Located just outside of historic Richmond Virginia, Pocahontas State Park contains a vast array of recreational opportunities sure to thrill both locals and out of town guests. Among its many offerings are miles of hiking trails, leisure pools, campgrounds, and dedicated fishing piers.
The park began its life as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps beautification of the state and has since grown to more than double its initial size. The two dining halls that were initially built by these civilians still exist as a monument to their dedication and hard work.
Fishing is great here on the 225-acre Swift Creek Lake. These lakes are regularly stocked with crappie, muskie, and rainbow trout during their respective seasons. Make sure to get your Virginia State fishing license renewed before you drop a line, and bring any equipment as there's a notable lack of rental options here.
For guests who feel compelled to take their dog along for the day, they'll need to make sure they keep them on a leash throughout their stay. Something not found in many state parks is Pocahontas State Park's 2000-seat amphitheater, which hosts the Pochahontas Premiers series of events during the summer months.
During the winter, this area regularly hosts survival competitions that are free to attend. For additional information on all of these events, make sure to visit the Virginia State Parks website. If you've got a boat that you've been itching to get out onto the water, Pocahontas State Park has you covered as well.
The lake supports water vessels of any type, as long as they can be dropped via the concrete boat ramps that are free to use. Virginia State requires that all boaters display up to date registration when enjoying these waters, so make sure to get yours at the Pocahontas State Park's offices, as well as most local sporting goods stores. Dogs are allowed to accompany visitors on boats at owners' discretions.