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Holiday Lake State Park
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2759 State Park Road
Appomattox, Virginia   24522

Phone: 434-248-6308
Toll Free: 800-933-7275
Reservations: 434-248-6308
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Deep in the heart of Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, Holliday Lake State Park is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill is a popular activity in the 150-acre lake within the park. The nearby state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries delayed-harvest trout stream allows anglers to fish for brown and rainbow trout. The park also features excellent trails open to hikers, bikers and equestrians. Swimming is a popular summer activity at the park's life-guarded beach where the "Critter Hole" play area is a favorite of young visitors. Park facilities include a 30-site campground, a large shaded picnic area, two picnic shelters, two playgrounds, a boat ramp, a seasonal full-service concession stand and campstore, and canoe, rowboat and paddle boat rentals. Interpretive and environmental education programs also are available for school and scout groups. This park is just minutes from the famous Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the site of General Robert E. Lee's surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant in 1865.
History of the Area
The area encompassing Holliday Lake State Park and the surrounding state forest was cleared in the 1800s for farmland. In the 1930s the federal government, through the Resettlement Administration, began buying the farms to return the land to its former productive hardwood forest state. Construction of a dam was begun at Fish Pond Creek, then relocated to Holliday Creek where a lake could be developed. Traces of family cemeteries can still be found in the area. After Holliday Lake was completed in 1938, the Commonwealth of Virginia, through an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, took over the management of the new day-use recreational area. In 1972, with the addition of campgrounds, the area became a state park.
Day-UseHiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
Beach area. Open during the summer season, the swimming beach is complete with a bathhouse and concession operation featuring a range of sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Camping, fishing and beach supplies are available at the park store. In the summer, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, 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.
Boat Launching: Available. Electric engines only. No gas-powered boats.

Boat Rentals: (1st weekend April through last weekend September, weather permitting). Weekends only prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Daily Memorial Day-Labor Day 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; (half day and full day rentals available): rowboats, canoes, paddleboats.
Fishing available with valid Virginia fishing license. (Licenses are not sold at the park.)

The park offers lakeside picnicking near the swimming beach. Picnic facilities include tables, drinking water, grills and restrooms. Picnic shelters are available by reservation by calling the Reservation Center (1-800-933-PARK). Small shelters only.

Two shelters are available for rent. Parking and swimming fees are not included in shelter rental. Click here for park fees. Shelters can be rented from 8 a.m. to dark (all day).

Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee.

Amenities: Both shelters have grill, picnic tables and access to restroom.

Shelter 1:

* Located adjacent to the edge of the lake, near restroom.

* Shelter can accommodate 25 people under the shelter. Seating for an additional 25 people is available around shelter.

Shelter 2:

* Near swimming beach.

* Shelter can accommodate 36 people under the shelter. Seating for an additional 25+ people is available around the shelter.

* Wooden ramp for wheelchair access into shelter.
The park has five hiking trails and one aquatic trail. Lakeshore Trail is a 6.3-mile hiking trail that loops around the lake and the Holliday Lake 4-H Educational Center, passing through a hardwood forest, wetlands and managed pine plantation. Saunders Creek Trail provides access from the campground to the picnic area and is .1-mile in length. Dogwood Ridge Trail is a .7-mile loop just above the park's picnic area. Northridge Trail is .4-miles and provides a ridge top walk from the picnic area to the northern end of Holliday Lake and hooks up with the Lakeshore Trail. The Sunfish Aquatic Trail is a self-guided water adventure that requires a boat and free trail brochure. A brochure map and numbered stop's provide information about the lake and environment as you paddle or peddle around its edges. A trailhead for the Carter Taylor can also be found in the park. This trail is a 12-mile loop in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest for hikers, bicycle riders and horseback riders.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 14 Great memories here as a child by Di
park review stars; one to five Grew up in Richmond VA and we used to go here all the time. I remember the zip line into the lake, paddle boats and SO much more. Would love to bring my family and granddaughters on our next trip up there
October 13 Beautiful Park by Lynn
park review stars; one to five A fairly long ride down a nicely paved road into the well-kept and clean park. The view around the lake, the weather, and our family get-together was great. Shelter 1 was a good location near restrooms and playground. We loved it in October.
June 17 great 4 everyone by i love with holiday
park review stars; one to five this is a great place 2 go i will go back i love the lake it has a great view andi love the play ground and i am only 12
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