James River State Park, Gladstone

4.4
#55 of 71 in Nature in Virginia
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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  • Where should I start form! Stayed there for 3 days weekend in a 6 bed room Lodge. Very clean, spaces, well equipped, beautiful Lodge. Out side of the lodge has every thing you could ask for, charcoal ...  more »
  • Spent a weekend in the Red Oak RV Campground in a 38 foot motorhome and had a great time. The RV park is a single loop with 50 amp electric and water. Sites are gravel, level, angled back-ins, and mos...  more »
  • Stayed here at the campground sites by the river with my Kayaking club. We paddled several sections of the Buffalo, Tye and James River. The facilities were excellent and the campground store was very...  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.
  • Beautiful camp sites along the river, great outdoor activities including some nice hiking trails around the park.
  • 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.

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