Established in 1619 by English Captain William Powell, Chippokes Plantation was home to an active agricultural operation for the best part of four centuries. Today, it's a beautiful recreation site with plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun and relaxation.
Situated on the banks of the James River, this picturesque park takes in more than 1,900 acres of Virginia countryside. If you want to catch a glimpse of what life was like in a bygone era, the park's historic area features an antebellum mansion and outbuildings, formal gardens, and a museum stocked with antique farm and forestry equipment.
With your history lesson finished, you can then set about exploring the park's many opportunities for recreation. Chippokes Plantation State Park features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a kiddie pool, freshwater fishing in the James River and College Run Creek, and ideal conditions for canoeing and kayaking.
If you'd like to go exploring on foot, the park has 12 miles of trails, 10 miles of which are open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Most trails are grass, so watch out for mud following wet weather. The 1.2-mile College Run Trail is the park's most popular, and it runs from the visitors center along the James River to the historic area.
If you're visiting with your dog, please note that your dog will need to be confined or kept on a leash of six feet or less. Pets must never be left unattended, and you'll also need to clean up after your canine companion whenever necessary.
Pets are also welcome in the Chippokes Plantation State Park campground, which features 50 electric campsites and four pet-friendly cabins. Three yurts are also available but are not open to pets.
If you're planning a camping vacation with your dog, Chippokes Plantation State Park is a must-visit. Whether you want to get a taste for the region's history, do some outdoor exploration or just relax in beautiful natural surroundings, this park has got you covered.