POCAHONTAS STATE PARK
Just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, the capital of Virginia, Pocahontas State Park has been one of the more popular parks in the state park system. Swift Creek forms the nucleus of the park, which is centered in a wildlife management area.
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), this was the first recreational park in the Richmond-Petersburg-Hopewell area. The National Park Service donated the facility to Virginia State Parks in 1946, making it the largest Virginia state parks with more than 7,600 acres and two small lakes. The area was renamed Pocahontas State Park and Pocahontas State Forest and was operated under a cooperative management arrangement with the Department of Forestry. In 1989 a new master plan, funded jointly by the Commonwealth of Virginia and Chesterfield County, called for expansion of park facilities to accommodate the large urban population surrounding the park. Today the entire area is operated as Pocahontas State Park. The park is undergoing massive renovation to expand and upgrade its facilities.
The park is named after Pocahontas, the famed daughter of Chief Powhatan, who was ruler over the tribes in the Powhatan Confederacy of the Algonquin Nation. Legend has it that Pocahontas saved Captain John Smith?s life when he was held captive by the Powhatan Confederacy. She later married John Rolfe and traveled with him to London where she died of smallpox.
Pool and Aquatic Recreation Center open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. During summer months, enjoy one day of free swimming for each night of overnight camping for registered guests. However, it cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require that swimming be closed. We do not give refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances. Group cabins and lodge guests do not recieve free swimming, although they do receive discounted swimming prices - please refer to the fees pages for details.
During daylight hours only, enjoy fishing Swift Creek and Beaver Lake. Private boats may be used on Swift Creek Lake. Gas-powered boats are prohibited, but electric motors are allowed. A valid Virginia fishing license is required and must be purchased prior to arrival in the park. The park rents canoes, kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats from Memorial Day through Labor Day at Swift Creek Lake.