James River State Park,
Bent Creek, Virginia
James River State Park, six miles down river from Bent Creek, opened
June 20, 1999. The park has three miles of river frontage, 1,500 acres
of rolling farm meadows, three fishing ponds, beautiful vistas, 15
miles of hiking trails and quiet forests.
The waters of the James have shaped life in this area's past and
will shape its future. Monacan Indians, the earliest known settlers,
hunted, fished and traveled the river. In the early 1700s, the Cabell
family settled along the river, cultivated the rich soils of the
floodplain and shipped produce down river to Richmond. A flat-bottomed
boat known as the bateau was invented and the Kanawha canal was built
to make travel and shipping on the river easier. The James River
brought people to this area, provided for their needs and helped them
build a future.
The park offers opportunities to explore the wildlife and habitat
native to the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Whether floating, fishing or
hiking, you can enjoy breathtaking views found only at James River
Learn more at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/jam.shtml.
James River State Park is located in Buckingham County. From U.S. 60
West, turn right onto Route 605 (Riverside Dr.) at the James River
Bridge. Travel seven miles, then turn left onto Route 606.
There are a limited number of parking spaces available at the lodge
and cabins. Please carpool to Winter Quest, if possible!
* From Richmond, travel west on Rt. 60 towards Amherst for about 60
miles. Turn right onto Rt. 605 (Riverside Dr.), and go 7 miles to the
park entrance on the left.
* From Lynchburg, travel east on 460 to Appomattox. Take the Rt. 26
exit (Business 460). Turn left at stop sign onto Rt. 26 (Oakville Rd.).
Continue about 12 miles to stop sign at Rt. 60 and go straight across
Rt. 60 onto Rt. 605 (Riverside Dr.). Continue 7 miles to the park
entrance on left.
* From Farmville, travel Rt. 15 north to Dillwyn, Sprouses Corner.
Turn left onto Rt. 60 west and continue for about 25 miles. Turn right
on Rt. 605 (Riverside Dr.) and go about 7 miles to park entrance on
* Drive Time : Northern Va., three hours; Richmond, two hours;
Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, four hours; Roanoke, two hours
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For more information, contact the Director, Dick Merritt, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (919) 644-6310.