Learn more about the amazing outdoor destinations in the Southern region of Virginia by clicking the links below:
- Occoneechee State Park
Occoneechee State Park is on Virginia's largest lake, Buggs Island Lake, also known as John H. Kerr Reservoir. The park features 18.1 miles of trails that allow the guest to experience the history of the Occoneechee Indians and plantation life in the 1800s. The Commonwealth of Virginia began leasing the land for recreational use from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1968.
- Staunton River Battlefield State Park
Staunton River Battlefield State park is located in Charlotte and Halifax counties. Here an outnumbered group of Confederate soldiers held off and defeated invading Union cavalry whose goal was to destroy the nearby railroad bridge. Visitors to the park today can learn about the battle, see reenactments and living history programs, enjoy hiking and multiuse trails, and learn about the native Americans that once inhabited the area. This park is close to both Occoneechee and Staunton River state parks, which offer camping and more extensive hiking and multiuse trails.
- Staunton River State Park
Tucked neatly into the heart of Virginia near the North Carolina border, Staunton River offers much to families and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. The park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and was opened in 1936 as one of the original six Virginia State Parks. The 2,400 acre park offers cabins, a campground, picnic shelters, a large playground, tennis and volleyball courts, boat ramps, many opportunities to observe wildlife, and 12 miles of multi use trails. Access to the Dan and Staunton Rivers and Virginia's largest lake, Buggs Island Lake, offers excellent freshwater fishing and boating opportunities while the large swimming pool complex in the park offers a simple solution to those hot summer days! A 70-foot water slide and many fun toys for the kids make the swimming pool a spot that you don't want to miss.
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