National Parks / Natural World
Pocahontas State Park Chesterfield
Where is it at?
Pocahontas State Park
10301 State Park Road
Where are we going today?
If it's a lovely day outside, why would you ever stay inside! A great excuse to get out, is Pocahontas State Park! It's only 20 miles from Richmond, and offers families an amazing range of activities to certainly fill those family days out!
If it's the water you love, then why not get out and enjoy some boating? During summer, you have a number of rentals open and ready to get you out onto the 200 acre Swift Lake. Grab a rowboat, or a kayak, even a paddleboat or a canoe. They are great activities to just allow you to take your time, and spend some time as a family!
If it's getting out on your feet that keeps you happy, then why not get out there along the hiking trails and spend some time with nature? You might even spot some wildlife! There are over 80 miles of trails across the whopping (nearly) 8,000 acres. If you would rather grab a bike or even a horse, then the trails are perfect for those too!
Parents, you will love the park too, because of the environmental education programs that the kids can take part in, so they can learn whilst they have fun!
But wouldn't it be great summer without an aquatic center to cool down in! There are seasonal water-based activities that are perfect for all ages. There is a fun fountain wet deck, a kiddie pool, and two leisure pools. Kids - there are two tubular water slides!
We're not done yet! Did we even mention the fishing? What a great way to relax for the day! There are two fishing lakes with fish - from catfish, bluegrill, crappie...get those rods out and enjoy it!
Pocahontas State Park is a great day out in Virginia nature, that will give you so many activity options you might have to make it two days! (Good thing there is camping too!)
How much does it cost?
- Adults$4 parking fee; some programs and activities have fees and they vary
- Free Under: Most nature programs are free
When can we go?
7am to dusk
All year round.
Pocahontas State Park offers environmental education, history, and recreation programs for school groups and home school groups. They also have outreach programs to schools for classrooms, assemblies and science nights! Why wouldn't you visit! .
The swimming complex has concessions. The campstore sells snacks and camping supplies. Concessions are also available during summer concerts and some special events. You won't have an empty stomach!.
There are great picnic areas available so bring your own food (as healthy as you like) and enjoy it out in nature! .
Any Top Tips?
Don't midd the fun programs like feeding times, try geocaching, and the Beaver Lake Trail (2.5 mile loop) is popular for families! .
Doing our bit
They love looking after the park and giving families a beautiful place to spend the day. Help them out and keep it clean! .
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, give the park a call to see what assistance they can give you.
Can I get one of those?
The park office sells post cards, books, window decals, shirts, toys and more with some souvenir items specific to Pocahontas State Park. Take something home with you to remind you of your experience!.
They have two fun summer camps for kids, so check them out and let your child enjoy the park all summer long! .
What people are saying?
by Scott Azbell
What can I say. A great clean park and an enjoyable restful weekend. Highly recommended. Staff kept the latrines/showers nice and tidy. Wood is top notch and fairly priced. Wish the camp store was bigger but there is a food lion close. Bring your bikes, kayaks and swim trunks. You will use them all.
by jim knight
Another great camping trip at Pocahontas State Park. The campsites are big enough for pretty much any RV,Travel Trailer or fifth wheel. Water and electric is always available. This time we had a bad 30A breaker the Ranger came in less than 30 minutes and fixed it. This is a wonderful place to camp if you like the outdoors. Camp neighbors were great. The park is pet friendly and "amazingly" most pet owners seemed to be friendly too. Don't miss a chance to camp here.
by Jiri Cech
nice natural are, good day trip with kids, car pass $4 per day, canoe rental $8.40 per hour, kids loved it. Seen turtles, snake by trail edge, few birds.
by Mohit Thadani
Not as great as described by a few others. The lake is stagnated and unclear. Trails are OK. People there are great though.
by Darth Anubis
This is not a park. It's just the woods. Parks have paths that are paved populated with people picnicking and doing other things than stepping in horse shit.