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Twin Lakes State Park

788 Twin Lakes Rd., Green Bay, VA 23942; Phone: 434-392-3435; Email: TwinLakes@dcr.virginia.gov

Latitude, 37.174829. Longitude, -78.273242.
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Latitude, 37.174829. Longitude, -78.273242.

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General Information

In the heart of central Virginia, this 495-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.

Hours

Dawn - dusk.

Location

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

Park Size

548 acres. Prince Edward Lake is 36 acres, Goodwin Lake is 15 acres.

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Cabins, camping

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES

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.

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

Cabins

Twin Lakes State Park cabins

Twin Lakes' Cabins and Lodge near Cedar Crest area
Starting May 1, 2015, Twin Lakes will test a pilot program for Summer Prime Season rentals. Customers may book for a minimum two-night stay for reservation start dates between May 1, 2015, through next Memorial Day weekend in 2016. This replaces the traditional summer rental requirement of a week and applies to only Twin Lakes and five other parks. The week stay requirement will apply to summer 2016 reservations until the pilot is evaluated. Reservations can be booked up to 11 months in advance.

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. must know at least the last four digits of their reservation number(s) to access their cabin because cabins are equipped with electronic locks. 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.

During summer, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the lodge, however swimming is not guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require closure. We do not give refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances.

Cabins and Lodge
The park has six housekeeping cabins featuring an English Tudor exterior over cinderblock. 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 coffeemaker, 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 coffeemaker, 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 cinderblock, 4; Two-bedroom cinderblock waterfront, 3; Hill Lodge

Camping

Each campsite has a fire ring with a grill over it. It can be used for cooking or a small campfire. Campsites have water and electricity; outlets provide 20 and 30-amp current. Firewood is available for sale in the campground.

Two vehicles are allowed per campsite in addition to camping unit. Additional vehicles must park in a designated parking lot and may be subject to daily parking fees. Visitors to overnight guests must leave the park by 10 p.m.

Site type:

EW Tent/Popup: Tents and popups up to 20 feet long only. A bathhouse is available. Electric and water hookups.

EW 25ft - Various equipment. RVs up to 25 feet. Graveled entrance, mostly shaded. A bathhouse is available. Electric and water hookups.

EW 30ft - Various equipment. RVs up to 30 feet. Graveled entrance, mostly shaded. A bathhouse is available. Electric and water hookups.

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

Recreation

TRAILS

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.

Va. Outdoors sign

Visit the Explore Virginia Outdoors website for enhanced maps and video tours of Twin Lakes' trails.

SWIMMING

A swimming beach complete with concessions and bathhouse is available from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Click here for park fees. In the summer, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the lodge, however it cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require that swimming be closed. Because of a possible shortage of qualified lifeguards prior to mid-June and after mid-August, the park may offer swimming only on weekends and Labor Day. If your visit depends on weekday swimming during that stretch, call the park for availability or to reserve another time. Refunds for swimming to overnight guests will not be given under any circumstances.

FISHING, BOATING

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 boat ramp fees.

HORSES

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.

HUNTING

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.

Park Trail Guide

Click here for the park's trail guide.

Picnic Shelters

Picnic shelters are available for rent. Call the Customer Service Center at 1-800-933-PARK (7275). In addition to shelter rental fee, a daily parking fee per vehicle is enforced. Swimming, boat rental and boat-launching fees are also additional.

Twin Lakes State Park Picnic Shelters at Goodwin Lake Day-use Area

Two shelters are available for rent. They can be rented all day from 8 a.m. to dusk. Click here for park fees.

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

Shelter 1: This structure overlooks Goodwin Lake and is near a playground. It can accommodate 60 people under the shelter. Additional seating is available around the shelter if vacant. This shelter has universally accessible parking and an adjacent walkway.

Shelter 2: Close to the swimming area on Goodwin Lake, this rustic shelter is made from cedar trunks and cedar beams. It can accommodate 25 people under the shelter. 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. Staff will help anyone needing such assistance.

Meeting Space and Facilities

MEETING, CONFERENCE AND WEDDING FACILITIES

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. Call the center at 434-392-3435 for details.

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.

VISITOR CENTER, GIFT SHOP

The park's main office has a small gift shop-camp store that's open year-round. During prime season, visit The Spot, a concession stand that offers hot snacks, cool treats, souvenirs and supplies.

RESTAURANT

None. This park has a snack bar that's open from the start of Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

LAUNDRY

Closest laundry facility is 10 miles from park in Crewe, Va.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

An area called The Nature Nook at the beach hosts hands-on nature programs in the summer.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Cedar Crest Conference Center.

Other Info

ACCESSIBILITY

  • Day use area: Picnic area restroom facility (sinks, toilet), concrete sidewalk access and designated disability parking; wheelchair clearances into the building make this area accessible. Picnic shelter 1 is wheelchair accessible and includes one ADA-compliant picnic table.
  • Concession building: This building includes ADA-compliant doorways, and concrete walks for access to the building and from the building to the beach. Also restrooms are universally accessible, and there are marked parking areas.
  • The Cedar Crest Conference Center pavilion is universally accessible. The bathrooms at the conference center are also 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

Nature hikes, night hikes, canoe trips, children’s programs, campfire programs and children's nature craft programs. Click here to view all parks' events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.

CONCESSIONS

The Spot is a snack bar that's open during summer prime season. The snack bar specializes in premium, hand-dipped ice cream. Guests can also purchase swimming tickets, merchandise, sweets, gift items and park mementos.

HISTORY

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.

FRIENDS GROUP

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 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.

WILDLIFE

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.

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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.
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