Powhatan State Park

Powhatan State Park

You'll find Powhatan State Park in the northwest corner of Powhatan County on the historic James River. The park has diverse wildlife habitat, from open fields to upland hardwood forests. Guests can use the park's car-top boat slide to access the river. Other amenities include a canoe-in campground, multi-use trails, wildlife observation areas, picnic shelters and a playground.

The park has about 7.3 miles of multi-use trails through various habitats including field edge, upland pine forest and mature hardwoods. The trails provide excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife.  Visitors launching a canoe or kayak from the park may enjoy a 5-mile float down river to the Maidens boat launch. This stretch of water is generally flat.

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The park is open from dawn until dusk.

(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.)


$4 parking fee; weekdays and weekends, in and out of state


Powhatan State Park fosters wildlife viewing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and picnicking.  Additionally, there are horseshoe pits by the river picnic area.


Powhatan State Park was the vision of many in the Powhatan County community and several members of the general assembly. In 2003, 1,564 acres were transferred from the Department of Juvenile Justice to the Department of Conservation and Recreation for the development of a park. It is meant to fill a need in central Virginia for a state park with access to the James River and with day-use and overnight facilities.


Last updated: September 22, 2022