In the heart of central Virginia, this 548-acre, historic park offers many cultural, environmental and recreational activities. Overnight accommodations include a campground and climate-controlled cabins. Visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, boating and lakeside picnicking. The Cedar Crest Conference Center on Prince Edward Lake is available for weddings, family gatherings, retreats and business meetings.
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Twin Lakes State Park is near Farmville, about an hour southwest of Richmond. To get there, take U.S. 360 West of Burkeville to Route 613 (Indian Springs Rd.). Then go east on Route 629 (Twin Lakes Rd.).
Its address is 788 Twin Lakes Rd., Green Bay, VA 23942-2525.
Latitude, 37.174829, Longitude, -78.273242.
Drive Time: Northern Virginia, three to four hours; Richmond, one to one and a half hours; Tidewater/ Norfolk/ Virginia Beach, two and a half to three hours; Roanoke, three hours
548 acres. Prince Edward Lake is 36 acres, Goodwin Lake is 15 acres.
Camping, cabins and lodge. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-7275. Click here for park fees. Those interested in reserving the Cedar Crest Conference Center, a day-use facility, should call 434-392-3435.
During prime season, a day of guarded beach swimming per night's stay is free to overnight guests. (Parks will not refund rental fees should guarded swimming be unavailable.) Read more about swimming in the park's Recreation section.
Click here for details on cancelation and transfer policies. A fee is charged per pet per night for cabin stays.
Twin Lakes' cabins and lodge near Cedar Crest facilities
During prime season, cabins and the lodge are rented by the week beginning on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. A two-night minimum stay is required the rest of the year, but guests who wish to stay less than a week during prime season may call 30 days prior to desired arrival date to see if there is vacancy. The cabins and lodge are open year-round and can be reserved up to 11 months in advance. Extra beds are unavailable for these dwellings.
Cabin guests should register at the Twin Lakes office upon arrival. Check-in time is 4 p.m. on arrival date; Check-out is 10 a.m. on departure date.
Cabin guests arriving after 4:30 p.m. may access their cabin by entering the last four digits of the reservation number on the keypad at the cabin door. More specific instructions are posted next to the door. If you're arriving after hours, please check in at the Twin Lakes office between 9:30-11 a.m. the next day to complete registration, obtain additional passes, and find out about scheduled events. This park offers no additional bed rentals.
Visit a Flickr photoset of typical cabins and lodges at Twin Lakes. Cabins and lodges vary. Dwellings may not match what's shown in the photos.
The park has six housekeeping cabins featuring an English Tudor exterior over cinder block. Three are beside Prince Edward Lake and three are on a hillside overlooking the lake.
Each cabin has a screened front porch with rocking chairs. A picnic table, lantern hanger, pedestal grill and fire-ring are next to each cabin. Cabins also have a refrigerator, electric stove, automatic drip coffee maker, microwave oven, toaster, an AM-FM clock radio, place settings for eight people, dish detergent, dish towels, and a basic set of pots and pans. One set of linens and towels per person are provided. Linens are not changed daily.
Cabins 1-4 and 6 have two bedrooms, and each cabin sleeps up to six people. The cabins have a queen bed in one bedroom and two sets of bunk beds in a second bedroom. Cabin 5 has a double bed in one bedroom and two sets of bunk beds in the second bedroom.
Cabins 2, 4 and 6 are on the waterfront and priced as such; cabins 1, 3 and 5 are not waterfront.
A seventh cabin, the Martin Cottage, is near the lodge. It has two bedrooms with a maximum occupancy of four. One bedroom has a double bed, the other has two single beds. No rollaway beds are available at this park. This cottage features a large living room, front porch with rocking chairs, a back deck, a lantern hanger, a picnic table, a pedestal grill and a full kitchen. The kitchen has a refrigerator, electric stove, automatic drip coffee maker, toaster, place settings and dinnerware for eight, a basic set of pots and pans, dish detergent, dish towels and an AM/FM clock radio. Linens and towels, which are not changed daily, are provided per person.
Cabins have no TV, telephone, dishwasher, washer or dryer. Customers should bring toiletries, food, coffee filters, baking dish, special baking supplies and cooking spray. Cabins 1-6 have fireplaces; firewood may be purchased at the park.
The Hill Lodge
The lodge has four bedrooms with two sets of bunk beds in each (sleeping 16 total; no bed rentals), great room (suitable for meetings), kitchen with pantry, common bathroom, back deck, patio tables to seat six, heating, air conditioning and carpeting. A charcoal grill is also available. The lodge has a TV and DVD player. Also included: refrigerator, electric stove, toaster, automatic drip coffee maker, microwave oven, AM/FM clock radio, place settings for 18, and one set of linens and towels per person provided (linens are not changed daily).
Total sites of each type: Two-bedroom cinder block, 4; Two-bedroom cinder block waterfront, 3; Hill Lodge
EW Tent/Popup: Tents and popups up to 20 feet long only.
EW 25ft - Various equipment. RVs up to 25 feet. Graveled entrance, mostly shaded.
EW 30ft - Various equipment. RVs up to 30 feet. Graveled entrance, mostly shaded.
EW RV36 - Various equipment. RVs from 30 and 36 feet long only. No tents or popups.
Total sites of each type: EW Tent/Popup, 13; EW 25ft, 9; EW 30ft, 7; EW RV36, 4
Six miles of hiking trails take the visitor through hardwood forests and along the lakes. An 8-mile, non-loop multi-use trail in the adjacent Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest is open to hikers, bikers and horses. Bikers and horseback riders 16 and older must have a state forest permit, which can be purchased wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, to utilize the trail.
Between the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, guarded beach swimming is available for a fee. Weather and other issues may at times force suspension of guarded swimming. When guarded swimming is unavailable, guests may swim at the beach’s designated area but do so at their own risk. Swimming elsewhere in the park is prohibited. Click here for park fees.
The park’s Prince Edward and Goodwin lakes are great for fishing. Both have sunfish, largemouth bass, crappie and channel catfish. A valid Virginia freshwater fishing license, which may be purchased at the main office, is required.
Boating is allowed on both lakes and electric motors may be used. Only electric motors are allowed on the lakes. There is a public boat launch for each lake. Because water levels vary during the year, boaters would be well-advised to ensure that the ramp can handle their boat before attempting to do so. Rowboats and canoes are available for rent year-round, and paddleboats are available for rent only during summer. Solo kayaks are rented May through September. Click here for watercraft rental fees. Click here for boat ramp fees.
None, but the nearby state forest's multi-use trail allows horses. State law requires that visitors carry a copy of a negative Coggins report with each horse. Horseback riders must have a state forest permit, which may be purchased at the park office.
None at this park, but hunting is popular in the adjacent state forest. Hunters must have a state forest permit, which may be purchased at the park office.
Click here for the park's trail guide.
Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park; Sandy River Reservoir; Briery Creek Wildlife Management Area; High Bridge Trail State Park; Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest; Lee’s Retreat Driving Tour; the Historic town of Farmville; Longwood University Visual Arts Center; the Moton Museum in Farmville; the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, Va.; Moorefield Mine in Amelia; Crewe Historic Railroad Park; The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat (zip lines, canopy rope courses); Virginia's Heartland Regional Visitor Center.
The park has two picnic shelters for rent. The rental period runs from 8 a.m. to dusk for the day. A daily parking fee is also charged per vehicle. Swimming, boat rental and boat launching fees are also additional charges. Here's a full list of park fees. Call 800-933-7275 to rent a shelter.
Shelter 1 accommodates up to 60 and offers a great view of Goodwin Lake. It's also near a playground. Additional seating is available around the shelter if vacant. This shelter has universally accessible parking and an adjacent walkway.
Shelter 2 is near the swimming area and accommodates up to 25. The rustic shelter is made from cedar trunks and beams. Additional seating is available around the shelter if vacant. If you need help getting to the shelter, please let park staff know when you arrive.
Cancellation: Those cancelling a reservation 15 or more days in before the reservation date will receive a refund less a cancellation fee. No refund will be given for those who cancel in fewer than 15 days.
Cedar Crest Conference Center. Conference center facilities may be rented directly through the center's staff by calling 434-392-3435. The facility is day-use only. There's a certified meeting planner onsite to help with event needs. Custom packages including discounted lodging and meeting space are available in the off-season. Wedding packages also are available. Basic fees can be found here. Call 434-392-3435 for more detail or to make a reservation.
Overlooking Prince Edward Lake, this facility has three meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment, a gazebo, a spacious deck and picnic shelters. The largest room overlooks the lake and has a capacity of 135.
In addition to the center, the park's Hill Lodge accommodates up to 16 and is suitable for small meetings.
The park's office has a gift shop and a camp store open year-round.
None. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, visit The Spot, which offers hot snacks, cool treats, souvenirs and supplies.
Closest laundry facility is 10 miles from park in Crewe, Va.
An area called The Nature Nook at the beach hosts hands-on nature programs in the summer.
Nature hikes, night hikes, canoe trips, children’s programs, campfire programs and children's nature craft programs. Some programs have fees; click here for basic prices. Click here to view all parks' events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs. Fees for specific programs are included in the listing.
The Spot, a snack bar that's open during summer prime season, specializes in premium, hand-dipped ice cream. Guests can also purchase swimming tickets, merchandise, sweets, gift items and park mementos.
The land for Twin Lakes State Park was initially bought from struggling farmers by the federal government during the Great Depression. Two parks, Goodwin Lake Recreational Area and Prince Edward Lake, were founded in 1939. In 1948, M. Conrad Martin was denied access to Staunton River State Park, and a subsequent lawsuit filed against the state led to the establishment of Prince Edward State Park as Virginia’s eighth state park in 1950. The two lake parks operated as racially segregated parks until the early 1960s. In 1976, the parks merged, and the site was renamed Twin Lakes State Park in 1986.
To honor those who fought for outdoor-recreation equality, Twin Lakes State Park will soon have a "wayside exhibit" near its cabin area entrance. The sign has new and imperceptible technology developed by Digimarc. Visitors with smart phones may scan the sign for additional details about how the park was a "refuge of freedom" and about those who made it so.
Feel like lending nature a hand? This friends group of hands-on volunteers is dedicated to preserving the park and supporting its mission. Call 434-392-3435 for more information.
Master plans must be written for parks before they're built. The plans are updated at least once every 10 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.
Virginia State Parks are great places to discover and reconnect with the wild world. Bring a camera and share your captures with the world. But please don't disturb or get too close to the animals. The park is, after all, their home. Here are a few recent natural encounters others have had at Twin Lakes State Park.
View all wildlife encounter photos from Twin Lakes State Park.