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Pocahontas Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Chesterfield, VA 23832 (12.326 miles)

Just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, offers a wide range of interpretive and environmental education programs.

Official Website: Pocahontas

Sandy Point Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking Horseback

Central Garage, VA 23086 (26.452 miles)

2,043-acres located approximately 13 miles southeast of Central Garage off Route 30.

Official Website: Sandy Point

Zoar Hiking Camping Biking

Aylett, VA 23086 (26.452 miles)

Used to grow timber, maintain wildlife habitat and to provide educational and recreational opportunities.

Official Website: Zoar

Crawfords Hiking Camping

Providence Forge, VA 23124 (27.900 miles)

A wildlife sanctuary used for forestry demonstration and education, history, research, hiking, and canoeing.

Official Website: Crawfords

Bear Creek Lake Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Cumberland, VA 23040 (39.088 miles)

Nestled in central Virginia, less than an hour west of Richmond and the perfect getaway for an outdoor enthusiast.

Official Website: Bear Creek Lake

Cumberland Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking Horseback

Cumberland, VA 23040 (39.088 miles)

16,222-acre Forest, located north of State Route 60, with a variety of recreational opportunities.

Official Website: Cumberland

Dragon Run Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking

West Point, VA 23085 (39.123 miles)

The 1,811-acre Dragon Run State Forest is located in King and Queen County, 15 miles north of West Point,

Official Website: Dragon Run

Lake Anna Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Spotsylvania, VA 22551 (43.376 miles)

One of Virginia’s most popular lakes with a fishing pond accessible to children and people with disabilities.

Official Website: Lake Anna

Browne Hiking Hunting Camping Biking

Tappahannock, VA 22437 (44.730 miles)

Located 10 miles southeast of Tappahannock, 45 miles northeast of Richmond, and 65 miles northwest of Newport News.

Official Website: Browne

York River Hiking Fishing Biking Horseback Boating

Williamsburg, VA 23188 (45.861 miles)

Known for its rare and delicate estuarine environment where freshwater and saltwater meet.

Official Website: York River

Prince Edward-Gallion Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking

Green Bay, VA 23901 (51.229 miles)

Recreational opportunities include hiking, wildlife watching, biking, horseback riding, hunting and fishing.

Official Website: Prince Edward-Gallion

High Bridge Trail Hiking Biking Horseback

Green Bay, VA 23942 (52.420 miles)

A linear state park, its centerpiece is High Bridge,more than 2,400' long rising 160' above the Appomattox River.

Official Website: High Bridge Trail

Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Hiking Camping

Green Bay, VA 23942 (52.420 miles)

A quarter of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army were killed, wounded or captured on April 6, 1865, at the battle of Sailor’s Creek.

Official Website: Sailor’s Creek Battlefield

Twin Lakes Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Green Bay, VA 23942 (52.420 miles)

This historic park offers a full array of cultural, environmental and recreational activities.

Official Website: Twin Lakes

Chippokes Plantation Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback

Surry, VA 23883 (53.034 miles)

The oldest continually farmed plantations in the country. A working farm since 1619, experience life in a bygone era.

Official Website: Chippokes Plantation

Caledon Natural Area Hiking Camping

King George, VA 22485 (54.171 miles)

A National Natural Landmark, summer home to one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles on the East Coast.

Official Website: Caledon Natural Area

Belle Isle Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Lancaster, VA 22503 (58.110 miles)

Belle Isle lets visitors explore a wide variety of tidal wetlands interspersed with agricultural fields and upland forests.

Official Website: Belle Isle

Chilton Woods Hiking Hunting Camping Biking

Lancaster, VA 22503 (58.110 miles)

The property is entirely in forestland of various aged loblolly pine stands, which were nurtured and maintained by the Chilton family for many decades.

Official Website: Chilton Woods

Westmoreland Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Montross, VA 22520 (59.056 miles)

On the Potomac River’s Northern Neck, this park offers many opportunities for family fun

Official Website: Westmoreland

Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve Hiking Boating

Kilmarnock, VA 22482 (63.688 miles)

Contains excellent examples of tidal and non-tidal wetlands. Facilities include trails, a woodland boardwalk, and interpretive signs.

Official Website: Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve

Prince William Forest Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking

Triangle, VA 22172 (68.227 miles)

35-miles from D.C. Oasis of nature & history. Picnicking, hiking, camping, orienteering, & more.

Official Website: Prince William Forest Park

Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve Hiking Fishing Boating

Burgess, VA 22432 (68.228 miles)

Pristine Chesapeake Bay beach and wetland features canoe/kayak launch site

Official Website: Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve

James River Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Gladstone, VA 24553 (71.532 miles)

1,500 acres of rolling grasslands, quiet forests and beautiful vistas,3 miles of shoreline along the James River.

Official Website: James River

Holliday Lake Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Appomattox, VA 24522 (72.697 miles)

Deep in the heart of Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, Holliday Lake is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast.

Official Website: Holliday Lake

Appomattox-Buckingham Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking Horseback

Appomattox, VA 24522 (72.697 miles)

19,808 ac of oak-hickory and pine. Carter-Taylor Trail is open for walking, hiking, horses, and mtn bikes.

Official Website: Appomattox-Buckingham

Leesylvania Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Woodbridge, VA 22191 (73.814 miles)

Listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, Leesylvania offers many land and water activities .

Official Website: Leesylvania

North Carolina Game Lands Hunting

See Official Website, NC 27850 (76.727 miles)

Game land users should identify boundaries on the ground before hunting, trapping or fishing. Game lands are posted with signs to aid sportsmen in locating each tract. Be sure to refer to Hunting/Trapping regulations to identify regulations and exceptions specific to game lands.

Official Website: North Carolina Game Lands

Staunton River Battlefield Hiking Camping Biking Horseback

Randolph, VA 23962 (77.058 miles)

A Civil War historic site, exhibits on Native Americans and electric energy production.

Official Website: Staunton River Battlefield

Conway-Robinson Hiking Camping Biking

Manassas, VA 22192 (77.141 miles)

A wildlife and wildflower sanctuary, used for environmental ed, watershed protection and timber production.

Official Website: Conway-Robinson

Mason Neck Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Lorton, VA 22079 (78.899 miles)

Just a short drive from Washington, D.C., this Northern Virginia park offers a range of outdoor activities and programs.

Official Website: Mason Neck

Whitney Hiking Camping Biking

Warrenton, VA 20186 (79.041 miles)

This 148-acre forest is used for timber production, recreation, research and as a wildlife sanctuary.

Official Website: Whitney

Kiptopeke Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Cape Charles, VA 23310 (85.813 miles)

Recreational access to the Chesapeake Bay as well as an opportunity to explore unique migratory bird habitat along the Atlantic flyway.

Official Website: Kiptopeke

Devil's Backbone

Strasburg, VA 22849 (86.126 miles)

The Devil's Backbone State Forest is presently not available for general public visitation.

Official Website: Devil's Backbone

Occoneechee Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Clarksville, VA 23927 (86.970 miles)

Occoneechee on the John H. Kerr Reservoir, better known as Buggs Island Lake is popular with anglers and boaters.

Official Website: Occoneechee

Staunton River Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Scottsburg, VA 24589 (87.593 miles)

Offers much to families and outdoor enthusiasts, woods, meadows and shoreline along the Dan and Staunton rivers.

Official Website: Staunton River

Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve Hiking

Eastville, VA 23347 (88.823 miles)

Chesapeake Bay beach, dune, and maritime forest communities. Excellent migratory songbird habitat.

Official Website: Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve

Shenandoah National Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback

Luray, VA 22835 (90.352 miles)

300-square mile mountain park. 105-mile Skyline Drive. 500 miles of hiking trails. Views & wildlife.

Official Website: Shenandoah National Park

Merchants Mill Pond State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Gatesville, NC 27938 (93.479 miles)

An "enchanted forest," primitive species of fish relatively unchanged over millions of years, towering bald cypress trees with massive trunks, luxuriant growths of Spanish moss—this is Merchants Millpond State Park. Here, coastal pond and southern swamp forest mingle, creating one of North Carolina's rarest ecological communities.

Official Website: Merchants Mill Pond State Park

Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr. Shenandoah River Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Bentonville, VA 22610 (94.282 miles)

On the South Fork of the Shenandoah River with more than 1,600 acres along 5.2 miles of shoreline.

Official Website: Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr. Shenandoah River

Lesesne Hiking

Lovingston, VA 24580 (94.478 miles)

A wildlife sanctuary and designated for research on the American Chestnut.

Official Website: Lesesne

Sky Meadows Hiking Fishing Camping Horseback

Delaplane, VA 20144 (94.520 miles)

The park has scenic vistas, rolling pastures and woodlands,see how a middle-class farm family of the 1860s lived.

Official Website: Sky Meadows

Medoc Mountain State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Horseback Boating

Hollister, NC 27844 (94.891 miles)

Should the humdrum of nine-to-five leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Medoc Mountain State Park. A pleasurable excursion awaits just a 1.5-hour drive from the Research Triangle.

Official Website: Medoc Mountain State Park

Paul Hiking Camping Biking

Harrisonburg, VA 22821 (96.674 miles)

Primary uses include hardwood research, timber production, hiking, and wildlife habitat protection.

Official Website: Paul

First Landing Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Va Beach, VA 23451 (97.205 miles)

On 4/26/1607 English settlers landed here and established the first elective government in English America.

Official Website: First Landing

False Cape Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Va Beach, VA 23456 (97.577 miles)

False Cape State Park is one of the few remaining undeveloped areas along the Atlantic Coast.

Official Website: False Cape

Dismal Swamp State Park Hiking Biking Boating

South Mills, NC 27976 (98.519 miles)

Feel your daily stresses melt away as you cross the historic Dismal Swamp Canal and walk along the 300-foot boardwalk into this geological wonder. Experience first hand the lush swamp forest and get up-close and personal with the wide variety of wildlife.

Official Website: Dismal Swamp State Park

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Henderson, NC 27537 (98.945 miles)

Set a course for Kerr Lake State Recreation Area to enjoy sailing, fishing, water skiing and camping. This 50,000-acre, man-made lake is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and landlubbers alike.

Official Website: Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

Bourassa

Bedford, VA 24523 (110.324 miles)

288 ac located north of Smith Mountain Lake, used for timber production, an outdoor lab, and a wildlife sanctuary.

Official Website: Bourassa

Smith Mountain Lake Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Huddleston, VA 24104 (116.039 miles)

Located on the second largest freshwater lake in the state, the park is a water enthusiast’s paradise.

Official Website: Smith Mountain Lake

Douthat Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Milboro, VA 24460 (119.529 miles)

A traditional family park for more than 70 years, Douthat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Official Website: Douthat

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Hiking Camping

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (122.396 miles)

550 miles of 2,175-mile footpath in VA. Camping & other regulations vary along route. Plan ahead.

Official Website: Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Fall lake State Recreation Area Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Wake Forest, NC 27587 (124.085 miles)

Hours of relaxation await you at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Falls Lake is a great way to escape urban life. With a 12,000-acre lake and 26,000 acres of woodlands, Falls Lake State Recreation Area offers a choice of recreation areas.

Official Website: Fall lake State Recreation Area

Eno River State park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Durham, NC 27705 (133.182 miles)

Minutes from Durham, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity of a clear river drifting and cascading over a rocky stream bed. Its waters roll through wilderness, passing historic mill sites, river bluffs covered with flowering shrubs, and fords used by early settlers.

Official Website: Eno River State park

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area Hiking Fishing

Durham, NC 27705 (133.182 miles)

High scenic views and mountain trails await you at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. This Piedmont monadnock has been recognized as one of the most important natural areas in the Triangle. With 190 acres of land and nearly three miles of trails, visitors can experience a wide variety of the area's natural surroundings and wildlife.

Official Website: Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve Hiking

Rocky Mount, VA 24151 (135.797 miles)

Excellent hiking and nature study opportunities.

Official Website: Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve

Pettigrew State park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Creswell, NC 27928 (135.963 miles)

With more than 1,300 acres of land around Lake Phelps and more than 3,000 acres along the Scuppernong River, with an additional 16,600 acres of water, Pettigrew State Park is an ideal blend of nature, history and recreation.

Official Website: Pettigrew State park

William B. Umstead State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Raleigh, NC 27617 (138.816 miles)

Tucked between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham and the corporate world of Research Triangle Park is an oasis of tranquility, a peaceful haven—William B. Umstead State Park.

Official Website: William B. Umstead State Park

Jordan Lake Educational State Forest Hiking

Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (140.737 miles)

Jordan Lake Educational State Forest is one of the newest members of North Carolina's Educational State Forest system. At the Forest, visitors can listen to the wind in the trees or they can listen to the trees tell a story. The Forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife including birds of prey, deer, songbirds, flying squirrels and beavers.

Official Website: Jordan Lake Educational State Forest

Niday Place Hiking

New Castle, VA 24127 (141.284 miles)

This 254-acre forest is a wildlife sanctuary and used as an outdoor laboratory, and for preservation of wildflowers.

Official Website: Niday Place

Goose Creek State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Washington, NC 27889 (142.808 miles)

Giant, old oaks draped in Spanish moss welcome you to this special world where broad, lazy Goose Creek joins the Pamlico River.

Official Website: Goose Creek State Park

Clemmons Educational State Forest Hiking

Clayton, NC 27520 (143.338 miles)

The first of North Carolina's Educational State Forests, Clemmons opened in 1976 in Johnston County. Featuring self-guided trails and exhibits, as well as Ranger-conducted classes, the forest offers a wealth of experiences for the senses and the mind.

Official Website: Clemmons Educational State Forest

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Apex, NC 27523 (147.340 miles)

With almost 14,000 acres of water and nine recreation areas, there is much to discover at Jordan Lake. Whether you're looking for fun in the sun or an evening under the stars, Jordan Lake offers it all.

Official Website: Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Hiking Fishing Hunting Boating

Manteo, NC 27954 (154.138 miles)

Alligator River Refuge was established to preserve and protect a unique wetland habitat type - the pocosin - and its associated wildlife species. The diversity of habitat types include high and low pocosin, bogs, fresh and brackish water marshes, hardwood swamps, and Atlantic white cedar swamps.

Official Website: Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Jockey's Ridge State Park Hiking

Nags Head, NC 27959 (158.290 miles)

There are many reasons why millions of people visit Jockey's Ridge State Park. Some come to see the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast; others come for the spectacular sunsets.

Official Website: Jockey's Ridge State Park

Fairy Stone Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Stuart, VA 24171 (163.166 miles)

Home of the legendary fairy stones, known for its 168-acre lake just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Official Website: Fairy Stone

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Seven Springs, NC 28578 (165.129 miles)

At the turn of the century visitors flocked to the area. They drank mineral water from local springs to cure their ills and they took riverboat excursions to the cliffs. Things have changed since then, however, the cliffs remain virtually unaltered, standing as a journal of the geological and biological history of the land. Look down this spectacular formation to the river far below, now protected within the boundaries of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park.

Official Website: Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge Hiking Fishing Hunting Boating

Swan Quarter, NC 27885 (165.490 miles)

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, located in Carteret County, North Carolina is on the end of a peninsula marking the southern end of Pamlico Sound. The refuge lies five miles west of the Atlantic Ocean and about 40 miles northeast of Beaufort, North Carolina. Established in 1964, the refuge consists of approximately 11,000 acres of irregularly-flooded, brackish marsh and 3,480 acres of pocosin and woodland habitat.

Official Website: Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge Hiking Fishing Hunting Boating

Swan Quarter, NC 27885 (165.490 miles)

Located in eastern North Carolina in Hyde County, the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge consists of more than 50,000 acres of water, marsh, timber and crop lands. The refuge's most significant feature is Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural lake in North Carolina.

Official Website: Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

Raven Rock State park Hiking Fishing Camping Horseback Boating

Lillington, NC 27546 (166.578 miles)

Adventure is just an hour's drive from the Research Triangle and only 45 minutes from the Fayetteville area. The first feeling you are likely to experience at Raven Rock is one of renewal. Here, the forest reigns as each year the timeless cycle of growth further heals age-old wounds inflicted by man. Nature triumphs as plants compete in the stages of forest succession and the woodlands are restored.

Official Website: Raven Rock State park

Hanging Rock State park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Danbury, NC 27016 (168.392 miles)

Not far from the cities of the Triad area, off the four-lane highways there's another North Carolina to be discovered—sheer cliffs and peaks of bare rock, quiet forests and cascading waterfalls, views of the piedmont plateau that stretch for miles.

Official Website: Hanging Rock State park

Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve Hiking

Willis, VA 24380 (170.030 miles)

Excellent hiking and oustanding views near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Official Website: Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve

Croatan National Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking Horseback Boating

New Bern, NC 28560 (173.694 miles)

Discover a matrix of longleaf pine forests, evergreen-shrub bogs, and wetlands

Official Website: Croatan National Forest

Claytor Lake Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Dublin, VA 24084 (176.071 miles)

An ideal setting for swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking, Claytor Lake is widely known for sport fishing and boating.

Official Website: Claytor Lake

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Hiking Fishing Hunting Boating

Rodanthe, NC 27968 (179.284 miles)

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 "as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife", including the greater snow goose and other migratory waterfowl.

Official Website: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pilot Mountain State Park Hiking Fishing Horseback Boating

Pinnacle, NC 27043 (184.798 miles)

Approach from any direction and see Pilot Mountain rising more than 1,400 feet above the rolling countryside of the upper Piedmont plateau. Dedicated as a National Natural Landmark in 1976, this solitary peak is the centerpiece of Pilot Mountain State Park.

Official Website: Pilot Mountain State Park

New River Trail Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Foster Falls, VA 24360 (191.146 miles)

New River Trail is a 57-mile linear park that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way.

Official Website: New River Trail

Shot Tower Hiking

Foster Falls, VA 24360 (191.146 miles)

The shot tower was built nearly 200 years ago to make ammunition for firearms of the early settlers.

Official Website: Shot Tower

Hawks

Hillsville, VA 24351 (191.755 miles)

Used to demonstrate and manage forestry species indigenous to Southwest Virginia.

Official Website: Hawks

Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve Hiking

Southern Pines, NC 28387 (195.567 miles)

The Sandhills region consists of nearly one million acres in south-central North Carolina. In the midst of this sandy terrain—famous for golf courses, peach orchards and horse farms—is Weymouth Woods, a 900-acre natural preserve.

Official Website: Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Matthews Hiking Hunting Camping Biking

Galax, VA 24333 (197.179 miles)

Used for American Chestnut research, demonstration of white pine management and as a wildlife sanctuary.

Official Website: Matthews

Uwharrie National Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Troy, NC 27371 (199.961 miles)

Though small, at only 50,189 acres, the Uwharrie provides a variety of natural resources, including clean rivers and streams, diverse vegetation for scenery, wildlife habitat and wood products. There is also a wide variety of recreational activities, and the Forest is a natural setting for tourism and economic development.

Official Website: Uwharrie National Forest