Powhatan

State Park - Virginia

Powhatan State Park is located along the James River in Powhatan County, Virginia. The park has about 7.3-mile (11.7 km) of multi-use (hiking, biking, horse riding) trails through a number of diverse habitats including field edge, upland pine and mature hardwoods. The trails provide opportunities for viewing wildlife. Equestrian parking is now open and horses are welcome on several trails. The park has about 2.5-mile (4.0 km) of James River waterfront accessible by a canoe slide launch. Fishing access to the river bank is limited because of high bluffs. Visitors launching a canoe or kayak from the park may enjoy a 5-mile float down river to the Maidens boat launch.

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Visitor Map of Powhatan State Park (SP) in Virginia. Published by Virginia State Parks.Powhatan - Visitor Map

Visitor Map of Powhatan State Park (SP) in Virginia. Published by Virginia State Parks.

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Trail Guide for Powhatan State Park (SP) in Virginia. Published by Virginia State Parks.Powhatan - Trails

Trail Guide for Powhatan State Park (SP) in Virginia. Published by Virginia State Parks.

Travel Guide for Central Virginia. Published by Virginia Tourism.Virginia State - Central Virginia

Travel Guide for Central Virginia. Published by Virginia Tourism.

Brochure of Virginia State Parks. Published by Virginia State Parks.Virginia State - Virginia State Parks

Brochure of Virginia State Parks. Published by Virginia State Parks.

Features & Stories of the Travel Guide for Virginia. Published by Virginia Tourism.Virginia State - Virginia Travel Guide

Features & Stories of the Travel Guide for Virginia. Published by Virginia Tourism.

Powhatan SP https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/powhatan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powhatan_State_Park Powhatan State Park is located along the James River in Powhatan County, Virginia. The park has about 7.3-mile (11.7 km) of multi-use (hiking, biking, horse riding) trails through a number of diverse habitats including field edge, upland pine and mature hardwoods. The trails provide opportunities for viewing wildlife. Equestrian parking is now open and horses are welcome on several trails. The park has about 2.5-mile (4.0 km) of James River waterfront accessible by a canoe slide launch. Fishing access to the river bank is limited because of high bluffs. Visitors launching a canoe or kayak from the park may enjoy a 5-mile float down river to the Maidens boat launch.
WELCOME TO POWHATAN STATE PARK. To make your visit safe and more pleasant, we ask that you observe the following: Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Park in designated areas only. Please note there is a parking fee charged year-round at all Virginia State Parks. Honor parking information is found at the park entrance. PRESERVE - Help preserve your park. Please don’t cut or mar any plants or trees. Collecting animal or plant life is allowed only for scientific purposes by permit from the Richmond headquarters. Don’t feed any wild animals. ALCOHOL - State law permits alcohol use only in private areas (inside your cabin or camping unit) or in areas designated on permits issued by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. PETS - Pets are permitted in enclosed areas or on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Please clean up after your pet. Pets must be attended at all times. DRONES AND OTHER AIRCRAFT - Drones, other unmanned aerial vehicles, including remote control aircraft, and aircraft in general may not be flown in state parks pursuant to 4VAC5-30-400. LITTER - Please help us keep the park clean by placing litter and recyclables in the proper receptacles and recycle centers or carrying out your trash. The releasing of balloons is not allowed. Decorative balloons must be deflated and disposed of as trash. FIRE - Help prevent wildfires. Fires must be confined to grills, camp stoves or designated fire rings. Fires must be attended at all times and extinguished when left. Firewood is generally available for purchase at the park. Campers and guests may collect only down and dead firewood. We enforce all seasonal and emergency bans on open fires. POLLUTION - Help reduce pollution. Dump stations, laundry sinks and slop sinks, where available, are for the proper disposal of wastewater. Please, no boat, RV or car washing. QUIET HOURS - Quiet hours are between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The use of generators is prohibited at all times. CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT POLICY Camping: Check-in 4 p.m. Check-out 1 p.m. In many cases, campers may be accommodated prior to the official check-in. Please remember that only those 18 or older may register. The registrant is responsible for all occupants of the campsite or cabin. Feel free to arrive early and enjoy park amenities prior to check-in. Overnight guests are encouraged to be familiar with the early departure policy since it impacts any refund due. The policy and frequently asked questions are here: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/faq. CAMPING - Camping is allowed only in designated campgrounds and only after following the proper check-in procedure described in the Reservation and Fees Guide available at the park office. Campsite occupancy is a maximum of six people or the number of people in a single household. Two camping units are allowed per campsite; only one axled camper is allowed per site. All camping units, equipment and vehicles must be placed within the perimeter of the designated campsite without infringing on adjoining campsites or vegetation. Where high-impact areas are designated, all camping units, equipment and vehicles must be within the area’s defined borders. Park in designated areas only. PARKING - Only two motor vehicles, as well as the SWIMMING - There are no designated swimming areas. FISHING - A Virginia freshwater fishing license is PARK ACCESSIBILITY - We strive to make each park as GUESTS - Your guests are our guests. For everyone’s safety and security, please register all visitors with the park office. Visitors will not be admitted to camping areas unless so identified. Visitors are permitted only between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Parks or to make a cabin or campsite reservation, call 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks. gov. The Customer Service Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on all state holidays. Virginia State Parks Powhatan State Park TRAIL GUIDE VIRGINIA STATE PARKS ARE A TONIC FOR THE MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT. Museums, visitor centers and nearby historic sites make state parks cultural treasures. The recreational opportunities in state parks are endless and easy to see – from swimming and boating to horseshoes and hiking, there’s always something to do in a Virginia State Park. camping unit, are permitted on a campsite without incurring additional fees. All vehicles must be parked in designated areas. Primitive and hike-in sites may have specific parking restrictions. The maximum overnight stay per park is 14 days in any 30-day period. required. INFORMATION - For more information on Virginia State barrier-free as possible. Universally accessible facilities are available throughout Virginia State Parks. EMERGENCY - Emergency phone numbers are posted at contact stations and other places in the park. For more information, visit www.virginiastateparks.gov or contact the park office. 4616 Powhatan State Park Road Powhatan, Virginia 23139 804-598-7148 powhatan@dcr.virginia.gov W
CENTRAL VIRGINIA Quirk Hotel—Richmond PERFORM The show must go on at the renovated Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg! Embracing the culture and diversity of the community, the Academy highlights the rich history of the 1905 theatre along with modern-day amenities. With live performances, films, concerts and more, you’ll not only feel good about supporting a local treasure, but get an authentic experience at one of the 20th century’s most prominent and well-attended theatres in Central Virginia. Afterwards, grab a drink and take in the sweeping city views at the Skyline Grill, located on the rooftop of the beautiful Virginian Hotel. CENTRAL VIRGINIA R O B E RT R U S S A M O T O N M U S E U M ( FA R M V I L L E ) : M I K E M E R G E N / V E RT I A S V I N E YA R D ( A F T O N ) : S A R A H H A U S E R CRAFT 98 TO D D W R I G H T Located right in the heart of the state, CENTRAL VIRGINIA is an easy drive from beaches, mountains and Washington, D.C. From vibrant small towns to the bustling state capital, this region teems with creative energy, passionate makers, local love and rich history. And as the landscape transitions from urban riverfronts to rolling hills to mountain-top vistas, you’ll also find a wide array of outdoor experiences and a diverse abundance of locally sourced cuisine. Crafting is no longer limited to painting and papier-mâché. Pair beautiful views with craft beverages along the Nelson 29 Craft Beverage Trail. The trail features a barrel house, four wineries and a distillery in the heart of Virginia’s most refreshing retreat. With additional dining and unique lodging options, like Orchard House Bed & Breakfast, craft beverage lovers can enjoy an ideal getaway with family and friends on the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge. Or, hop aboard a Crozet Trolley Tour to explore 13 wineries, breweries and cideries along the nearby Nelson 151 Trail. REDISCOVER Some of Virginia’s most iconic sites are telling a more comprehensive story, bringing to light the lives and experiences of their enslaved communities. Discover Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello from a new perspective – along Mulberry Row, the hub of Jefferson’s plantation, and in the exhibit The Life of Sally Hemings; Hemings not only bore several of Jefferson’s children but negotiated their freedom as well. Nearby is James Monroe’s Highland, where you can tour the restored slave quarters, experiencing the stories of the home through the voices of many. And James Madison’s Montpelier is home to the emotional and proactive exhibition The Mere Distinction of Colour, featuring artifacts, artwork and stories told by living descendants of the enslaved. Robert Russa Moton Museum—Farmville Veritas Vineyard—Afton EXPERIENCE In Richmond, our state’s capital, visitors seeking arts and culture need look no further than the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Peruse 35,000 pieces of art from around the world, including the new “Rumors of War,” a powerful monumental sculpture designed by Kehinde Wiley. Plus, enjoy curated food and spirits in their onsite restaurant, Amuse, or take a class in design or photography. Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute of Contemporary Art also features rotating exhibitions of interactive art to get your creative fix. Afterwards, stroll the Fan and other neighborhoods for gorgeous murals by local artists. As a hub for entertainment, Richmond also hosts a multitude of live musical talent, from local bands to award-winning and world-renowned visiting artists. CELEBRATE Explore the stories of those who blazed the trail for Civil Rights in education and beyond. Begin at the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville, where a student strike in 1951 led to the hallmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954. In nearby Lynchburg, the Legacy Museum of African American History celebrates the African American experience in the region, including historic impacts on education. Then head to Richmond to view the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on Capitol Square, featuring 16-yearold Barbara Rose Johns, leader of the Moton High School walkout. While you’re near, visit the Maggie Walker National Historic Site, which honors the first female bank president in America, and the Black History Museum and Cultural Center in Jackson Ward, once the “Harlem of the South.” VIRGINIA .ORG 99 q u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y $ D P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED I s W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT ARRINGTON Madison Fitzgerald Farms 4850 Tye Brook Hwy., 434-277-8047; fitzgeraldfarms.com. PickYour-Own Pumpkins during the season.
Environmental Education Virginia State Parks are premier environmental education sites. Schools, scouts, groups and individuals are encouraged to come learn more about their world. Backyard Classroom programs, incorporating Virginia’s Standards of Learning, promote lifelong learning. They also help young people enjoy, appreciate and understand the outdoors. Programs & Festivals Master new outdoor cooking recipes. Pan for gold or tour a cave. Learn or improve outdoor skills. Enjoy a rangerled hike, eagle tour or owl prowl. Workshops and events are as diverse as the parks. VIRGINIA Discounts Virginia State Parks are affordable every day, but annual passes can save you money on parking, boat launching and swimming. The Customer Loyalty Program lets you earn points that can be redeemed for free or discounted overnight stays. STATE PARKS You can also receive a 25 percent discount on weekend cabins if you make a reservation on Thursday or Friday, based on availability. Just ask for the discount on the phone when you make the reservation. Park Accessibility Virginia State Parks strive to make each park as barrier-free as possible. Contact the Customer Service Center or individual parks for more information before your trip. Pets Pets are welcome but must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet or in an enclosed area at all times. Cabin guests are charged $10 plus tax per night per pet. No pet fee is charged for camping. There’s plenty of history, too. Immerse yourself in Colonial times, the Civil War or the Underground Railroad. When it comes to festivals, you’ll find music, arts and crafts, local food and beverage, classic cars and more. Up-to-theminute, comprehensive information is available at www.virginiastateparks.gov. Nature & History All parks have trails, many with signs explaining the environment. Wander trails at First Landing through cypress swamps or hike Caledon’s trails along ridges and ravines through rare oldgrowth forest. Overlooks at Hungry Mother, Grayson Highlands and Natural Tunnel offer a glimpse of powerful geological forces that shaped the land. See how rivers shaped some parks, such as Belle Isle, James River, Natural Bridge, Powhatan and Westmoreland. www.virginiastateparks.gov | 800-933-PARK (7275) www.virginiastateparks.gov Shenandoah River Seven Bends Sky Meadows 540-622-6840 540-622-6840 540-592-3556 CT • CT • Douthat 540-862-8100 T Natural Bridge 540-291-1326 Smith Mountain Lake 540-297-6066 • 540-854-5503 703-730-8205 703-339-2385 540-288-1400 • B/E/H • B/H • B/E/H/U VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS • • FP • • • • B/E/H H • FP • • B/H • • • B/E/H/U • H/U NORTHERN VIRGINIA Lake Anna Leesylvania Mason Neck Widewater • • • FP CT • • • • B/H/U • • • UD CT CHESAPEAKE BAY Belle Isle Caledon Machicomoco Westmoreland 804-462-5030 540-663-3861 804-642-2419 804-493-8821 • • • B/E/H/U • • B/H • CT • • FP • B/H • FP • P B/H/U COASTAL Chippokes Plantation False Cape­­­­ First Landing York River 757-294-3728 757-426-7128 757-412-2300 757-566-3036 • • P B/E/H/U • • B/H/U • • • B/H • • • FP • • B/E/H/U EASTERN SHORE Photo courtesy Jackie Jamison Kiptopeke CENTRAL VIRGINIA Bear Creek Lake­ High Bridge Trail Holliday Lake James River Pocahontas Powhatan Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Twin Lakes (Cedar Crest Conference Center) Boa t La unc h Boa t Re nta ls Fish in g Day Use O nl y Play grou nds Swi mm in g Trai ls BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDS SHENANDOAH VALLEY 757-331-2267 • • • FP • • H/U/B 804-492-4410 434-315-0457 434-248-6308 434-933-4355 804-796-4255 804-598-7148 804-561-7510 434-392-3435 434-767-2398 T • • • • B/E/H T • • • • • • • • T • • • • • CT • • 540-643-2500 276-579-7092 276-781-7400 276-781-7425 276-699-6778 276-699-6778 • • • FP • • • T • • • CT • • • • B/H/U B/E/H • B/H/U B/E/H/U • SOUTHERN VIRGINIA Fairy Stone Occoneechee Staunton River Battlefield Staunton River 276-930-2424 434-374-2210 434-454-4312 434-572-4623 T • • • 276-865-4413 276-254-5487 276-940-2674 276-940-2696 276-523-1322 276-445-3065 T • • • • • • • B/E/H • B/H/U • • P B/E/H • • P B/E/H HEART OF APPALACHIA Breaks Interstate Clinch River Natural Tunnel (Cove Ridge Conference Center) Southwest Virginia Museum Wilderness Road CT • • • • B/H • P B/H/U H/U • B/E/H TABLE LEGEND­­­: B Biking CT Car-top Boat Launch E Equestrian FP Fishing Pier H Hiking P Pool Swimming T Electric Motors Only U Universally Accessible UD Under Development B/E/H B/E/H/U P • B/E/H/U B/E/H H • • Many parks offer overnight facilities suitable for reunions, weddings and special events. Some parks even have equestrian campsites. B/E/H/U B/E/H/U • T Claytor Lake Grayson Highlands Hungry Mother (Hemlock Haven Conference Center) New River Trail Shot Tower With lodges, cabins, yurts and campsites, the fun doesn’t end at sundown. Many cabins are available year-round, and most campgrounds ar
Hotel Weyanoke—Farmville Small Towns, Local charm, cozy curios and open arms make these small towns in Virginia worth exploring. Character WRITTEN BY MARY & BILL BURNHAM T KYLE LAFERRIERE 10 he phrase “small town” evokes nostalgia, authenticity and heartfeltwarmth in many of us. What’s not to love? They are authentic, accessible, friendly and stocked with locally-owned businesses. These are communities where you can get off the crowded highway, park the car and walk, ride a bike or even kayak through downtown. Small, family-run businesses offer one-of- a-kind handmade items, from jewelry and art to craft beers and wine. Farmers markets offer locally-grown produce and seafood spring through fall. With almost 200 incorporated towns, dozens more villages and hamlets, plus nearly 30 designated Virginia Main Street Communities, the hard part is deciding which Virginia towns to visit. VIRGINIA .ORG 11 Here are some of our favorites, d ending starting in southwest Virginia, an metown with a shameless plug for our ho on the Eastern Shore. High Bridge Trail State Park—Farmville Harrisonburg Big Stone Gap 12 Farmville HIGH BRIDGE TRAIL STATE PARK (FARMVILLE): ALI ZAMAN / SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA MUSEUM (BIG STONE GAP): JASON BARNETTE June Tolliver House and Art Folk Center—Big Stone Gap Southwest Virginia Museum—Big Stone Gap JUNE TOLLIVER HOUSE (BIG STONE GAP): TIM COX Southwest Virginia’s coal-mining history comes to life in the “Trail of the Lonesome Pine,” Virginia’s longest-running outdoor drama, performed Thursday through Saturday nights, late June through August. Before you go, be sure to read the Big Stone Gap novels by Adriana Trigiani, or watch the Hollywood film by the same name starring Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg. Upon arrival, you can visit places featured in the film, such as Mutual Pharmacy, the Book Mobile, the Farmers Market, as well as the outdoor drama. Fine, well-preserved period homes house The John Fox Jr. Museum, the Southwest Virginia Museum and the June Tolliver House. Cozy B&Bs, cafes and a variety of antique and curio shops round out this small town gem. Fun Festival: 100th annual Tri State Singing Convention, June This formerly industrial town has been reinvented for recreation, craft beverage and shopping lovers. The Appomattox River that once carried tobacco barges is now a designated Scenic River carrying paddlers in search of whitewater or the calmer four-mile Farmville Blueway. The railroad that once carried coal now carries hikers, bikers and equestrians on the 30-mile-long High Bridge Trail State Park. Repurposed tobacco packing houses and lumber warehouses are reincarnated to house Appomattox River Company, Green Front Furniture and the Third Street Brewing Company, serving up local beer, live music, games for the kids and a pet-friendly beer garden. Together with the Virginia Tasting Cellar and the soon-to-open second location of James River Brewing, Farmville is fast becoming a destination for craft beverage lovers. Fun Festival: Heart of Virginia Festival, May Set amidst the vast playground of the idyllic Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg has been called “one of the best mountain bike towns in America” by National Geographic. Forward-thinking entrepreneurs and artisans have blended the past with the present to create a lively melting pot that is distinctive to this college town. Named Virginia’s first Culinary District in 2014, Harrisonburg’s cultural diversity serves up fare from around the world, while taking advantage of locallysourced farm-to-table ingredients. Food. Bar.Food features “global comfort food,” while a mother-daughter team creates soulsoothing pastries at Heritage Bakery & Café. The arts scene is equally diverse, epitomized by the Agora Downtown Market, a community of small businesses under one roof in an historic building. Named for James Madison, fourth president and the “Father of the Constitution,” are the stunning Hotel Madison and James Madison University (JMU), where nearly 20,000 students lend a youthful vitality to this historic town. Fun Festival: Harrisonburg International Festival, September VIRGINIA .ORG 13 Within Virginia’s larger cities, find pockets of uniqueness that make you feel like you’re in a small town! ROANOKE’S HISTORIC GRANDIN VILLAGE This walkable urban village is eclectic and family-friendly at the same time. Spend Saturday morning at the Community Market, dine on an outdoor patio, shop independentlyowned boutiques and take in a first-run or classic film at the 1930s Grandin Theatre. RICHMOND’S SCOTT’S ADDITION One of the hottest, newly revitalized neighborhoods in the state capital. Warehouses converted to breweries, cideries and distilleries, bold street murals, a cinema and a retro bowling alley make this a happening night scene. Immerse yourself in Virginia’s Lake Country at Virginia’s only lakeside town. Buggs Island Lake, also known as Kerr Reservoir, draws anglers to dozens of fishing tournaments yearl

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