Deep in the heart of Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, Holliday Lake State Park is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. Fishing for largemouth bass, yellow perch, 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, a camp store, 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.
Excellent hike by yourself or with your dogs! Access right from park to 5-7 mile hike around the lake. Enough incline to make it notable but easy enough to label it a moderate hike. View of the dam when walking the enclosed/gaited bridge added bonus! Then afterwards take out your kayak or canoe, fishing or just relaxing. Public bathrooms and picnic area at start/finish of hike in the park area. Concessions and beach only open in season. Parking only 3$ for day, state park fee.
Did this hike on a warm Saturday in November and loved it, didn't see a single person at the park besides one ranger. Very peaceful and nice views of the lake. Side note wear orange during hunting season because half the trail goes outside the park boundary and we heard gunshots and ran into a cute little hunting beagle on the trail.