Staunton River State Park

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Staunton River State Park

Virginia

(434) 572-4623

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Overview

The shaded campgrounds, rustic cabins, picturesque picnic shelters, well-maintained nature trails, and plenty of exciting outdoor opportunities for the whole family make Staunton River State Park the perfect place for your vacation. The park was recognized in 2007 as a National Historic Landmark and a Virginia Historic Landmark. Many structures in the park, including the cabins, pool-house and picnic shelters, are little changed from when they were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. Tucked away in south central Virginia, the park lies on 2,400 acres between the Dan and Staunton Rivers at the threshold of Buggs Island Lake (also known as Kerr Reservoir). The largest lake in Virginia is only one of the park's many attractions, which include an Olympic size pool with a 70-foot waterslide, a smaller log slide and the Pollywog Pond, which is a water playground for children (there is a size limit on this pool).

Map of Staunton River (VA)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.698980, -78.675006

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park has a boat launch but does not rent out boats. A Buggs Island Special Pass that covers boat launching and parking for Occoneechee and Staunton River state parks is available. Guests must bring their own boats. Boat launching ramp is available. These facilities may not be accessible if the water level is too high or low. If your visit depends on the ability to launch your boat, please call the park in advance. Both motorized and non-motorized boats are permitted on Buggs Island Lake. Although the park doesn't rent boats, River Traders, just outside the park, rents canoes, kayaks and jon-boats. Call (434) 575-1022 for pricing, more information and reservation.

  • Bicycling

    Bring your own bike.

  • Camping

    Tent and RV campsites and camping lodge available to rent. Campsite types available: EW 30-ft - Electric and water hookups, various equipment up to 30 feet, bathhouse available. EW Pop/Tent - Electric and water hookups, popup and tent campers up to 20 feet, bathhouse available. EW 45-ft - Electric and water hookups, pull-through up to 45 feet, RVs only, bathhouse available. Tent Standard - Tents only, no hookups, bathhouse available. Total campsites: 48 Camp Lodge: (Bunkhouse) in Campground Area. Two-night minimum.; no full-week requirement. This camping lodge's maximum occupancy is 14. There's also a fenced-in campsite (bring your own tent) just behind it that accommodated up to six people. The three-room trailer has seven bunk beds, a large back deck, picnic tables, a fire ring with cooking grate and one electrical outlet in each room.

  • Fishing

    For Fishing lovers the Dan and Staunton rivers and Buggs Island Lake are famous for the number and size of fish there. Bass, bluegill, crappie and perch are plentiful. A valid Virginia fishing license is required; purchase one in the park's visitor center. Annual boat launch passports are available by calling 1-800-933-PARK.

  • Hiking

    Six wooded trails provide miles of hiking along the Dan and Staunton rivers as well as Buggs Island Lake. Some of the landscapes are little changed from the times when generals from the Revolutionary and Civil wars camped with their troops. Multi-use trail open for hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Bring your own horse and bike.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are no horse rental in the park or nearby; there are no overnight facilities for horses at the park.

  • Picnicking

    Shelters can be rented from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 1-800-933-PARK to reserve. Both shelters have grills, picnic tables and access to nearby restrooms. Shelter 1: Near the Dan River, this shelter provides a shady setting for reunions, picnics and other special events. It accommodates up to 60 comfortably. There is a spigot that allows access to potable water and a large grill at the back of the shelter. There's no deck but there is a graveled area by the grill. This shelter offers no view of the river; access to the river is limited. A walk of about two minutes brings you to the river. The shelter is near a playground, horseshoe pit and trash disposal, and bathrooms are about five minutes away. This shelter offers access to the pool area via the Tutelo Trail, a 5-10 minute walk. First-come, first-served picnic tables that can be used to accommodate more people are around shelter. (Note: several distances mentioned above might prove difficult for the handicapped.)

    Shelter 2: Beside the Dan River, this shelter provides a shady setting for reunions, picnics and other special events. It accommodates up to 60 comfortably. There is a spigot that allows access to potable water and a large grill at the back of the shelter. First-come, first-served picnic tables that can be used to accommodate more people are around shelter. This shelter has a spacious deck near the grill and offers a waterfront view and easy access to the water. There is a boat launch that can be used when the water level is high, but users must pay a launching fee. Also, the shelter features a playgorund, horseshoe pit and trash disposal, and handicapped accessible bathrooms are only a short distance away. The shelter is not, however, equipped with a ramp for easy access by the handicapped. Spacious grounds for softball, badminton, soccer, etc., are nearby. Guests must provide their own equipment.

  • Water Sports

    The park has an Olympic sized pool and a wading pool open from the Saturday before Memorial Day to Labor Day. The larger pool has a 70-foot waterslide known as "the Moccasin" as well as a smaller log slide in the shallow end. The Pollywog Pond has a frog slide and many fun water toys for kids and toddlers. (You must be less than 45 inches tall to play in the Pollywog Pond.) The pool complex includes a bathhouse and concessions area. In summer, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the camping lodge, however it cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require that swimming be closed. No refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances.

Seasonality/Weather

Swimming pool available from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. From August 16 through the end of Labor Day weekend, the pool will be open only on weekends. Camping season is from March 1 to first Monday in December. Turkey Trail mini-shelter 1 and Deer View mini-shelter 2 is available to rent from March 12 through September 30. Snack bar is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day only. No concessions otherwise.

Park Partners

Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance

(804) 225-3440

Directions

Driving

Staunton River State Park is 18 miles east of South Boston. Take U.S. 360 to Route 344. Follow Route 344 for 10 miles to the park, located southeast of Scottsburg, Va.

From the north: Take U.S. 501 south to Halifax, Va. At intersection of U.S. 501 and state Route 360, turn left; go about eight miles. At intersection of state Route 360 and U.S. 360, go straight through the stoplight to Route 344. Travel 10 miles to the park entrance, which is southeast of Scottsburg, Va.

From the south: Take U.S. 501 north to South Boston, Va. At intersection of U.S. 501 and U.S. 58, turn right onto U.S. 58 east; go approximately one mile and turn left at stoplight onto U.S. 360; travel east on U.S. 360 approximately eight miles and turn right onto Route 344; go 10 miles to park entrance.

From the west: Take U.S. 58 east to the intersection of U.S. 58 and U.S. 360; turn left at stoplight onto U.S. 360; go east approximately eight miles and turn right onto Route 344; travel 10 miles to park entrance.

From the east: Take U.S. 360 west to Scottsburg, Va; at intersection of U.S. 360 with state Route 360 and Route 344, turn left at stoplight onto Route 344; travel 10 miles to park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(434) 572-4623

Weather

(804) 225-3440

Road conditions

(804) 225-3440

Permits

(804) 225-3440

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