Description - The 300-acre Civil War historic site is a unique partnership between the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and the Historic Staunton River Foundation. This park is great for school field trips.
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Staunton River Battlefield Bridge
A ragtag group of Confederate young boys and old men were the underdogs that met the challenge in holding off 5,000 Union cavalry solders that were attempting to burn a trestle bridge which was of strategic importance to General Robert E. Lee's army, which was under attack at the time in Petersburg.
- This park is best known for its historic site and interesting visitor center. The 1,800 ft. visitor center details the park's history and houses a canon that was extracted from the site. In addition to the wonderful history lesson, visitors get schooled in the subject of electric energy.
Recreation - The park has two trails, both of which are multi-use with parking available for horse trailers. There are no overnight accommodations, however, the park is only 20 minutes from Staunton River State Park that offers camping and cabins. It does have a picnic shelter and accommodates a limited number of parking spots for horse trailers. This park is also known for hosting one of Longwood College's Archeological digs. During 1999, a Native American Shaman estimated to be over 1,000 years old was found on this site. Note: This park closes each year between December 15th and February 15th.
Staunton River State Park (The names of these parks are so similar that it can be confusing.) is a short drive from Staunton River Battlefield State Park. It does provide overnight accommodations. It is located on Buggs Island Lake on Rt. 344, west of the town, South Boston. South Boston Speedway fans and South Boston Museum are popular attractions.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The Piedmont Plateau area of the state has winter temperatures averaging above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. Piedmont Plateau generally experiences temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.
The park is eighteen miles east of South Boston in south side Virginia. From U.S. 360 take Rt. 92 to Clover. Go approximately five miles to Rt. 600 and turn left. Travel another three miles and turn right on Rt. 855.