Top Rated Virginia State Parks

Top Rated Virginia State Parks
Virginia has 35 amazing state parks spread throughout the incredible landscape that provide adventures and activities for visitors. Discover different regions of the state while hiking, biking, mountain climbing or taking advantage of the numerous water sports offered. Staying overnight is possible as many of the top-rated Virginia state parks offer tent camping, full-hookup campsites and cabins.

Douthat State Park

Douthat State Park is situated in the Shenandoah Valley Region of northwest Virginia and is one of the original six state parks that opened in 1936. Encompassing 4,493 acres of the Allegheny Mountains with a 50-acre lake, Douthat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, since its layout has been used in parks all over the country. The lake is centered in the park with facilities going both north and southwest of it. Park services include campsites, lodges, cabins, marina, amphitheater, horse stables, boat launch and activities like hiking, biking trails, swimming, water sports, fishing and boat tours. Stop by the Visitor Center to get all the latest information on Douthat state park.

Douthat State Park
14239 Douthat State Park Road
Millboro, VA 24460
(504) 862 -- 8100
(504) 862 -- 8104 (Fax)
(540) 862-8117 (Visitor specialist)
(800) 933-PARK (Reservations)
douthat@dcr.virginia.gov
dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/dou.shtml

First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park is the most popular of all parks and contains 2,888 acres for you to explore. Bought in 1933 and dedicated as one of the first parks in Virginia in 1936, First Landing is both historical and scenic. Find it positioned on the southeast side of Virginia in the Hampton Roads Region in Virginia Beach. Choose from activities like kayaking, fishing, boating, swimming, biking or hiking on the 19 miles of natural trails. Accommodations includes cabins and camping and other highlights consist of the Chesapeake Bay Center that has aquariums, educational displays, historic exhibits, amphitheater and visitor center.


First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 412-2300
(800) 933-PARK (Reservations)
firstlanding@dcr.virginia.gov
dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/fir.shtml

Pocahontas State Park

Travelers to central Virginia should make a stop at Pocahontas State Park, one of the top-rated state parks found a mere 20 miles from Richmond. Travel on 58 miles of trails spread throughout the 7,724 acres of the park and observe a range of wildlife and surroundings. Outdoor activities on the lakes and trails found here include biking, hiking, horseback riding, freshwater fishing, boating, swimming, a water park along with boat rentals. Park highlights consist of an Aqua Center, amphitheater, nature and history programs plus the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. Park accommodations include cabins and campsites.

Pocahontas State Park
10301 State Park Road
Chesterfield, VA 23838
(804) 796-4255
(800) 933-PARK (Reservations)
Pocahontas@dcr.virginia.gov
dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/poc.shtml

Article Written By Diane Dilov-Schultheis

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.

FREE UPDATES

Subscribe

We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.