Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park: It's a Gold Mine of Activity

August 11, 2009, 10:51 am

WHY: Go-karts, activities by land and lake, and tours that pan out.

HOW FAR: About 55 miles from start to finish, and about 85 miles from Washington.

In these hard economic times, we could all use a lesson on how to strike it rich. This summer, Lake Anna State Park near Spotsylvania offers Stampmill Sam's Gold Adventure, which teaches visitors how to pan for the precious metal in the park's creek. Now in its second year, the two-hour program involves a quick history lesson on gold and gold mining, a van ride, a short hike and very hands-on instruction.