Because of traffic concerns regarding the Maidens Rd. and Old River Trail intersection, RVs and horse trailers are prohibited at the park. Work is underway with VDOT to improve the intersection.
GENERAL INFO: You'll find Powhatan State Park in the northwest corner of Powhatan County on the historic James River. The park has diverse wildlife habitat, from open fields to upland hardwood forests. Guests can use the park's car-top boat slide to get in the river. Other amenities, including a canoe-in campground, multi-use trails and wildlife observation areas, are being developed.
Park size: 1,565 acres.
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The park's address is 4616 Powhatan State Park Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139. Latitude, 37.659728. Longitude, -77.922978.
Drive Time: Drive Time: Northern Virginia, two hours; Richmond, 45 minutes; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, two and a half hours; Roanoke, three hours
From Interstate 95 north of Richmond: Take Interstate 64 west to Route 288 south to Route 711 west (Huguenot Trail). Stay on 711 for about 13 miles until reaching Rt. 522 (Maidens Rd.). Turn right and drive about 4 miles to Route 617 west (Old River Trail). Turn left and go about 1.5 miles to the park entrance on the right.
From 64 west of Richmond: Take Route 288 south to Route 711 west (Huguenot Trail). Stay on 711 for about 13 miles until reaching Rt. 522 (Maidens Rd.). Turn right and drive about 4 miles to Route 617 west (Old River Trail). Turn left and go about 1.5 miles to the park entrance on the right.
From 64 east of Richmond: Take Interstate 64 west through Richmond to Route 288 south and exit onto Route 711 west (Huguenot Trail). Stay on 711 for about 13 miles until reaching Rt. 522 (Maidens Rd.). Turn right and drive about 4 miles to Route 617 west (Old River Trail). Turn left and go about 1.5 miles to the park entrance on the right.
From Interstate 95 south of Richmond: Take Interstate Route 288 north to Route 60 west. At Route 522 north, turn (Maidens Road) and go about 7 miles to Route 617 west (Old River Trail). Turn left on Old River Trail and drive about 1.5 miles to the park entrance on the right.
PARK MAP: Click here.
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES: None. For information on availability of other parks' overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK. Click here for park fees.
SWIMMING: There are no designated swimming areas.
TRAILS: Hiking, bicycle and bridle trails are under development.
FISHING, BOATING: The park has about 2.5 miles of James River waterfront accessible by a canoe slide launch at the end of River Launch Rd. within the park. Boats launched from boat trailers are not permitted on the slide. (A Department of Game and Inland Fisheries boat launch at Maidens off route 522 just north of the park allows such access.) Fishing access to the river bank is limited because of high bluffs, but easier access is being worked on.
HUNTING: Click here to learn about this park's hunting opportunities.
HORSES: Bridle trails are being developed but are not yet available. State law requires that visitors carry a copy of a negative Coggins report with each horse brought to the park.
EVENTS: Click here to view park events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.
VISITOR CENTER, GIFT SHOP: None.
NATURE, HISTORY PROGRAMS: Click here to view park events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER: None.
PICNIC SHELTERS: The park has three large picnic shelters. Two are surrounded by grass and woods in the upland section of the park, and one is next to the river. Each has eight picnic tables and a large charcoal grill. None has electricity or water. Parking fees are not included with the shelter rental fees and must be paid upon entering the park.
Shelter 1 is in the upland area of the park, more than a mile from the river. It is about 100 feet from a restroom and an accessible playground, and 40 feet from a parking lot. The land around the shelter is flat, and a gravel path leads from the parking lot sidewalk.
Shelter 2 is in the upland area of the park, more than a mile from the river. It is about 75 feet from a restroom and an accessible playground, and 40 feet from a parking lot. The land around the shelter is flat, and a gravel path leads from the parking lot sidewalk.
Shelter 3 is adjacent to the river near the boat slide launch. The shelter is within 300 feet of a restroom (no water) and small parking area. There is additional parking 500 feet away. The area around the shelter is flat and wooded. A gravel path leads from the parking area to the shelter.
Picnic shelters are available by reservation by calling the Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK. Click here for park fees. Shelters can be rented from 8 a.m. to dusk (all day).
Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee.
HISTORY: Powhatan State Park was the vision of many in the Powhatan County community and several members of the general assembly. In 2003, 1,564 acres were transferred from the Department of Juvenile Justice to the Department of Conservation and Recreation for the development of a park. It would fill a need in the central Virginia area for a state park with access to the James River and with day and overnight facilities. So far, phase I of the park's master plan, written in 2007, is done.
FRIENDS GROUP: Feel like lending nature a hand? The Friends of Powhatan State Park is a group of hands-on volunteers dedicated to preserving the park and supporting its mission.
Master plans must be written for parks before they're built.
The plans are updated at least once every five years thereafter.
The plans cover the size, types, infrastructure and locations of facilities as well as the site's special features and resources.
Three public meetings are held during the initial development of each plan.
Click here (PDF) for this park's master plan.
CONTACT INFO: Powhatan State Park, 4616 Powhatan State Park Road, Powhatan VA 23139 (Because the park is still under development, GPS units may not show its address. Use the directions above to find your way.) Phone, 804-598-7148; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or emailing resvs. Be sure to specify the park of interest.