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Weddings and Virginia State Parks

A Natural Connection

From a simple outdoor wedding with a handful of people to an elaborate event with all the trimmings, Virginia State Parks offer a variety of wedding venues and services. Click below for specific parks' wedding information.

Bear Creek Lake

Cumberland, Va.

Bear Creek Hall Meeting FacilityThe Bear Creek Hall Meeting Facility at Bear Creek Lake State Park offers a beautiful setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, anniversary celebrations and other special events. The meeting hall can accommodate up to 65 guests and 25 vehicles. Forty guests can be comfortably seated for catered meals. There is a warming kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, freezer, microwave oven and oven. Audiovisual equipment can be rented. Bear Creek Lake State Park has a lodge, two three-bedroom cabins and 10 two-bedroom cabins. Campsites, group camping and a bunkhouse also are available. Bear Creek Lake is only one hour west of Richmond and is a convenient, natural, beautiful and historic place for families to get together.

Belle Isle

Lancaster, Va.

Bel Air HouseBelle Isle State Park's Bel Air historic area is frequently sought by couples wanting a memorable and beautiful setting in which to tie the knot. Situated on the ample 33-acre grounds are Colonial reproductions Bel Air House and Bel Air Guest House. The park offers some amenities, such as tents and tables, and wedding parties arrange the rest - caterer, musicians, florists, chairs, etc. Generally, the park requires only payment of the season's standard overnight rental fees for both dwellings and a special use permit. Tents must be rented and paid for at least two weeks in advance. Details on location and configuration also must be received at least two weeks ahead of time. Contact the park or read the following documents for more details.

Chippokes Plantation

Surry, Va.

Chippokes conference shelter setu up for wedding.Chippokes Plantation State Park is a historic plantation with formal gardens, making it ideal for outdoor weddings. It's perfect for historically themed and traditional weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners. Chippokes rents a tent, tables and chairs. Outside providers, such as caterers, are allowed but must have adequate insurance and permits. While the tent, all facilities, tables and chairs may be reserved a la carte, all-inclusive wedding packages are available, too. Read this wedding brochure for details on prices and packages. Although parking fees apply, they can be prepaid for paid through invoice. A special-use permit and a $10 application fee are required. Alcohol may be served in some areas with a Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Board banquet license permit. Specific dates can be guaranteed only after the application is approved by the park and a deposit is paid.

The antebellum Chippokes Jones-Stewart Mansion is perfect for small weddings and serves as a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos. Its board room has a small kitchen and a dining table that seats 15. There are also two changing rooms and a restroom. The room can be rented separately; it accommodates up to 20 people. Alcohol is allowed here with appropriate permits and personnel.

The park also has a fully screened conference shelter equipped with a full kitchen. It accommodates up to 200 people and is well-suited for large receptions and rehearsal dinners. Alcohol is allowed with appropriate permits and personnel but may be served and consumed only in the shelter or within the “backyard” area. The formal gardens and mansion lawn area also are perfect for outdoor ceremonies. (Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in these areas.)

Claytor Lake State Park

Call 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's a kitchen with a refrigerator, freezer, warmer and microwave-convection oven. Audiovisual equipment is provided with rental. 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, three lodges and 13 cabins for rent.

Douthat State Park

Millboro, Va.

Wedding at Douthat State Park.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.

First Landing State Park

Call 757-412-2320
Virginia Beach, Va.

Wedding at First Landing, on the beach.First Landing State Park is a natural oasis in the midst of urban development. It is the perfect setting for a beach or maritime forest wedding, reception and rehearsal dinner. First Landing State Park rents tents, tables, chairs, audiovisual equipment and catering house wares for events. Parking is limited during peak seasons so a shuttle bus or carpools are recommended for large parties. Per car parking fees apply, but the fees can be prepaid or paid through invoice. A special-use permit application and $25 application fee are required. Specific dates cannot be guaranteed until the application is approved by park management and a deposit is paid.

Chesapeake Bay Center and Beach - With 1.5 miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline, it is the perfect place for a sunset beach wedding. The center is a few yards from the bay and accommodates up to 40 people. The center's large, open-air courtyard has a gazebo and an amphitheater with a maximum capacity of 300. The gazebo, which accommodates up to 40 people, can be rented separately. Alcohol is allowed with the appropriate permits and personnel.

Trail Center and Maritime Forest - The Trail Center, about two miles from the beach, is near a maritime forest. Surrounded by bald cypress trees, Spanish moss and marsh, the area offers unique spot for outdoor ceremonies. The center has a foyer, large meeting room, large outdoor deck and warming kitchen equipped with a coffee maker, refrigerator, freezer, warmer and microwave-convection oven. There's also a pergola here, the perfect spot for a wedding. Its capacity is 60. Audiovisual equipment can be rented. Alcohol is allowed with the appropriate permits and personnel.

Picnic shelter - The picnic shelter, about a mile from the beach, is in the park’s maritime forest area. The area is perfect for casual outdoor events. There are tables in the shelter, which is under tree canopies draped in Spanish moss. There is also a large open air fire ring. The shelter's capacity is 80. Alcohol is not permitted here.

Accommodations - First Landing State Park is about 10 miles from Interstate 64, exit 282. It's about 6 miles north of the Virginia Beach oceanfront area. The park has 205 campsites and 20 cabins.

Grayson Highlands State Park

Mouth of Wilson, Va.

Grayson Highlands State Park is perfect for simple weddings in a natural setting. The most popular ceremony locations are detailed below, but weddings have taken place at many sites throughout the park.

The Homestead at Grayson Highlands.The largest weddings in the park are usually held in the Homestead area. It has a picturesque green field that gently slopes to a cool mountain stream. Two historical log cabins offer focal points for your ceremony or decorations, the surrounding hardwood forest is a beautiful backdrop in summer or fall, and a rustic barn shelter seating up to 100 is perfect for receptions.

An open field known as the Pony Corral offers astounding views of the area. Wedding-goers will feel like they're on the top of the world as the happy couple takes its next step in life. Although the location is undeveloped, it can accommodate as large or as small an event as desired.

Buzzard Rock Overlook is ideal for those wanting a small, intimate ceremony. The vista is breathtaking, offering a 180-degree view of the mountain range, Christmas tree farms and the farming town Rugby. The observation deck itself holds up to eight, but seating for as many as 50 can be arranged along the walkway.

The park supplies beautiful settings; all other aspects of the wedding are up to the wedding party. A special-use permit and $25 application fee are required prior to the wedding. Parking fees are required, and facility rental fees may apply in the Homestead area. Alcohol may be served in some areas as long as a Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Board banquet license permit has been obtained. Call park staff for more details on locations and to arrange for site visits.

Grayson Highlands State Park is located at 829 Grayson Highland Lane, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363. Call 276-579-7092 or email for more information.

Hungry Mother State Park

Marion, Va.

Couple about to be wed.Special weddings require a special place. Hungry Mother State Park can provide that special place to complement your perfect wedding. Imagine your wedding on an island or on the shore of the park's 108-acre lake. Whether you choose the outdoors or indoors, Hungry Mother is the place to be.

The park offers full-service catering for weddings, rehearsal dinners and many other functions. Its event planner and executive chef are at your disposal. The rehearsal dinner, reception and other group events can be customized to your liking. Beautiful weddings can be affordable. Hungry Mother provides quality catering at reasonable prices. In fact, you decide on price as you select from various services. Choose from simple buffets to over-the-top hors d’oeuvres. Flexible catering services are available any style of reception, from buffets to family-style dinners or more traditional served entrees.

Natural Tunnel and Cove Ridge Center


Duffield, Va.

Weddings at Natural TunnelWhatever you’re looking for in a wedding venue, Natural Tunnel has it. Views, history and nature come together here. Depending on the size of your wedding, the park has four different sites for rental.

The deck at Natural Tunnel is probably the most exceptional location for a wedding in the park. Imagine your wedding taking place at the mouth of the tunnel with its impressive cliff faces illuminated by spotlight. The deck can handle 50 chairs comfortably. The deck may be rented only when the chairlift is open.

The gazebo gives the sensation of being on top of the world. It overlooks Rye Cove, and the 360-degree view is breathtaking. The gazebo can accommodate up to 50 chairs. If more space is needed, the wedding party may bring event tents.

The Cove Ridge Center wedding package is the most comprehensive. Rental includes a catering kitchen, great room, library, meeting room, deck and auditorium. Overnight lodging is available for an additional charge. The auditorium seats up to 100. The deck provides an wonderful view. Portions of the deck are covered, and a breezeway is available.

The amphitheater, which is the largest wedding venue at Natural Tunnel, seats up to 200. Some seating is covered. The amphitheater rental includes a sound system and dressing room. Adjoining the Cove Ridge Center are two six-bedroom lodges, each capable of accommodating up to 30 guests. Each room has two bunk beds, and one of the bunks in each room has a double bed bottom. Restrooms and showers are centrally located within the lodges. Lodge guests can enjoy the convenience of a kitchen and have free use of a Junior Olympic size pool during regular operating hours. Park staff will happily arrange an after-hours pool party for an additional fee.

arbor at southwest virginia museumSouthwest Virginia Museum

Big Stone Gap, Va.

Wedding memories are treasures. Create those memories outdoors under an arbor in a flower garden or under a large open tent lined with white lights. The surrounding mountain range and historic three-story mansion make beautiful backdrops. The Southwest Virginia Museum is an unforgettable location and offers wedding packages including space for bridal portraits, rehearsal dinners and receptions. This flier has details and prices.

Twin Lakes State Park

Green Bay, Va.

Cedar Crest Conference Center and gazeboCedar Crest Conference Center at Twin Lakes State Park is the natural choice for a wedding. It's a low-stress, natural and spacious setting able to accommodate up to 135. Its lakeside gazebo is an especially popular place to tie the knot, and the center's spacious decks, prep rooms and large kitchen make it the perfect choice. A large party tent is also available for those who want to enjoy the special day in comfort outdoors. Plus, dedicated staff and a certified meeting professional will work closely with the wedding party to make sure all details are covered. The staff will gladly suggest nearby wedding service providers, or the wedding party can manage as little or as much as they like, including handling their own food service. Tables, chairs and room setup is covered in the wedding package. Tablecloths, linens and a tent are available for rent. Nearby are seven cabins and a four-bedroom lodge for those wanting overnight accommodations. Call Twin Lakes State Park at 434-392-3435 for details on exclusive packages.

Wilderness Road State Park

Ewing, Va.

Karlan Mansion.Marriage is a sacred and binding tradition meant to stand the test of time. Those very attributes make the picturesque Karlan Mansion at Wilderness Road State Park the perfect setting for your wedding. The stately 1878 mansion stands proud as a community icon, near Daniel Boone’s fabled Wilderness Road, with the majestic Cumberland Mountain offering a captivating backdrop. This flier has details and prices.

For more information

A state parks reservations counselor will help with all your reservation needs. Just call 800-933-PARK.