Only 20 miles from downtown Richmond, the capital of Virginia, Pocahontas State Park has been one of the more popular parks in the state park system. Many various activities, including biking, hiking, picnicking, swimming, camping and family-friendly nature programs, await guests. Swift Creek Reservoir and Beaver Lake offer visitors a chance for excellent wildlife viewing and fishing.
Park size: 7,950 acres - the largest Virginia State Park. Swift Creek Lake: 150 acres. Beaver Lake: 24 acres.
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), this was the first recreational park in the Richmond-Petersburg-Hopewell area. The National Park Service donated the facility to Virginia State Parks in 1946, making it the largest Virginia state park with more than 7,950 acres and two small lakes. The area was renamed Pocahontas State Park and Pocahontas State Forest and was operated under a cooperative management arrangement with the Department of Forestry. In 1989 a new master plan, funded jointly by the Commonwealth of Virginia and Chesterfield County, called for expansion of park facilities to accommodate the large urban population surrounding the park. Today the entire area is operated as Pocahontas State Park.
The park is named after Pocahontas, the famed daughter of Chief Powhatan, who was ruler over the tribes in the Powhatan Confederacy of the Algonquin Nation. Legend has it that she saved Captain John Smith’s life when he was held captive by the Powhatan Confederacy. Pocahontas, known at the time of her death as Lady Rebecca Rolfe, died in London from an undetermined illness.
Virginia State Parks are great places to discover and reconnect with the wild world. Bring a camera and share your captures with the world. But please don't disturb or get too close to the animals. The park is, after all, their home.
Hiking, biking, bridle trails. Pocahontas State Park offers five miles of hiking trails around Beaver Lake, a five mile bicycle trail and a trail accessible for persons with disabilities. In addition, numerous trails accessible to hikers and bicyclists wind through the surrounding woodlands. There are also approximately nine miles of bridle trails. The park also has several single-track mountain bike trails ranging from easy to difficult levels.
In Chesterfield County, about 20 miles from Richmond. It's easily accessible from Interstate 95, Route 288 and Route 360. See below for detailed directions.
Drive Time: Northern Virginia, two hours; Richmond, half an hour; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, two hours; Roanoke, three hours
From Interstate 95 south of Richmond: Take exit 61 onto Route 10 west, then left onto Route 655 (Beach Road). Go about four miles to State Park Road, which is on the right.
From Interstate 95 north of Richmond: Take Interstate 295 south to Route 10 west (Iron Bridge Road) to Route 655 (Beach Road) to State Park Road.
From 64 west of Richmond: Take Route 288 south to Route 10 east (Iron Bridge Road) to Route 655 (Beach Road) to State Park Road.
From 64 east of Richmond: Take Interstate 295 south to Route 10 west to Route 655 (Beach Road) to State Park Road.
Richmond Area - Edgar Allan Poe Museum and Old Stone House, Wilton House Museum, St. John’s Church, Maymont Park, Richmond International Raceway, Museum and White House of Confederacy, Monument Avenue, Executive Mansion, Capitol Square, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum of Virginia, Valentine Museum, Colonial Downs, Historic Chesterfield Museum Complex (includes Magnolia Grange and Chesterfield County Museum), Hollywood Cemetery, the historic James River, Richmond and Petersburg National Park system, Tredegar Iron Works, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, Berkeley Plantation, Shirley Plantation. The park is less than 90 minutes from historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg. Also, visit www.chesterfieldtourism.com for a list of attractions near the park. You'll find Ironbridge Sports Park nearby, which has a driving range, miniature golf, batting cages and more. Beaver Hollow Farm, which has guided equestrian trail rides and lessons, is close to the park. Also, nearby Brandywine Farms offers equestrian trail rides, pony rides, boarding, summer camps, hunting lessons and more.
Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832-6355