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!)
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.
$7 - $10 parking and admission fees per car
Most nature programs are free
They love looking after the park and giving families a beautiful place to spend the day. Help them out and keep it clean!
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!
Don't midd the fun programs like feeding times, try geocaching, and the Beaver Lake Trail (2.5 mile loop) is popular for families!
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!
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!
There are great picnic areas available so bring your own food (as healthy as you like) and enjoy it out in nature!
If you have special needs, give the park a call to see what assistance they can give you
They have two fun summer camps for kids, so check them out and let your child enjoy the park all summer long!