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Staunton River Battlefield State Park

1035 Fort Hill Trail, Randolph, VA 23962; Phone: 434-454-4312; Email: srbattle@dcr.virginia.gov

Location of Staunton River Battlefield State Park in Virginia

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Latitude, 36.88629. Longitude, -78.70353.

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General Information

This park is a 300-acre Civil War historic site where a ragtag group of 700 Confederate old men and young boys beat the odds and held off an assault by 5,000 Union cavalry on a bridge of strategic importance to Gen. Lee's army, then under siege in Petersburg. Visit the Confederate earthworks and walk the historic bridge trail. Two visitor centers feature 2,300 square feet of exhibits on the area's rich Civil War heritage, Native American archaeological investigations and electric energy production. The park includes a 1.2-mile self-guided trail through the battlefield and a .75-mile nature trail with two wildlife observation towers overlooking wetlands.

Hours

8 a.m. - dusk. Visitor center is open 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The visitor center is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Location

Eighteen miles east of South Boston. Take Route 92 to Clover. Go approximately five miles to Route 600 and turn left. Go about another three miles and turn right on Route 855.

Its address is 1035 Fort Hill Trail, Randolph, VA 23962-9801.
Latitude, 36.88629. Longitude, -78.70353.

Drive Time: Northern Virginia, three and two thirds hours; Richmond, one and two thirds hours; Tidewater/ Norfolk/Virginia Beach, three and a half hours; Roanoke, two hours

Park Size

300 acres.

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Cabins, camping

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES

No overnight accommodations, however the park is 20 minutes from Staunton River State Park (camping and cabins). For information on availability of other parks' overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK. Click here for park fees.

Cabins

None at this park.

Camping

None at this park.

Rental rates for cabins and camping vary by season, offering and park. Rates are subject to verification by DCR's state parks reservations staff (1-800-933-PARK). First determine the season, which varies by park, then the rate. Click here for park fees. (This park has no overnight accomodations.)

Recreation

TRAILS

Hiking, bicycle trails and self-guided historical and nature trails available. Staunton River State Park is 20 minutes away with hiking trails as well as cabins and campsites.

Va. Outdoors sign

Click here for enhanced maps and video tours of Staunton River Battlefield's trails.

SWIMMING

None at this park.

FISHING, BOATING

The beautiful Staunton River flows by the park and makes for a good float trip. The river has numerous freshwater species and is a great spot for walleye and smallmouth bass anglers. Buggs Island Lake, known for great fishing, is a few miles downstream.

HORSES

None at this park.

Park Trail Guide

Click here for the park's trail guide.

Nearby Attractions

Staunton River State Park (swimming pool). Molliver Vineyards and Winery offers wine tastings, tours, wine sales and a variety of outdoor recreation on its 134-acre vineyard and winery on the Bannister River. Visit www.gohalifaxva.com for current local offerings.

Picnic Shelters

One shelter can be rented from 9 a.m. to dusk (all day). It is a large shelter and is available weekends only from April 1 to June 15 and Sept. 15 to Nov. 15. The shelter is available seven days a week during the rest of the year. Click here for park fees.

Shelter Amenities: Grills, picnic tables, access to restrooms only when the Visitor Center is open, and a soft drink vending machine. The shelter accommodates 90. There is seating for another 50 near the shelter. The area around the shelter, however, cannot be reserved and is open for use by the general public.

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

Meeting Space and Facilities

MEETING FACILITIES

This park has a small meeting room.

VISITOR CENTER, GIFT SHOP

A 3,800-square-foot visitor center was opened in 1995 as a result of a unique partnership between Virginia State Parks, Virginia Power, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and the Historic Staunton River Foundation. Displays on the history of the area and exhibits on electric energy cover about half the center's floor space. The center is open from mid-April through mid-November. Its hours are Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:40 p.m.

The Roanoke Station’s visitor center in Randolph, Va., has displays on Native American archaeological studies being done by Longwood University students at a nearby site. The Roanoke Station is open from Memorial Day through October on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

RESTAURANT

None at this park.

LAUNDRY

None at this park.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

None at this park.

SPECIAL FEATURES

None at this park.

Other Info

ACCESSIBILITY:

  • Picnic shelter with sidewalk
  • Visitor center with sidewalk
  • Although motorized vehicles are not permitted on park trails, electric wheelchairs and electric scooters that meet the federal definition for wheelchairs are allowed to enable people with disabilities to use the trails.

NATURE, HISTORY PROGRAMS

Civil War re-enactments, living history, nature features. Click here to view all parks' events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs. Click here to download a flier about the park's Sappony Indian River Festival.

CONCESSIONS

None at this park.

HISTORY

This park is a 300-acre Civil War historic site where a ragtag group of 700 Confederate old men and young boys beat the odds and held off an assault by 5,000 Union cavalry on a bridge of strategic importance to Gen. Lee's army, then under siege in Petersburg. Visit the Confederate earthworks and walk the historic bridge trail.

FRIENDS GROUP

Learn about or join the Historic Staunton River Foundation, a nonprofit volunteer group dedicated to supporting the park's mission.

MASTER PLAN

Master plans must be written for parks before they're built. The plans are updated at least once every five years thereafter. The plans cover the size, types, infrastructure and locations of facilities as well as the site's special features and resources. Three public meetings are held during the initial development of each plan. Click here for this park's master plan.

 

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Articles

Each summer the Longwood University Archaeological Field School conducts ongoing research into the history of Native Americans who lived on the Staunton River.
The Sesquicentennial commemoration of the battle of "The young boys and old men" is an event you don't want to miss and it happens this weekend June 21-22, 2014.
This park of the month is best known for its Civil War history, but the natural world is also an important part of what makes Staunton River Battlefield a special place.
How did 492 old men and young boys from Southside Virginia along with 296 Confederate reserves turn back a Union cavalry force of over 5000 men, and why? Find out at the Commemoration of the Battle of Staunton River Bridge.

At a Glance

The pictographs directly below show park offerings. Mouse-over the image for a short text description or click here to view a legend in which each pictograph's meaning is expressed.
BikingCamp Store/Gift ShopHikingNature/Cultural Programs, Visitor CenterPicnic Shelter Rentals, Picnic TablesRestroomsSelf (interpretive) TrailShoreUniversally Accessible
Biking, Camp Store/Gift Shop, Hiking, Nature/Cultural Programs, Visitor Center, Picnic Shelter Rentals, Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Self (interpretive) Trail, Shore, Universally Accessible