Staunton River State Park

1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA 24589; Phone: 434-572-4623; Email: StauntonRiver@dcr.virginia.gov

Location of Staunton River State Park in Virginia

About this park ...

Google map thumbnail showing Staunton River State Park's location Click for Staunton River State Park Forecast
Latitude, 36.696066. Longitude, -78.685254.

Photos and video

Flicker photos for Staunton River State Park
YouTube videos for Staunton River State Park
  • slider images
  • slider images
  • slider images
  • slider images
  • slider images
  • slider images
The Equestrian Campground and Twin Loops, Staunton River Loop, Beaver Swamp, and the Edmunds Loop trails will be closed from November 21-23 for a Wounded Warrior Hunt.

General Information

Tucked neatly into the heart of Virginia, about 25 miles from the North Carolina border, Staunton River offers much to families and outdoor enthusiasts. The 2,400-acre park offers woodlands, meadows and shoreline along the Dan and Staunton rivers. Cabins built in the 1930s by the CCC and a campground offer overnight lodging. The equestrian campground offers large campsites and horse stalls. Access to Virginia's largest lake, Buggs Island Lake, offers freshwater fishing and boating, along with water skiing and many other aquatic activities. The park also has Olympic-sized and wading pools, picnic shelters, three playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts, several boat launches and more than 17 miles of multi-use trails. River Traders, just outside the park entrance, rents canoes, kayaks, jon boats and pontoon boats.

Hours

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Location

Staunton River State Park is 18 miles east of South Boston. Take U.S. 360 to Route 344. Follow Route 344 for 10 miles to the park, located southeast of Scottsburg, Va.

Its address is 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, Va. 24589-9636.
Latitude, 36.696066. Longitude, -78.685254.

Drive Time

Northern Virginia, three and a half hours; Richmond, two hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, three hours; Roanoke, two hours

Directions

From the north: Take U.S. 501 south to Halifax, Va. At intersection of U.S. 501 and state Route 360, turn left; go about eight miles. At intersection of state Route 360 and U.S. 360, go straight through the stoplight to Route 344. Travel 10 miles to the park entrance, which is southeast of Scottsburg, Va.

From the south: Take U.S. 501 north to South Boston, Va. At intersection of U.S. 501 and U.S. 58, turn right onto U.S. 58 east; go approximately one mile and turn left at stoplight onto U.S. 360; travel east on U.S. 360 approximately eight miles and turn right onto Route 344; go 10 miles to park entrance.

From the west: Take U.S. 58 east to the intersection of U.S. 58 and U.S. 360; turn left at stoplight onto U.S. 360; go east approximately eight miles and turn right onto Route 344; travel 10 miles to park entrance.

From the east: Take U.S. 360 west to Scottsburg, Va; at intersection of U.S. 360 with state Route 360 and Route 344, turn left at stoplight onto Route 344; travel 10 miles to park entrance.

Park Size

2,400 acres. Buggs Island Lake (Kerr Reservoir): 48,000 acres.

Share this page

twitter facebook

Cabins, camping

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES

Cabins and camping. For information on availability of 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.

Visit a Flickr photoset of typical cabins and lodges at the park. Cabins and lodges vary. Dwellings may not match what's shown in the photos.

Click here for details on reservation cancellation and transfer policies. A fee is charged per pet per night for cabin stays.

Cabins

Cabin at Staunton River State Park.

A week-long stay is required between Memorial Day and Labor Day unless a cabin happens not to be rented a month beforehand. The week's rental period begins on Sundays for all cabins.

 

The park's cabins are on the Staunton River but they are not waterfront. In late fall and early spring, there is a limited view of the water. There is a line of trees between cabins and the water. Boaters should remove boats from the water after use because no docking facilities are near the cabins.

Cabins have:

  • Kitchen: Refrigerator, stove, coffeemaker, dishes, dishcloth, a few dish towels, silverware, cooking utensils, pots and pans, microwave oven, and toaster.
  • Rustic furniture and linens (one set per person up to full occupancy).
  • Cabins are climate controlled (heat and AC). Each cabin has a fireplace.
  • Living Area: Sofa and dining table
  • Bedrooms: Beds, nightstands and clock radios
  • Fireplaces
  • Heat pumps
  • Picnic tables, charcoal grills and decks with patio furniture
  • The park's campground bathhouse has a laundry facility. Check with the park's visitor center for the facility's availability during off-season.
  • There are recycling stations throughout the park
  • Two vehicles allowed at each cabin
  • Visitors to overnight guests must leave the park by 10 p.m. and are subject to parking fees. They must park in assigned area if the cabin area already has the maximum two vehicles parked.
  • Firewood is sold at the park.
  • There is no access to the rivers or lake in the cabin area.
  • Swimming and boat launching free with overnight reservations; however, if your stay depends on launching your boat, please call the park since boat launching is dependent on water level not being too high or too low.

Bring food, extra towels, coffee filters, salt and pepper, cooking spray, charcoal, starter fluid and any unusual cooking utensils.

Late arrivals: Guests expecting to arrive after 4 p.m. should call the park beforehand.

Total sites of each type: One-room frame efficiency, 1; One-bedroom frame, 2; Two-bedroom frame, 4

Site type:

One-room frame efficiency (Cabin 5) - One double bed sleeps two. Allows two guests - no extra bed rental.

One-bedroom frame - one double bed, one full sofa bed

Two-bedroom frame - two double beds, one full sofa bed

Total cabins: 7

Camping

  • Each campsite has fire rings that can be used for campfires or cooking.
  • Swimming and boat launching free with overnight reservations, but if your stay depends on launching your boat, please call the park since boat launching is dependent on water level.
  • Firewood is sold at the park.
  • Accepts outlets for 20 and 30-amp current.
  • Laundry facility is in the campground bathhouse. Check with the park's visitor center for the facility's availability during off-season.
  • Recycling stations are throughout the park.
  • Boaters should remove boats from the water after use as there are no docking facilities in the camping area.
  • Visitors to overnight guests must leave the park by 10 p.m. and are subject to parking fees. They must park in assigned area if campsite area already has the maximum of two vehicles parked.
  • All camping equipment and vehicles must be set up and parked on the graveled area of the site.
  • There is no access to the rivers or lake from the campground.
  • The campground is not on the water. There are no waterfront sites.
  • The bathhouse is heated and has hot showers.
  • There are no sewer hookups, but there is a dump station.
  • If you need help during the summer months, please see the camp hosts, who are on site 25.
  • Any equipment that will not fit on your site must be parked in the overflow parking area.
  • During the summer months, campsites are assigned based on reservations, equipment length, and special needs and requests.

Total sites of each type: EW 45-ft, 4; EW 30-ft, 10; EW pop/tent, 20; Tent Std., 13

Site type:

EW 30-ft - Electric and water hookups, various equipment up to 30 feet, bathhouse available.

EW Pop/Tent - Electric and water hookups, popup and tent campers up to 20 feet, bathhouse available.

EW 45-ft - Electric and water hookups, pull-through up to 45 feet, RVs only, bathhouse available.

Tent Std - Tents only, no hookups, bathhouse available.

Total campsites: 47

Camping Lodge (Bunkhouse) in Campground Area. Two-night minimum.; no full-week requirement. This camping lodge’s maximum occupancy is 14. There’s also a fenced-in campsite (bring your own tent) just behind it that accommodates up to six people. The three-room dwelling has seven bunk beds, a large back deck, picnic tables, a fire ring with cooking grate and one electrical outlet in each room. There’s no water spigot. Cooking and smoking are not permitted inside the camping lodge (bunkhouse). Parking for up to five vehicles is covered; all other vehicles must pay the park's daily parking fee and park in the overflow area. It’s available during camping season only, from March 1 to first Monday in December. This facility is not sold 11 months in advance. It becomes available for rent in January. Check-in is 3 p.m., check-out is 10 a.m.

The transfer deadline policy and cancellation and pet fees are the same as those for cabins.

  • Linens and pillows are not provided. Guests must bring their own linens and pillows.
  • Guests are responsible for any damage.
  • There’s no bathroom, kitchen or fireplace.
  • It has a refrigerator.
  • Swimming is free for overnight guests Memorial Day through Labor Day when the pool is open.
  • No cable hookup.
  • Heat, air conditioning and ceiling fans are provided.
  • No extra bed rentals.
  • Camping lodge (bunkhouse) guests use the tent campground bathhouse, which is about 75 yards away.

Equestrian Camping: Electric and water hookups and a central dump station are available. Sites 1-10 are pull-through with paved surfacing and can accommodate a camping unit up to 50 feet long and one vehicle. Sites 11-13 are back-in with a gravel surface and a tent pad and can accommodate camping units up to 30 feet long with one vehicle. There are 20 covered horse stalls, a bathhouse with showers and a picnic shelter. Picnic tables, fire-rings and charcoal grills are available at each site.

  • All sites have electric pedestals, which have 20, 30 and 50-amp outlets.
  • All equipment must be kept on the paved or graveled area at the campsite.
  • Proof of a negative Coggins test is required.
  • Horses must be kept in a stall when not being ridden. Horses may not be tied up in open areas, day-use areas or around the campsites. Horses may only be ridden on designated trails and are not permitted on paved roads within the park.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and attended to at all times.
  • Campers are encouraged to clean their stalls. Pitchforks, wheelbarrows and buckets are available.

Recreation

TRAILS

Hiking and self-guided trails; horses allowed on multi-use trail. Ten wooded trails provide miles of hiking along the Dan and Staunton rivers as well as Buggs Island Lake.  Multi-use trails are open for hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Bring your own horse and bike.

Note: To prevent damage to the park's trails, trails are often closed during wet conditions. Please call the park at (434) 572-4623 prior to your visit to ensure that the trails are available for use.

Va. Outdoors sign

Visit the Explore Virginia Outdoors website for enhanced maps and video tours of Staunton River's trails.

SWIMMING

The park has an Olympic sized pool and a wading pool open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The larger pool has a 70-foot waterslide known as "the Moccasin" as well as a smaller log slide in the shallow end. The Pollywog Pond has a frog slide and many fun water toys for kids and toddlers. (You must be less than 45 inches tall to play in the Pollywog Pond.) The pool complex is open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and includes a bathhouse and concessions area. In-season, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the camping lodge, however it cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require that swimming be closed. We do not give refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances. Also, prior to mid-June and after mid-August, pool hours may vary. Contact the visitor center for details. Click here for park fees.

The pool facility can be rented for after-hours use on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the visitor center for rental details.

FISHING, BOATING

The Dan and Staunton rivers and Buggs Island Lake are famous for the number and size of fish there. Bass, bluegill, crappie and perch are plentiful. Although the park doesn’t rent boats, River Traders, just outside the park, rents canoes, kayaks and jon-boats. The park has a boat launch. A Buggs Island Special Pass that covers boat launching and parking for Occoneechee and Staunton River state parks is available. A valid Virginia fishing license is required; purchase one in the park's visitor center. Annual boat launch passports are available by calling 1-800-933-PARK.

No boat rentals at this park. Guests must bring their own boats. Boat launching ramp is available. These facilities may not be accessible if the water level is too high or low. If your visit depends on the ability to launch your boat, please call the park in advance. Both motorized and non-motorized boats are permitted on Buggs Island Lake. River Traders, just outside park entrance, rents canoes, kayaks and jon-boats. Call (434) 575-1022 for pricing, more information and reservation. Click here for park fees.

HORSES

Horseback riders are allowed on multi-use trail. There are no horse rentals in the park or nearby, but there are overnight facilities for horses at the park. State law requires that visitors carry a copy of a negative Coggins report with each horse brought to the park. Horses must be kept on designated trails and are not allowed on park roads, in camping areas or in day-use areas.

Park Trail Guide

Click here for the park's trail guide.

Nearby Attractions

South Boston Museum, South Boston Speedway. 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 Banister River. Check www.gohalifaxva.com for current local offerings. Visit www.gohalifaxva.com for current local offerings.

Picnic Shelters

Shelters can be rented from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 1-800-933-PARK to reserve. Parking and swimming fees are not included in shelter rental. Click here for park fees.

Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee. The policy applies as well to the park's two mini-shelters decribed below.

Amenities: Both shelters have grills, picnic tables and access to nearby restrooms.

Shelter 1: Near the Dan River, this shelter provides a shady setting for reunions, picnics and other special events. It accommodates up to 60 comfortably. There is a spigot that allows access to potable water and a large grill at the back of the shelter. There's no deck but there is a graveled area by the grill. This shelter offers no view of the river; access to the river is limited. A walk of about two minutes brings you to the river. The shelter is near a playground, horseshoe pit and trash disposal, and bathrooms are about five minutes away. This shelter offers access to the pool area via the Tutelo Trail, a 5-10 minute walk. First-come, first-served picnic tables that can be used to accommodate more people are around shelter. (Note: Several distances mentioned above might prove difficult for the disabled.)

Shelter 2: Beside the Dan River, this shelter provides a shady setting for reunions, picnics and other special events. It accommodates up to 60 comfortably. There is a spigot that allows access to potable water and a large grill at the back of the shelter. First-come, first-served picnic tables that can be used to accommodate more people are around shelter. This shelter has a spacious deck near the grill and offers a waterfront view and easy access to the water. There is a boat launch that can be used when the water level is high, but users must pay a launching fee. Also, the shelter features a playgorund, horseshoe pit and trash disposal, and universally accessible bathrooms are only a short distance away. The shelter is not, however, equipped with a ramp for easy access by the disabled. Spacious grounds for softball, badminton, soccer, etc., are nearby. Guests must provide their own equipment.

Turkey Trail mini-shelter 1: This small picnic shelter, open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 1 through Nov. 30, allows up to 15 people. It can be rented all day for a small fee. The 18 by 20 foot structure is covered, with all sides open, and has a 12-foot table, a 6-foot table and one small charcoal grill. It’s near a water spigot, restrooms and a trash bin. The shelter is not universally accessible.

Deer View mini-shelter 2: This small picnic shelter, open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 1 through Nov. 30 annually, allows up to 15 people. It can be rented all day for a small fee. The 18 by 20 foot structure is covered, with all sides open, and has a 12-foot table, a 6-foot table and one small charcoal grill. It’s near a water spigot, restrooms and a trash bin. The shelter is not universally accessible.

Meeting Space and Facilities

MEETING FACILITIES

None at this park.

VISITOR CENTER, GIFT SHOP

The visitor center, which was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, was extensively renovated in 2009. Today the building houses the Discovery Center, a gift shop and park offices.

RESTAURANT

None. This park has a snack bar in season.

LAUNDRY

The campground bathhouse has laundry facilities. Check with the visitor center for availability during the off-season.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

None at this park.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Tennis courts and volleyball courts are near the pool. There's also a playground behind the visitor center.

Other Info

ACCESSIBILITY:

  • Visitor center
  • District park office
  • Boat launch located on the Dan River side. The dock on the boat launch is universally accessible. (There is no particular device, however, to assist in the entry of a boat.)
  • Picnic shelter 2 is not universally accessible. The bathrooms for this shelter are, however. Of the two shelters, this one is most convenient for those who are disabled.
  • The campground is not universally accessible. The bathhouse for the campground, however, is. There is a sidewalk leading from the road to the bathhouse. Sites 22 and 24 are the most convenient for RV camping; sites 23 and 27 are the most convenient tent and popup sites. Both are level and easily accessed, and both are close to the bathhouse.
  • The main pool is partially universally accessible and features a lift. There are, however, no universally accessible entrances to the pool. The wading pool is not universally accessible. The pool bathhouse is universally accessible. If you need help getting into the pool or need access to the lift, please notify a staff member.
  • The cabins are not universally accessible. The doorways into the cabins and into the bathrooms are not large enough for a wheelchair. The most easily accessed cabins are #2 and #5. The cabins' bathrooms are not universally accessible.
  • 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

Guided hikes, evening amphitheater programs, canoe trips, guest speakers/entertainers. Call the park for details. Click here to view all parks' events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.

CONCESSIONS

Snack bar from Memorial Day to Labor Day only. No concessions otherwise.

HISTORY

Staunton River State Park takes its name from a river that borders the park. The river was named for Captain Henry Staunton who, before the Revolutionary War, commanded a company of soldiers to protect early settlers from Indian attacks. The soldiers patrolled from the mountains to the mouth of the Dan River. This section of the Roanoke River became known as Captain Staunton’s River and later, Staunton River. Forty years later, in the 1810s, the river became an important means of transporting tobacco, a popular cash crop. Many large plantations were built in the area. During the Civil War, most of these plantations were destroyed.

In 1933, Virginia's Commission of Conservation and Development bought 1,766 acres of farmland bordering the river from several owners. From 1933 to 1935, a unit of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built most of the buildings and facilities that are still seen today at the park. The CCC barracks were near what is today a nature trail in the park. The park opened June 15, 1936. Buggs Island Lake was formed with the construction of the Kerr Dam in 1952. Although creation of Virginia's largest lake was an asset to the park, more than 150 acres of the original park lands were flooded.

Staunton River State Park was recognized in 2007 as a National Historic Landmark and a Virginia Historic Landmark. Many structures in the park, including the cabins, visitor center, pool-house and picnic shelters, are little changed from when they were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s.

The park continues to grow. A recent land purchase has increased its size to 2,400 acres. Facilities are modern and well-maintained, but Staunton River State Park remains true to its roots. Its sturdy structures honor and memorialize CCC members who worked so hard to build them.

FRIENDS GROUP

None.

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.

 

Upcoming Events

 
Search All State Parks Events

Articles

Can we really unplug when we go to a Virginia State Park?
Volunteers of the month at Staunton River State Park are for the birds - Eastern bluebirds, to be exact. Read on to find out how this duo created a thriving Eastern bluebird trail.
Can you spot the pattern from our visit to Staunton River State Park this past week?
Equestrian campers at Staunton River State Park will enjoy a new fire pit, thanks to volunteers who came out for the 9/11 Day of Remembrance.

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.
AmphitheaterBikingBoat LaunchCabinsCamp Store/Gift ShopCampground, Camping Lodges **Canoe AccessDump StationEquestrianEquestrianHikingLifeguards, PoolMotor Boats PermittedNature/Cultural Programs, Visitor CenterParking feePicnic Shelter Rentals, Picnic TablesPlaygroundsRestroomsShoreShowersSnack BarUniversally Accessible
Amphitheater, Biking, Boat Launch, Cabins, Camp Store/Gift Shop, Campground, Camping Lodges **, Canoe Access, Dump Station, Equestrian, Equestrian, Hiking, Lifeguards, Pool, Motor Boats Permitted, Nature/Cultural Programs, Visitor Center, Parking fee, Picnic Shelter Rentals, Picnic Tables, Playgrounds, Restrooms, Shore, Showers, Snack Bar, Universally Accessible