not available within the park.
Campgrounds and parking in Staunton River State Park
Campsites in Staunton River State Park
Staunton River State Park
Staunton River State Park provides a tranquil space to reconnect with nature and partake in a variety of outdoor activities. Half the sites at the Staunton River State Park Campground may be specifically reserved; the rest are assigned upon arrival on a first-come first-served basis. All campsites have fire rings that can be used for campfires or cooking. Swimming and boat launching is free with overnight reservations. A coin operated laundry facility is available at the campground bathhouse which is heated and provides hot showers for camp guests.
Guests should note that there are no sewer hookups, but there is a dump station.
Total sites of each type: EW 45-ft, 4; EW 30-ft, 10; EW pop/tent, 20; Tent Std., 13
EW 30-ft - Electric and water hookups, various equipment up to 30 feet, bathhouse available.
EW Pop/Tent - Electric and water hookups, popup and tent campers up to 20 feet, bathhouse available.
EW 45-ft - Electric and water hookups, pull-through up to 45 feet, RVs only, bathhouse available.
Tent Std - Tents only, no hookups, bathhouse available.
Total campsites: 47
Seasonal activities in Staunton River State Park
Staunton River State Park in southern Virginia is a lovely place to slow down and enjoy nature. The park offers guests several options for fairly easy trails. Some trails that lead guests along the water where they can expect to see native birds and wildlife. Guests will find themselves walking along a mixture of mature maple, beech, and oak trees. River Bank Trail is six and a half-miles in length. It is a moderate trail. Guests can jump on a small connector trail that will deliver them to a point with an overlook of Buggs Island Lake. This is where the Staunton River and the Dan River merge. Sunsets here are breathtakingly beautiful. Staunton Rive State Park also offers a moderate two-and-a-half mile Twin Loops Trail and a short and easy River Bank Spur Trail which is an easy third of a mile walk.
Fishing and Boating
The Dan and Staunton rivers and Buggs Island Lake are famous for the number and size of native fish. Bass, bluegill, crappie and perch are plentiful here. Staunton River State Park also provides a boat launch for guests. A Buggs Island Special Pass that covers boat launching and parking for Occoneechee and Staunton River state parks is available. A valid Virginia fishing license is required. Guests may purchase a Virginia fishing license in the park's visitor center.
No boat rentals are available at Staunton River State Park. Guests must bring their own boats. Boat launching ramp is available. These facilities may not be accessible if the water level is too high or low. If your visit depends on the ability to launch your boat, please call the park in advance. Both motorized and non-motorized boats are permitted on Buggs Island.
Staunton River State Park offers both an Olympic-sized pool and a wading pool. Both pools are open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The larger pool has a 70-foot waterslide known as "the Moccasin" as well as a smaller log slide in the shallow end. The Pollywog Pond has a frog slide and many fun water toys for kids and toddlers. (Guests must be less than 45 inches tall to play in the Pollywog Pond.) The pool complex is open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and includes a bathhouse and concessions area. In-season, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the camping lodge.
Guests may rent the pool for after-hours use on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the visitor center for rental details.
Staunton River State Park offers guests the opportunity to enjoy disc golf in a lovely tranquil space. The course runs through various areas of the park. Most of the course runs along River Bank Trail, but it branches off in some places to provide some seclusion. Players may warm up at the park's practice basket or in nearby fields. The park’s visitor center rents and sells discs consigned by Off the Chains in South Boston, Virginia, and Dynamic Discs of Kansas.
Staunton River State Park provides multi-use trails for horseback riders. Although there are no horse rentals in the park or nearby, there are overnight facilities for horses at the park for guests that own their own horses. State law requires that visitors bringing their horses to Staunton River State Park carry a copy of a negative Coggins report with each horse brought to the park. Horses must be kept on designated trails and are not allowed on park roads, in camping areas or in day-use areas.
Staunton River State Park was designated as the 25th International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association in July 2015. The park hosts guided observing sessions monthly throughout the summer and sessions for special astronomical events throughout the year. The Chapel Hill Astronomical Observational Society has donated two Newtonian-reflector telescopes that may be rented at the visitor center. Use of the telescope, two lenses, a star map, printed instructions and hands-on tutorial by park staff come with rental.
Staunton River State Park partners with the Chapel Hill Astronomical Observational Society to hosts the Staunton River Star Party every March and October. Registration for this event is required. Staunton River State Park also hosts a free event each Saturday night during the event.
Space in a field next the visitor center is available year-round for star gazing.