Conway Robinson Memorial State Forest

Conway Robinson Memorial State Forest

The Conway Robinson State Forest (CRSF) is “an urban oasis” – a beautiful forest in the midst of the most developed urban/suburban area in Virginia. In fact, the 444 acres of pine plantation, mixed pine and old-growth hardwoods that comprise the CRSF make it one of the largest tracts of undeveloped land owned by the Commonwealth in all of Northern Virginia. And with more than two million people living within 30 miles of this State Forest, its importance as a research and educational tool demonstrating the value of forests to the community is sure to increase. Many people come to walk, hike, mountain bike or ride horses on the Forest’s trails. Others come to learn about forest management or observe the birds, animals and trees that thrive here.

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Hours

7 am to 7 pm

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

A State Forest Use Permit may be required for visitors to the state forests.

Activities

Activites include hiking, mountain biking, hunting, horseback riding and nature viewing.

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Facilities

  • Conway-Robinson has a small parking area adjacent Route 29-S which can accommodate approximately 10 cars. Additional parking is permitted along the entrance/exit road unless it restricts through traffic.
  • One picnic shelter
  • 5.1 miles of trails
  • No public restrooms

Accessibility

Parking accomodations for up to ten cars, additional parking near entrance/exit permitted

History

The Forest’s namesake was a 19th century lawyer, historian and author who argued approximately 100 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Born in 1805, he became a court clerk apprentice at the age of 14; published his first book at 21; help found the Virginia Historical Society at 26; led the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad when he was 31; was elected to the Richmond City Council at 44, and served in the House of Delegates when he was 47. Robinson died in 1884 and is buried in Richmond’s historic Hollywood Cemetery. The Conway Robinson Park Memorial Association sought to perpetuate the memory of this distinguished Virginian through the development of a state forest.

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Last updated: October 11, 2019
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