Located in the heart of the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, Holliday Lake State Park is a sportsman's delight, with hunting, fishing, and trapping among its many offerings. If you're looking to take a hike, Holliday Lake State Park has seven trails totaling over 22 miles. The park's hiking trails vary in difficulty, but even the most challenging of these are relatively tame.
If you're curious, the park offers free printed trail maps upon entry that can help you plan your adventure. These trails are open to dogs, as long as they're kept on a leash and guests take care of any bathroom breaks they might need to make. Dog refuse bins are strategically placed at the heads of most of these trails.
Watersports are highly encouraged here, with guarded beach swimming being offered throughout the warmer months for an additional fee. During the off-season, guests are allowed to swim in the designated body areas, although park officials remind guests that they do so at their risks.
Swimming is only permitted in these roped off areas, so make sure to steer clear of any streams or creeks that aren't designated. Canines can accompany guests as far as the shoreline but are unfortunately prohibited from entering the water. The public swimming area offers a concession stand and bathhouse during the season.
Fishers are welcome in Holliday Lake State Park as long as they come bearing their valid Virginia fishing license. These can be acquired at the park's central office during its regular hours of operation. Species included here are crappies, chain pickerel, and yellow perch.
Guests with dogs are welcome to bring them along, as long as they're on a restraint throughout the day. Holliday Lake State Park also allows watercraft, provided they're motorless. Canoes, Jon boats, and kayaks can all be rented inside the park grounds for a small additional fee. Canines are technically allowed on these craft at their owners' discretion.