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James River State Park, Gladstone

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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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  • I just love this park! I stayed in Cabin #1 in early April 2017. Cabins do not look like much outside, but they are gorgeous inside! Do not miss Tye River Overlook or the James River walk!  more »
  • We rented a cabin for the weekend. We have stayed at State Parks before and all the cabins at each park are the same - basic, but with all the amenities. We were with our almost 4 year old. The best p...  more »
  • The Campground: We stayed one night with our 2 and 5 year old at Canoe Landing Campground site #13. All these sites are sitting right on the river with great views. Our site was a bit of a hike to the...  more »
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  • Fantastic state park! The campsites along the river are very large, can accommodate several tents easily. If you're adventurous, you can put your canoe / kayak in right at the campsite - otherwise a few hundred yards away is a nice little boat launch by the camp store. I'm not sure what other amenities are available, but the sites by the river only have a pit toilet. They were surprisingly clean and odor-free: for a pit toilet anyway. I'll be back here on my next canoe trip!
  • Very quiet and serene. If you just want a nice place to relax and be amongst nature this is the place to go. There are also some interesting small towns nearby to visit including Appomattox where the Civil War officially ended. The cabin area has an expansive sky view if you are a stargazer. The park isn't far from "civilization" but is definitely off the beaten path. This has probably become our favorite state park so far.
  • Taking away from the horse rider. Took away the group camping now the camping near the river. The horse camp is hot in the summer because they cut all the trees down and then planted other trees that will take 10 years to give you shade. I will give them a good score on the trails. Have good loop so you can have short rides or long rides. I will pay to ride at the park but will never camp at the park.
  • Excellent rangers. Breathtaking views. Clean park. River access and watercraft rentals.
  • Great kids playground inside park. Thw kindergarden kids loved it. Great talk from the park ranger.