The park was recognized in 2007 as a National Historic Landmark and a Virginia Historic Landmark. Many structures in the park, including the cabins, pool-house and picnic shelters, are little changed from when they were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. Tucked away in south central Virginia, the park lies on 2,400 acres between the Dan and Staunton Rivers at the threshold of Buggs Island Lake (also known as Kerr Reservoir). The largest lake in Virginia is only one of the parks many attractions, which include an Olympic size pool with a 70-foot waterslide, a smaller log slide and the Pollywog Pond, which is a water playground for children (there is a size limit on this pool). The shaded campgrounds, rustic cabins, picturesque picnic shelters, well-maintained nature trails, and plenty of exciting outdoor opportunities for the whole family make Staunton River State Park the perfect place for your vacation.

Trail in good shape. Mostly shaded by high canopy. Bit buggy but that’s expected near the river. We liked it a lot.

All types of trails rolled into one hills,flats,views.
Had different views at different sections of trail. Vista views from high points, River views, Lake views, and beautiful views thru the woods.
Trail was marked very well easy to follow and well maintained even after a bad wind storm. Will be returning in Spring, Summer,and Fall to enjoy this park and trail system.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Staunton River State Park is a little gem in the south of VA, and close to Occoneechee State Park off to the east in Clarksville. The park has a number of trails. This hike combined 2 trails together - the River Bank and the Twin Loops. The River bank trail is estimated to be 8.5 miles and the Twin Loops at 2.5 miles but combining the 2 together ended up being just shy of 9.6 miles hence I am a little skeptical that the posted signs and park map are as accurate as stated. The River Bank trail skirts sections of Buggs Island Lake, Staunton River and Dan River. The best views are along the shoreline by Buggs Island Lake - the detour to the viewpoint is well worth a visit. Twin Loops trail is alot of ups and downs in a beech forest often skirting the park boundary - it has little to offer than adding to the mileage. There are a host of other trails in the park that could be taken to modify this particular route - for example River Bank, Robin's Roost, Crow's Nest could be strung together in a shorter loop. Sections of River Bank towards its base are out in the open and along clay terrain - after rain, this section can be frightfully muddy. During summer, the lack of shade here can be bad. There seems to have been alot of effort to improve the drainage along the first stretch of River Bank - after a lot of rain, parts of this trail have been known to flood and require some acrobatics to transverse. River Bank and Twin Loops permit horseback riding so expect to share the trail in season.