Description - Pocahontas State Park is Virginia's largest state park. It has been one of the more popular parks in the state park system. It is located just 20 miles from Richmond which is Virginia's capital city.
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Pocahontas State Park can entertain individuals as well as corporate gatherings
- Pocahontas State Park was built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and today encompasses over 7,600 acres and two small lakes. A new campground has all electric and water hookups, grills, picnic tables and lantern holders. Swimming and boat launch are free for overnight campers. Visitors may rent canoes, rowboats, hydro-bikes and paddleboats during the summer months. Hiking, biking, bridle trails and picnicking are available. A 17,500 square feet pool with a large bathhouse and concession building is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Cabin style bunkhouses are available containing only beds. These bunkhouses accommodate from 28-112 people and may include dining facilities. The Heritage Center is a new conference center that is available for receptions and corporate meetings accommodating groups as large as 200. An amphitheater annually hosts performances such as Richmond Symphony, Shakespeare in the Park, the European Wind Ensemble, the Virginia's Barber Shop Chorus and many other cultural performances. A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum is located within the park grounds.
Recreation - Pocahontas State Park is recreation treasure sitting on the south end of the Richmond metropolitan area. The dense woodland park offers a large swimming pool, concession area, miles of mountain bike trails, horse trails and hiking trails in addition to a wonderful lake for warm water fishing, several children play areas, campground, environmental education programs, and the new Heritage Conference Center. The Center accommodates up to 200 people for banquets, receptions and group meetings. Also, available are several group bunkhouses. They contain only beds and accommodate 28-112 people. The dining hall facility is available as part of the bunkhouse rental. Call (804) 796-4255 for reservations and details. History buffs will enjoy exploring the Civilian Conservation Corp Museum with its many pictures and artifacts from the 1930's. A fairly new feature at Pocahontas State Park is the summer amphitheater. Folks enjoy bringing a blanket or foldable lawn chair for an evening of rest and relaxation in the outdoors. Scheduled events are posted throughout the region at local grocery stores, markets, churches and in area newspapers and on the State Parks' website and local travel websites.
The Richmond metropolitan area has some of the richest recreational opportunities in America. There is a host of other opportunities just minutes away. Following is an in-depth list of those opportunities: James River Plantations, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum of Virginia, Valentine Museum, Historic Chesterfield Museum, Edgar Allan Poe Museum and Old Stone House, St. Johns Church, Wilton House Museum, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, Maymont Park, White House of the Confederacy, Capitol Square, Monument Avenue, Hollywood Cemetery, Annabel Lee Plantation cruises down the historic James River, whitewater rafting and Richmond International Raceway.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The eastern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The eastern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.
Pocahontas State Park is in Chesterfield County, about 20 miles from Richmond. From I-95, take Exit 61 and go west on Route 10 to Route 655, Beach Road; or take Exit 67, go north on Route 150 to Route 10; go east to Beach Road. The park is four miles on right; or take Route 288 from I-95 to Route 10 East and go one mile to Beach Road. Signage is excellent.