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James River State Park, Gladstone

(4.4/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
The park has more than 1,500 acres of rolling farm meadows and three miles of river frontage. Park facilities include cabins and lodges, primitive and water and electric campsites, primitive and water and electric horse campsites, and group camping. Thirteen primitive campsites are by the river and offer opportunities to canoe-in camp. There are 15 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. There's also a wheelchair accessible trail around Green Hill Pond. Three fishing ponds and boating access to 12 miles of the James River make the park ideal for anglers. There are seven picnic areas in the park and six picnic shelters that offer beautiful views of the surrounding hills.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This last Spring JRSP hosted a triathlon using a new trail for the Bike portion. Since then the trail has been open for hiking and Mt biking. It is a 3 miles single track loop designed for a flowing b...  more »
  • Rented two cabins over the holiday and had a wonderful time. Lovely peaceful setting. Great accessible mountain biking and hiking and we had perfect weather to boot!  more »
  • Every year our family gathers here for our annual fall retreat. The cabins are clean, spacious and comfortable with views of the James River and mountains just off of your back deck that are breathtak...  more »
Google
  • Large beautiful park, we frequently rent out the cabins and shelters here for family and church gatherings. The trails are easy and pretty and the accommodations are nice and reasonably priced.
  • Best least expensive VACATION ever for the whole family. Can't wait to get back to NATURE.
  • The park is nice with lots of good trails and canoeing. The river was moving pretty fast so I can understand why they don't allow kids under 6 in the canoes there. The RV camp ground is quite small and doesn't have a playground. I don't know if it was just around the campground or not but there were tons of ticks. My oldest walked in the woods for a couple of minutes and came back with five on his clothes, so lots of bug spray would be a good idea.
  • The nicest rangers work here. I love to visit often! Even if you can't get out on the river, there is still lots to do!
  • Awesome. Friendly staff, great scenery, spacious modern well equipped cabins.