10301 State Park Road,
phone (804) 796-4255
Just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, the capital of Virginia, Pocahontas
State Park has been one of the more popular parks in the state park system.
Swift Creek forms the nucleus of the park, which is centered in a wildlife
In Chesterfield County, about 20 miles from Richmond. From I-95, take
Exit 61 and go west on Route 10 to Route 655 which is Beach Road; or take
Exit 67, go north on Route 150 to Route 10; go east to Beach Road. The
park is four miles on right; or take Route 288 from I-95 to Route 10 East
and go one mile to Beach Road. Follow park signs from there.
No horse rentals, but there are nine miles of bridle trails. Bring your
own horse. No overnight accommodations for horses.
Hiking, biking, bridle trails. Pocahontas State Park offers five miles
of hiking trails around Beaver Lake, a five mile bicycle trail and a trail
accessible for persons with disabilities. In addition, numerous trails
accessible to hikers and bicyclists wind through the surrounding woodlands.
There are also approximately nine miles of bridle trails. The park also has single-track
Time to Park from: Northern Virginia, two hours; Richmond,
half an hour; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, two hours; Roanoke, three
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), this was the first recreational
park in the Richmond-Petersburg-Hopewell area. The National Park Service
donated the facility to Virginia State Parks in 1946, making it the largest
Virginia state parks with more than 7,600 acres and two small lakes. The
area was renamed Pocahontas State Park and Pocahontas State Forest and
was operated under a cooperative management arrangement with the Department
of Forestry. In 1989 a new master plan, funded jointly by the Commonwealth
of Virginia and Chesterfield County, called for expansion of park facilities
to accommodate the large urban population surrounding the park. Today
the entire area is operated as Pocahontas State Park. The park is undergoing
massive renovation to expand and upgrade its facilities.
The park is named after Pocahontas, the famed daughter of Chief Powhatan,
who was ruler over the tribes in the Powhatan Confederacy of the Algonquin
Nation. Legend has it that Pocahontas saved Captain John Smith’s
life when he was held captive by the Powhatan Confederacy. She later married
John Rolfe and traveled with him to London where she died of smallpox.
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