Pocahontas State Park RV & Campground Guide

Virginia

In the heart of Virginia, just south of the capital of Richmond, you’ll find Pocahontas State Park, an 8,000-acre preserve teeming with lush landscapes, diverse wildlife, and natural beauty. Built by Depression-era workers and named for the famous Native American princess who lived in the area, Pocahontas State Park is entrenched in American history, documented in the park’s Civilian Conservation Corps Museum and the Civil War battlefields, museums, and other historical sites in nearby Richmond and Petersburg.

As winter months bring snow and frigid temperatures of 28°F to 50°F, late spring to early fall are the best times of year to visit. Over 64 miles of trails spread throughout the park, offering ample opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Visitors can spend the afternoon playing in any of the park’s three lakes or checking out the swimming pools at the Aquatic Recreation Center. During the summer, the park hosts live performances and other family-friendly entertainment in its outdoor amphitheater.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure-filled weekend hitting the trails, a peaceful afternoon relaxing on the water, or something in between, read more about why Pocahontas State Park is the perfect destination for your next trip.

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Weather
Spring 44-69 F
Summer 66-87 F
Fall 48-70 F
Winter 28-50 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Pocahontas State Park

When planning where to stay on your trip to Pocahontas State Park, consider renting an RV. RVing is perhaps the easiest way to immerse yourself in nature without compromising your comfort or budget. If you don’t own an RV, rentals are available through RVShare, which makes it simple to find and rent a vehicle in your area or travel destination. In Richmond, there are over 800 RVs available and numerous parks and campgrounds to stay in, including these three options:

Pocahontas State Park Campgrounds

To experience the best that Pocahontas State Park has to offer, there’s no better option than to camp in the park itself. The campgrounds have over 110 RV sites, bathhouses with hot showers, a playground, laundromat, and a camp store that sells snacks, firewood, and other supplies. Plus, overnight guests receive free admission to the park’s Aquatic Recreation Center. Large secluded campsites are surrounded by mature trees, making it a serene place to stay for a night or even a couple weeks. Rates start at $40 per night ($35 for Virginia residents). 

Pro tip: Reserve your RV spot in advance as they fill up quickly, especially in the summer. Otherwise call ahead or show up at the park to check site availability.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Full-service bathhouses, picnic tables, fire pits, playground, volleyball courts, laundromat, camp store, dumping station, hiking trails, swimming pools, fishing, nature center, historical museum, amphitheater, horseback riding, boat ramp, canoes and paddle boards to rent

Americamps RV Resort

Americamps RV Resort is located north of Richmond and about 35 minutes from Pocahontas State Park. This full-service RV resort has extensive amenities—including free waffles for breakfast, a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, and a large swimming pool to relax in—making it ideal for visitors planning an extended stay in the area. The campsite is close to many historical sites around Richmond, including Civil War battlefields and museums. Rates are $47-$75 per night depending on the time of year and availability.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Free breakfast, full-service bathhouses, swimming pool, fitness center, free Wifi and cable, laundromats, playground, dog park, convenience store, group meeting space

Picture Lake Campground

Picture Lake Campground is a family-owned, quiet campground with scenic lake views located 30 minutes south of Pocahontas State Park. There are 200 RV campsites with water, electric, and sewer hookups and excellent amenities. Visitors can go swimming in Picture Lake or the on-site pool, play a round of corn hole, or stock up on groceries at the camp store. The campground is close to several historical sites, including Petersburg National Battlefield and Fort Lee Military Base, as well as the Virginia Motorsports Park. Rates are $40 per night. 

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Bathhouses, free WIFI, swimming pool, fishing, kayak rentals, volleyball courts, playground, laundromat, camp store, propane gas fill-up, dumping station

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What to Do at
Pocahontas State Park

Inside Pocahontas State Park

Whether you prefer to hang out on land or in the water, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities at Pocahontas State Park. With over 64 miles of trails careening through woodlands and rolling hills, it’s easy to see why this park is a favorite among mountain biking and hiking enthusiasts alike. Cool off in any of the park’s three lakes and take advantage of their boating, swimming, and fishing opportunities. 

If you want to know more about the park’s history, check out the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum or visit the Nature Center to learn about (and even pet) turtles, snakes, and other wildlife that live nearby. The park also sponsors the Pocahontas Premieres! summer performances featuring live acts and other entertainment. Other regular events include guided nature hikes, campfire nights, and evening hikes.

Here are more details on the park’s most popular activities:

Canoeing, Fishing, and Swimming - If a day on the water suits your fancy, then you’re in luck. Pocahontas State Park has three lakes where you can enjoy a refreshing swim, fish for largemouth bass, explore the waters in a kayak, or simply relax on the beach. On-site rentals include canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and stand-up paddleboards. 

Aquatic Recreation Center - Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the recreational center has water-based activities for everyone, including a toddler pool, a fountain wet deck, two leisure pools, an activity pool, and water slides. 

Civilian Conservation Corps Museum - Visit the “CCC Museum” to learn more about the Depression-era program that put young unemployed men to work across the country. As part of their efforts, they created over 800 state parks including Pocahontas State Park. Exhibits include artifacts, historic photographs, and personal mementos.

Horseback Riding - Equestrians will delight in the chance to ride through 13 miles of bridle trails. Trail access is available at the Bright Hope Horse Complex, which features ample parking, picnic tables, restrooms, and two exercise rings. Note: this activity is only available for horse owners. 

Outside Pocahontas State Park

Once you’ve had your fun at Pocahontas State Park, venture out to Richmond and Petersburg to learn more about the area’s storied past, eat your fill of delicious local fare, and shop for souvenirs and other treasures.

Restaurants

Mama J’s Kitchen

This casual kitchen serves up some of the best Southern cooking and ‘soul food’ in the Richmond area. Try staple Southern dishes like catfish, meatloaf, and crab cakes and top it off with peach cobbler or a piece of buttercream cake.

Type: American, Southern

Location: Richmond, VA

El Caporal Mexican Restaurant

This casual family-friendly restaurant features traditional Mexican dishes, a vegetarian menu, and margaritas in a bright, festive environment. The carnitas, fajitas, and queso come highly recommended, as do the drink specials.

Type: Mexican

Location: Richmond, VA

The Roosevelt

If craft cocktails, local flavors and Southern cooking peak your interest, then reserve a table at The Roosevelt for brunch or dinner. Order a cocktail and enjoy specialties like rockfish, mussels, and stone ground grits in a charming, relaxed atmosphere.

Type: American, local cuisine

Location: Richmond, VA

L’Opossum

With an eclectic decor and an unusual menu, this restaurant is not one to miss. Exceptional service paired with delicious dishes, including filet mignon, lobster ‘n’ cheese, and eggs with caviar, make for a unique dining experience.

Type: French, American

Location: Richmond, VA

Shopping

Short Pump Town Center

Minutes from downtown Richmond, this shopping center has over 140 shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues to keep you preoccupied. Dine at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, check out a show at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, or have fun with the kids aboard the Short Pump Express or at the Children’s Museum

Location: Richmond, VA

West End Antiques Mall

If you’re looking for more vintage souvenirs to take home, then check out this antiques warehouse, featuring aisles and aisles of books, artwork, jewelry, furniture and other unique treasures to uncover.

Location: Richmond, VA

Sightseeing

Richmond National Battlefield Park

This park commemorates 13 Civil War battlefields around Richmond, which was the capital of the Confederacy. Understand more about our country’s heritage by taking a ranger-led tour, visiting the museum, or hiking through the battlefields. Admission is free.

Location: Richmond, VA

Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum

This museum is dedicated to the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe, an American literary genius who called Richmond home. It houses the world’s largest collection of Poe memorabilia and hosts regular events including book readings and ‘unhappy’ hours. Admission costs $8.

Location: Richmond, VA

Marymont Mansion & Gardens

This 100-acre estate was home to the Dooley family but is now open to the public. Stroll through the Japanese gardens, tour the historic mansion, picnic on the lawn, or pet a goat at the petting zoo. Admission is free, although donations are accepted.

Location: Richmond, VA

Berkeley Plantation

Known as “Virginia’s Most Historic Plantation,” this plantation is the site of the first official Thanksgiving in 1619, the birthplace of President William Henry Harrison, and a former campsite for Union troops during the Civil War. Admission costs $12.50 for access to the house, museum and gardens.

Location: Charles City, VA

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How to Get to
Pocahontas State Park

Pocahontas State Park is located in Chesterfield about 20 miles south of Richmond.

From Richmond, take Interstate 75 S and continue for 12 miles. Take exit 62 for VA-288 N toward Chesterfield / Powhite Parkway. Continue on VA-288 N for 6 miles, then take the VA-10 E / Iron Bridge Road exit toward Chesterfield. After exiting, take a right on VA-604 / Courthouse Road. The park entrance is on your left. 

Address: 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832

Entering Pocahontas State Park

Admission to Pocahontas State Park is $7 per vehicle on weekdays and $10 on weekends (April to October). The park is open every day from 7am until dusk.

Pocahontas State Park offers you plenty of outdoor adventures, so get out there and enjoy yourself! We’d love to share your trip on our blog or social media, so be sure to tag us in your social media posts or send us a photo at [email protected]. Happy camping!