Pocahontas State Park

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Pocahontas State Park, Virginia, USA
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Lake at Pocahontas State Park in Virginia
Map showing the location of Pocahontas State Park, Virginia, USA
Map showing the location of Pocahontas State Park, Virginia, USA
Map showing the location of Pocahontas State Park, Virginia, USA
Map showing the location of Pocahontas State Park, Virginia, USA
Location of Pocahontas State Park
Location 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832
Coordinates 37°22′29.3022″N 77°34′18.4146″W / 37.374806167°N 77.571781833°W / 37.374806167; -77.571781833Coordinates: 37°22′29.3022″N 77°34′18.4146″W / 37.374806167°N 77.571781833°W / 37.374806167; -77.571781833
Area 8,115 acres (3,284 ha)
Established 1946
Governing body Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Pocahontas State Park is a state park located in Chesterfield, Virginia, United States, not far from the state capitol of Richmond. The park was laid out by the Civilian Conservation Corps along the Swift Creek, and at 7,950 acres (32.2 km2) was, at its creation, Virginia's largest state park.

The park is named after Chief Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas.

Civilian Conservation Corps Museum[edit]

The park is the site of the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum with exhibits about the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Virginia. Located in a building constructed by the CCC, the museum's exhibits include photographs, artifacts and personal mementos.

Mountain biking[edit]

There are many miles of mountain biking singletrack available at Pocahontas for a variety of skill levels. These narrow trails feature log hops, tight turns, water crossings, and rock gardens. The park uses a ski style grading system to mark the singletrack, that is different from other trails in the park. There are 3 distinct trail systems in the park, Morgan trail system, Lakeview trail system, and the newest system, Swift Creek trail system. These trails are maintained in large part by a 501c3 volunteer organization, the Friends of Pocahontas aka FOPSP. A number of races occur annually in the park.

In addition to the single track, there are miles and miles of multi-use fire roads around the park. A number of fairly well-marked routes exist for visitors to follow.

Fishing[edit]

The park has a number of streams and lakes for fishing. The park also has a few fishing events and permit-free days. Expect to catch small panfish, largemouth bass,

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