Twin Lakes State Park

Twin Lakes State Park

In the heart of central Virginia, this 548-acre, historic park offers many cultural, environmental and recreational activities. Overnight accommodations include a campground and climate-controlled cabins. Visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, boating and lakeside picnicking. The Cedar Crest Conference Center on Prince Edward Lake is available for weddings, family gatherings, retreats and business meetings.

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Hours

Open daily dawn to 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.)

Fees

Admission is free. There is a $8 parking fee

Swimming Fees:

Children Under 3 are Free
Children 3-12 years--$1.50 weekday and $2 weekend
Adults 13+ year--$2.50 weekday and $3 weekend

History

The land for Twin Lakes State Park was initially bought from struggling farmers by the federal government during the Great Depression. Two parks, Goodwin Lake Recreational Area and Prince Edward Lake, were founded in 1939. In 1948, M. Conrad Martin was denied access to Staunton River State Park, and a subsequent lawsuit filed against the state led to the establishment of Prince Edward State Park as Virginia’s eighth state park in 1950. The two lake parks operated as racially segregated parks until the early 1960s. In 1976, the parks merged, and the site was renamed Twin Lakes State Park in 1986.

Activities

  • Swimming 
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Picnicking
  • Horse trails
  • Fishing

Facilities

Facilities include a conference center, boat ramps, campites, cabins, RV sites, and showers.

Accessibility

Day use area: Picnic area restroom facility (sinks, toilet), concrete sidewalk access and designated disability parking; wheelchair clearances into the building make this area accessible. Picnic shelter 1 is wheelchair accessible and includes one ADA-compliant picnic table.
Concession building: This building includes ADA-compliant doorways, and concrete walks for access to the building and from the building to the beach. Also restrooms are universally accessible, and there are marked parking areas.
The Cedar Crest Conference Center pavilion is universally accessible. The bathrooms at the conference center are also universally accessible.
Although motorized vehicles are not permitted on park trails, electric wheelchairs and electric scooters that meet the federal definition for wheelchairs are allowed to enable people with disabilities to use the trails.

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