GENERAL INFO: In the heart of central Virginia, this 495-acre, historic park offers many cultural, environmental and recreational activities. Overnight accommodations include a campground and climate-controlled cabins. Visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and lakefront picnicking at Goodwin Lake. Cedar Crest Conference Center on Prince Edward Lake is available for family reunions, business meetings, wedding receptions and other gatherings.
Park Size: 495 acres. Prince Edward Lake is 36 acres, Goodwin Lake is 15 acres.
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Its address is 788 Twin Lakes Rd., Green Bay, VA 23942-2525.
Latitude, 37.174829, Longitude, -78.273242.
Drive Time : Northern Virginia, three to four hours; Richmond, one to one and a half hours; Tidewater/ Norfolk/ Virginia Beach, two and a half to three hours; Roanoke, three hours
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OVERNIGHT FACILITIES: Camping, cabins and lodge. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-7275. Click here for park fees. Those interested in Cedar Crest Conference Center, a day-use facility, should call (434) 767-2398.
Twin Lakes' Cabins and Lodge near Cedar Crest area
Weekly Rentals Required in prime season, which runs Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. (Saturday or Sunday start dates.)
Cabin guests should register at the Twin Lakes office upon arrival. Check-in time is 3 p.m. on arrival date; Check-out is 10 a.m. on departure date.
Cabin guests arriving after 4:30 p.m. must know their reservation number(s), especially the last four numbers, to access their keys. Each overnight facility has a push button combination key box located by the entrance door. The combination needed to access this key is the last four digits of the reservation number for that cabin. Once entry is gained, please return the key to the lock box (instructions are posted on site). If you're arriving after hours, please check in at the Twin Lakes office between 9:30-11 a.m. the next day to complete registration, obtain additional passes/keys, and find out about scheduled events. This park offers no additional bed rentals.
Visit a Flickr photoset of typical cabins and lodges at Twin Lakes. Cabins and lodges vary. Dwellings may not match what's shown in the photos.
Cabin rental information
Cabins and the lodge require weekly rentals from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Cabins and the lodge are assigned either a Saturday or Sunday start date for prime season weekly rentals; two-night minimums are available during other seasons of the year. All cabins and lodge can be rented up to 11 months in advance. Customers can request two-night rentals of cabins and lodge between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends by calling 30 days prior to date of arrival to see if there is a vacancy during the summer prime season. Two-night minimums outside the Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend period are available 11 months in advance.
During the summer, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the lodge, however swimming is not guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require closure. We do not give refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances.
Cabins and Lodge
The park has six housekeeping cabins featuring an English Tudor exterior over cinderblock. Three are beside Prince Edward Lake and three are on a hillside overlooking the lake.
Each cabin has a screened front porch with rocking chairs. A picnic table, lantern hanger and pedestal grill are next to each cabin. One set of linens and towels per person are provided, however linens are not changed daily. Also included are a refrigerator, electric stove, automatic drip coffeemaker, microwave oven, toaster, an AM-FM clock radio and place settings for eight people, as well as dish detergent, dishtowels and a basic set of pots and pans.
Cabins 1-4 and 6 each have two bedrooms and sleep three people per room (total of six). Each bedroom has a twin bed and a set of bunk beds. Cabin 5 has a double bed in one bedroom and two sets of bunk beds in the second bedroom.
Cabins 2, 4 and 6 are watefront cabins and priced as such; cabins 1, 3 and 5 are not waterfront.
A seventh cabin, the Martin Cottage, is near the lodge. It has two bedrooms with a maximum occupancy of four. One bedroom has a double bed, the other has two single beds. No rollaway beds are available at this park. This cottage features a large living room, front porch with rocking chairs, a back deck, a lantern hanger, a picnic table, a pedestal grill and a full kitchen. The kitchen has a refrigerator, electric stove, automatic drip coffee maker, toaster, place settings and dinnerware for six, a basic set of pots and pans, dish detergent, dish towels and an AM/FM clock radio. Linens and towels, which are not changed daily, are provided per person.
Cabins have no TV, telephone, dishwasher, washer or dryer. Customers should bring their own toiletries, food, coffee filters, favorite baking dish if plans include special cooking (e.g., Thanksgiving and Christmas).
The Hill Lodge
The lodge has four bedrooms with two sets of bunk beds in each (sleeping 16 total; no bed rentals), great room (suitable for meetings), kitchen with pantry, common bathroom, back deck, patio tables to seat six, heating, air conditioning and carpet. A charcoal grill is also available. The lodge has a TV and DVD player. Also included: refrigerator, electric stove, toaster, automatic drip coffeemaker, microwave oven, AM/FM clock radio, place settings for 18, and one set of linens and towels per person provided (linens are not changed daily).
Total sites of each type: Two-bedroom cinderblock, 4; Two-bedroom cinderblock waterview, 3; Hill Lodge
Each campsite has a fire ring with a grill over it. It can be used for cooking or a small campfire. Campsites have water and electricity; outlets provide 20 and 30-amp current. Firewood is available for sale in the campground.
Two vehicles are allowed per campsite in addition to camping unit allowed. Additional vehicles must park in a designated parking lot and may be subject to daily parking fees. Visitors to overnight guests must leave the park by 10 p.m.
EW Tent/Popup: Tent and popups up to 20 feet long only, electric and water hookups, bathhouse available.
EW 25ft - Various equipment. RVs up to 25 feet. Graveled entrance, mostly shaded. A bathhouse is available. Electric and water hookups.
EW 30ft - Various equipment. RVs up to 30 feet. Graveled entrance, mostly shaded. A bathhouse is available. Electric and water hookups.
EW RV36 - Various equipment. RVs from 30 and 36 feet long only. No tents or popups.
Total sites of each type: EW Tent/Popup, 13; EW 25ft, 9; EW 30ft, 7; EW RV36, 4
SWIMMING: A swimming beach complete with concessions and bathhouse is available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Click here for park fees. In the summer, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the lodge, however it cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require that swimming be closed. Because of a possible shortage of qualified lifeguards from mid-August to Labor Day, the park can offer swimming on only Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. If your visit depends on weekday swimming during that stretch, call the park or reserve another time. We do not give refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances.
TRAILS: Six miles of trails for hiking take the visitor through hardwood forests and near the lakes. Prince Edward Gallion Multi-use Trail, in the Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest adjacent to the park, is open to hikers, bikers and horses. It's an eight-mile non-loop trail.
Visit the Explore Virginia Outdoors website for enhanced maps and video tours of Twin Lakes' trails.
WILDLIFE: Virginia State Parks are great places to discover and reconnect with the wild world. Bring a camera and share your captures with the world. But please don't disturb or get too close to the animals. The park is, after all, their home. Here are a few recent natural encounters others have had at Twin Lakes.
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FISHING, BOATING: The park’s Prince Edward and Goodwin lakes are great for fishing. Both have sunfish, largemouth bass, crappie and channel catfish. Only electric motors are allowed on the lakes, thus ensuring a peaceful, quiet day on the water. A valid Virginia fishing license, which may be purchased at the main office, is required.
Boating is allowed on both lakes and electric motors may be used. A public boat launch is available for each lake. Rowboats and canoes are available for rent year-round, and paddleboats are available for rent only during summer. Solo kayaks are rented May through September. Click here for boat ramp fees.
EVENTS: Click here to view park events festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.
NATURE, HISTORY PROGRAMS: Nature hikes, night hikes, canoe trips, children’s programs, campfire programs and children's nature craft programs. Click here to view park events festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park; Sandy River Reservoir; Briery Creek Wildlife Management Area; High Bridge Trail State Park; Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest; Lee’s Retreat Driving Tour; the Town of Farmville; Prince Edward County; Longwood University Visual Arts Center and the Moton Museum in Farmville; The Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, Va.; Moorefield Mine in Amelia; Crewe Historic Railroad Park; Zip lines and aerial adventure at Sandy River Retreat in Farmville; several antique shops.
PICNIC SHELTERS: Picnic shelters are available for rent. Call the Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK (7275). In addition to shelter rental fee, a daily parking fee per vehicle is enforced. Swimming, boat rental and boat-launching fees are also additional.
Twin Lakes State Park Picnic Shelters at Goodwin Lake Day-use Area
Two shelters are available for rent. They can be rented all day from 8 a.m. to dusk. Click here for park fees.
Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee.
Shelter 1: This structure overlooks Goodwin Lake and is near a playground. It can accommodate 60 people under the shelter. Additional seating is available around the shelter if vacant. Shelter is universally accessible with universally accessible parking and an adjacent walkway.
Shelter 2: Close to swim area on Goodwin Lake, this unique shelter is made from rough cedar trunks and cedar beams. It can accommodate 25 people under the shelter. Additional seating is available around the shelter if vacant. If you need help getting to the shelter, please let park staff know when you arrive. Staff will help anyone needing such assistance.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Cedar Crest Conference Center. Conference center facilities may be rented directly through the center's staff by calling (434) 767-2398. The facility is day-use only. There's a certified meeting planner onsite to help with event needs. Please call the center at (434) 767-2398 for details.
Overlooking Prince Edward Lake, this facility has three meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment, a gazebo, decks and shelters. The largest room overlooks the lake and has a capacity of 130.
CONCESSIONS: The Beach is a snack bar that's open during summer prime season. The snack bar specializes in premium, hand-dipped ice cream. Guests can also purchase swimming tickets and merchandise, sundries, sweets, gift items and park mementos.
HISTORY: The land for Twin Lakes State Park was initially bought from struggling farmers by the federal government during the Great Depression. Two parks, Goodwin Lake and Prince Edward Lake, were founded in 1939 and until the early 1960s were run as two racially segregated parks. The parks merged into one in 1976, and the site was renamed Twin Lakes State Park in 1986.
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.
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