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James River State Park, Gladstone

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 50+ 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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  • The park was beautiful even if the weather conditions didn't cooperate entirely. The weekend we had reserved was after substantial rain. The James River was 11-13 feet above flood stage. There were no...  read more »
  • We had a great weekend at the park. We stayed in a 2 BR Cabin that was very nice and clean. Our neighbors were too loud the first night but settled down night 2. I would have called to report but we d...  read more »
  • We drove over from Lynchburg to spend a hot and sunny Sunday at James River State Park. After paying the $4 entry fee we made for the visitor centre. The helpful ranger supplied us with trail maps - w...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Beautiful scenery, 2, 3, and 6 bedroom cabins, 2 primitive campgrounds, 1 RV campground, 1 horse campground, multiple picnic shelters, playground & discovery area, bathrooms, showers, laundry room, trails for hiking or biking, interpretive programs available, visitor center with displays, drink machines, canoe, kayak, tube livery for persons 6 and over (reservations highly recommended), shuttle service available, fishing in river or ponds, camp host is something to look into, 3 stores to gift shop, friendly & helpful staff, great place to picnic and enjoy the outdoors, family friendly for all ages! Sight-seeing near by.
  • Very nice horse back riding trails, scenic and well marked. Better to go on a week day than the weekend!
  • Best place on Earth to reconnect with nature, an amazing week without the harrowing connectivity of modern world. Laid back to the extremme! And Ranger Bill and his dogs are awesome!
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