1. First Landing State Park: Virginia Beach
Since colonists first walked along the shores of First Landing State Park, the sight has grown to become the most popular state park in Virginia! With over 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of sandy Chesapeake Bay frontage, First Landing is an oasis within the urban Virginia Beach area.
2. High Bridge Trail State Park: Farmville
Over 31 miles long, The High Bridge Trail is best suited for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The centerpeice of the park is longest recreation bridge in Virginia; a majestic sight!
3. Hungry Mother State Park: Marion
The Hungry Mother State Park offers over 2,000 acres of wooded terrain, including a large lake that can be used for fishing or boating, several miles of trails, a lakeside beach for swimming, and a discovery center for information about the area.
4. Pocahontas State Park: Chesterfield
Just 20 minutes from Richmond, Pocahontas is the largest state park in Virginia, with more than 8,100 acres including three small lakes, enveloped by the Swift Creek. The 64 miles of trails make the park an especially popular destination for cyclists.
5. Grayson Highlands State Park: Mouth of Wilson
Breathtaking views of Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain – the highest points of Virginia – can be spotted from the Grayson Highlands. Make sure to keep an eye out for the wild ponies that graze throughout the park!
6. Douthat State Park: Millboro
Mountain biking, fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, camping, picnicking, and gorgeous views of the lake can all be found at Douthat State Park!
7. Natural Tunnel State Park: Duffield
Called the “Eight Wonder of The World” the Natural Tunnel was naturally carved through a limestone ridge over the course of thousands of years. The park also features two campgrounds, cabins, picnic areas, a camp store, and breathtaking views!
8. Lake Anna: Spotsylvania
One of Virginia’s most popular bodies of water, Lake Anna is an ideal warm-weather destination. More than 15 miles of trails welcome hikers, bikers, and horseback riders alike!
9. Fairy Stone State Park: Stuart
Just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Fairy Stone’s attractions include cabins, campgrounds, hiking trails, lake swimming, canoeing, paddle boating, kayaking, and picnicking. The park’s name refers to the mysterious stones sprinkled all along the park that are often attributed to the work of fairies!
10. Staunton River State Park: Scottsburg
Home of the Buggs Island Lake – the largest lake in Virginia – Staunton River State Park offers a variety of water-centric activities including freshwater fishing, boating, and water skiing! On land, 17 miles of multi-use trails are accessible to visitors.
11. Caledon State Park: King George
Caledon is known for its mystical, old growth forests with trails that lead to the Potomac river. A common attraction for bird watchers, Caledon is the summertime home to many American bald eagles!
12. Smith Mountain Lake: Huddleston
The “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, SML offers up 500 miles of shoreline and is paradise for watersport enthusiasts! Miles of trails and picnicking spots are also available near the water.
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