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Sep 14, 2010

James River State Park

Distance: 7.5 miles
Start: Parking area just before the Park Office/Nature Center
Difficulty: Moderate
Admission: $2 day use
Pets: Allowed on a leash
Accessibility: The .37 mile Green Hill Pond Loop is a paved trail with boardwalks over a scenic fishing pond.
Camping: Large, level, full-service sites as well as primitive camping (fee charged)

Highlights: This new-ish state park opened in 1999. Scenic river views and flat trails contrast with some pretty rugged up-and-down wooded trails. A state-of-the-art nature center is nearly done and slated to open soon. Widely used by equestrians, there’s even a horse camp.

Our day hike combined several trails to make a big loop around the entire park. Varied eco-systems, remnants of an historic farm, and a canoe livery where you can rent a canoe or tube for a leisurely 2-mile flat on the James River make this a great weekend destination for the family.

James River State Park will be a new chapter in the 3rd update of our book, Hiking Virginia, coming out in spring 2012.

1 comment:

ChrisWay@ColemanKayak said...

This looks like the perfect park for me and my family. I especially like the horse park! I'll be passing through VA this summer and will take a look!

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