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Meeting facilities at state parks

Planning a meeting in a Virginia State Park is easy

For conferences, meetings, banquets and retreats, Virginia State Parks are the natural choice. Leave behind the impersonal meeting rooms in generic glass and steel buildings and take advantage of one of Virginia's best-kept secrets.

From state-of-the-art meeting space at Hungry Mother State Park's Hemlock Haven Conference Center to the cozy Stewart Room of the Jones-Stewart Mansion at Chippokes Plantation State Park, Virginia State Parks can accommodate various group sizes in facilities across the state.

If you're planning an event for 375, a retreat for 250 or a meeting with three people, the serenity of a Virginia State Park is the natural choice to escape the noise and distraction of the day-to-day routine. Our affordable, comfortable accommodations, helpful staff and beautiful locations will make your next event memorable and unique.

Depending on the park and season, guests using meeting facilities also can enjoy all the park has to offer, including swimming, hiking, boating and many more activities. So the next time you're making plans for business or pleasure, look no farther than a Virginia State Park.

Hemlock Haven Conference Center

Hungry Mother State Park, (276) 781-7425
Marion, Va.

Hemlock Haven's banquet services can accommodate up to 250 guests.Nationally acclaimed Hemlock Haven Conference Center at Hungry Mother State Park is the park system's largest full-service meeting facility. Hidden in hemlock-shaded mountains of southwestern Virginia, Hemlock Haven offers meeting space, lodging, audiovisual equipment and a wide variety of seasonal activities like swimming and tennis as well as group activities like softball, basketball and volleyball. Catering and WiFi are available.

Hemlock Haven accommodates 375 people for a reception and has banquet services for up to 250. More space is available in the park's restaurant. Overnight accommodations for 78 people are available in comfortable lodges and cabins. Twenty additional cabins elsewhere in the park may be available, and Hungry Mother Lodge can provide overnight accommodations for 16.

Cedar Crest Conference Center

Twin Lakes State Park, (434) 767-2398
Green Bay, Va.

Nestled in the woods, Cedar Crest overlooks a picturesque lake.Nestled on the banks of Prince Edward Lake within Twin Lakes State Park, Cedar Crest Conference Center is a central Virginia tradition. It's just outside of Farmville and less than an hour west of Richmond. Historic Twin Lakes is just a short scenic drive from Richmond, Appomattox and Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historic State Park. The center is a natural choice that caters to the mind, body and spirit.

It offers everything you need for a successful meeting:

  • A certified meeting professional and experienced event planning staff will work with service providers and ensure that room arrangements and other important event details are expertly handled.
  • Doswell Hall, the center's largest conference room, accommodates 135 people.
  • The Hurt Board Room can accommodate up to 16 people, and the Latham Room can accommodate up to 35 people in various setups.
  • You'll find an ample kitchen with refrigerators, freezers, a convection oven, an ice machine and a large food preparation area.
  • Eight furnished, climate-controlled cottages accommodate up to 48 guests.
  • Audiovisual equipment.
  • A beautiful white gazebo that's perfect for weddings, breaks and scenic photos.
  • Furnished decks for dining, socializing and break-out sessions.
  • Combined lodging and meeting space packages available in the off-season to maximize your event dollars.
  • Swimming, hiking, biking, boating, fishing and interpretative programs are also available at Twin Lakes for your enjoyment.

Call 434-767-2398 for information and reservations. Click here to download a brochure describing the center.

Water’s Edge Meeting Facility

Claytor Lake State Park, (800) 933-7275
Dublin, Va.

Water's Edge Meeting Facility at Bear Creek State Park (no large image size)The Water’s Edge Meeting Facility at Claytor Lake State Park offers a beautiful setting for weddings, reunions, meetings and other special events. The meeting room overlooks the lake and has a scenic view from the water’s edge. It can accommodate up to 125 people. There is a warming kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, freezer, warmer and microwave-convection oven. Audiovisual equipment can be rented. Claytor Lake is about two miles from Interstate 81 and offers fishing, swimming, hiking and camping for a memorable outdoor experience. Claytor Lake also has 110 campsites, 3 lodges, 13 cabins and 110 campsites that can be rented.

Wedding information

Natural Bridge Conference Center

Natural Bridge Park, Historic Hotel and Conference Center, 540-291-2121

Natural Bridge, Va.

Natural Bridge Conference CenterNestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the elegant Natural Bridge Park Historic Hotel and Conference Center is less than 3 miles from I-81. Once called "the grand lady,” the hotel boasts 156 guest rooms, a full-service dining room, a tavern and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Although the main hotel is being renovated, the freshly renovated Washington Hall offers a glimpse of what's in store.

On a campus surrounded by 1,600 acres of natural beauty, the center is perfect for mid-sized corporate meetings and conferences. The Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center offers meeting planners a special retreat from the ordinary; a perfect combination of meeting space, magnificent surroundings and a one-of-a-kind experience.

Planners may choose from six meeting venues ranging from 300 to 10,000 square feet, including the main ballroom, The Jefferson, which can be divided into three rooms. Central hotel access and custom room configurations give meeting planners the choices and flexible space needed to ensure a successful meeting and satisfied participants.

Pocahontas SP meeting facilities

Pocahontas State Park, (804) 796-4255
Chesterfield County

Less than 45 minutes south of Richmond, Pocahontas State Park offers several options for meetings and group retreats.

And when it's time for a break, our parks have plenty to do.Algonquian Ecology Camp and Swift Creek Camp (Camp 3) - In the woods, these two camps offer accommodations for groups of guests who want to camp together. The camps have from two to four cabin groups and an activity/dining hall with a kitchen. Each cabin group has four or five cabins (each of which can accommodate from four to six people), a leader's cabin that sleeps two, a shared restroom and shower facility, and a lodge. The cabins are rustic and have bunkbeds and mattresses only, as well as a ceiling light. The lodge has a fireplace, an outdoor pit grill, electricity and a water spigot. Each building has screened windows and a campfire ring for cooking or a fire. Each cabin group accommodates up to 28 people.

Powhatan and Swift Creek Dining Halls - These buildings are part of each group camp and may be rented individually for meetings, wedding receptions and other gatherings. Each hall has a kitchen with commercial grade stainless steel sinks, countertop, refrigerator, freezer, ice machine and oven. These restored Civilian Conservation Corps buildings also have fireplaces. Swift Creek Dining Hall also has a gas-log fireplace. Tables and chairs to seat up to 125 are available.

The Heritage Center Amphitheater is a full-size outdoor venue that holds up to 4,000. Its' perfect for concerts, stage performance and other large gatherings. It has bench seating for up to 350, and additional spectators take seats on a gentle, grassy slope. The area has an elevated stage with backdrop, restrooms, walkways, a concession stand and a ticket booth. Vendors may set up booths, displays or activities in an adjacent area that has electrical outlets.

Pocahontas offers fishing, swimming, hiking, canoes and everything that makes camping fun. A campground elsewhere in the park is available on a site-by-site basis.

Bear Creek Meeting Hall

Bear Creek Lake State Park, (804) 492-4410
Cumberland, Va.

The hall can accommodate up to 65 people, and its parking lot holds up to 25 vehicles. A podium with amplification is available free of charge as are tables and chairs. Many setup configurations can be made. Also, audiovisual equipment can be rented. The facility seats about 40 for a sit-down meal. Park staff can provide a list of caterers, or guests may work with their own. (Guests using their own caterer must call the park two weeks before the event date.) When it's warm outside, the facility's stone patio can be set up with twelve tables, each able to handle four chairs. The hall's kitchen is well appointed, but renters will need to provide their own cookware, utensils and dishware. Bear Creek Meeting Hall is the perfect size for intimate weddings and other get-togethers.

Alleghany Room

Douthat State Park, (540) 862-8100
Millboro, Va.

Minutes from Clifton Forge and Interstate 64, historic Douthat State Park has everything you'd expect in the Allegheny Mountains. Mountain hiking trails, stunning views, swimming, fishing and more are just a short walk away. The park's Alleghany Room, which seats 65 and is above the beach house, is perfect for weddings, receptions, retreats and lectures in the fall, winter and spring. Beard's Mountain Lodge accommodates up to 16 people, Creasey Lodge accommodates up to 18 people, and the park has 32 cabins.

Wedding information

Fayerdale Hall

Fairy Stone State Park, (276) 930-2424
Stuart, Va.

Be sure to see the small stones after which Fairy Stone State Park is named.You'll find this special conference center in one of Virginia's oldest state parks, Fairy Stone State Park, which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.

The park's old restaurant recently reopened as a modern conference facility with a catering kitchen and room for more than 200.

Fairy Stone also has 51 campsites, eight log cabins built by the CCC, another 16 additional cabins, and the Fairy Stone Lodge, which sleeps up to 16. One of the largest state parks, Fairy Stone offers guided nature hikes and fairy stone hunts, a swimming beach and bathhouse, bicycle and hiking trails, picnic shelters, a boat ramp, rowboats, canoes, paddle boats and a universally accessible fishing area.

Helen and Tayloe Murphy Hall

Westmoreland State Park, (800) 933-7275
Montross, Va.

Murphy Hall photoMurphy Hall is a modern facility with rustic architecture. It's in a beautiful and scenic setting overlooking the Potomac River. The hall is ideal for groups holding banquets, ceremonies, classes, meetings, receptions, retreats, reunions, shows, social gatherings or weddings. It accommodates up to 72 people comfortably in a seated arrangement but can accommodate up to 100 people depending on event's purpose. Westmoreland is conveniently located within two hours of Washington, D.C., Annapolis and Baltimore, Md., and Richmond, Va.

Murphy Hall has a large open room with gas fireplace and modern lighting, a glassed-in porch, a deck, an executive board room, and a modern kitchen for catering. The fenced-in outside area contains picnic tables and a wood platform/stage with electrical outlets. Murphy Hall also has modern central heating and air-conditioning. Among the many amenities are WiFi access as well as numerous audiovisual aids. The grounds and hall may be designated for alcohol consumption by obtaining a banquet permit from the ABC board. The permit must be submitted to the park prior to using the facility. For an additional charge and with prior notice, a 20 by 40-foot tent may be set up for your event.

Chippokes Plantation State Park

(757) 294-3728
Surry, Va.

One of the oldest farms in Virginia, Chippokes Plantation State Park is just a ferry ride across the James River from historic Jamestown and Williamsburg. With three cottages sleeping 12, a conference shelter seating 50, and a 45-site campground, Chippokes is perfect for any special occasion. The grounds of the Jones-Stewart Mansion are a favorite for parties, and the Stewart room can seat up to 24 for meetings.

Victorian Parlor Conference Room

Southwest Virginia Museum, (276) 523-1322
Big Stone Gap, Va.

The Victorian Parlor of the Southwest Virginia Museum is a popular setting for business and club meetings, seminars, training and socials. The Victorian setting with modern conveniences can accommodate up to 50 people. The museum exhibits upstairs make meetings in the Victorian Parlor extra special.

Family lodges and other meeting spaces

Family lodges at Bear Creek, Claytor Lake, Douthat, Fairy Stone, Hungry Mother, James River, Kiptopeke, Natural Tunnel, Occoneechee state parks; the Belle Isle Mansion and Guest House; and the Westmoreland Potomac River Retreat.
(800) 933-7275

These overnight facilities sleep from 15 to 18 and are great for small meetings and executive retreats. In addition to the sleeping areas, the family lodges have great rooms with ample space for formal or informal meetings.

The Belle Isle Mansion and Guest House each have a formal living room. The mansion has a formal dining room, and there's space in the guest house that can be used for various purposes. Both also offer a beautiful lawn for outside events (a special use permit is required for events that exceed the facilities' sleeping capacity, and use of the lawn requires rental of both facilities).

Westmoreland's Potomac River Retreat accommodates 15 people overnight and can host up to 40 people for meetings. All but Belle Isle feature additional cabins for lodging.

Environmental centers, multi-use facilities

The Cove Ridge Center is great for workshops, retreats and meetings - all in a stress-free, natural setting.From the mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia State Parks offer environmental education centers for an hour or a night. With dorm style sleeping for up to 22 people, a kitchen, meeting room, audiovisual equipment and much more, our environmental centers are a great place to learn about Virginia's environment or host a special retreat or seminar. The two multi-use environmental centers are:

Cove Ridge Center
Natural Tunnel State Park
Scott County

Wash Woods Environmental Education Center
False Cape State Park

Virginia Beach

Cove Ridge offers limited catering service.

Breaks Interstate Park

This unique park in Breaks, Va., has something for everyone. The Rhododendron Restaurant can accommodate and cater meetings and seminars, and the park offers a 34-unit lodge, two-bedroom, fully equipped cottages, a pool, a lake, horseback riding, an amphitheater and many other ways to recreate and enjoy the great outdoors. For more information about Breaks Interstate Park, call 1-800-982-5122.

Visitor center meeting rooms

Many state parks make visitor center meeting rooms available. A mountain estate, an ocean side, or even a historical site, all these and more make a Virginia State Park the natural choice for your next meeting. Meeting rooms are available in Caledon, First Landing, Leesylvania, Mason Neck, New River Trail, Sky Meadows, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton River Battlefield and Wilderness Road.

Picnic shelters

Picnic shelters and gazebos are available at most parks for family reunions, company picnics or any special outdoor gathering. When not reserved, most shelters are available year-round free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information

A state parks reservations counselor will help with all your reservation needs. State agencies receive a special discount and, no matter where you are in the commonwealth, you're never more than an hour away from a Virginia State Park. Just call 1-800-933-PARK.